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Books think for me. I can read anything which I call a book
Charles Lamb

Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mists of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past.
Margaret Thatcher

Books of quotations are an elemental model of how culture is perpetuated, the wisdom of the trite passed on to posterity, to be added to, edited, and modified by subsequent generations.
Robert Andrews

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves
Claude Arien Helvetius

The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Jackie Collins

The newest books are those that never grow old
Holbrook Jackson

Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
Samuel Johnson

We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law.
Lyndon Johnson

The booger jokes. And my editor always takes out four letter words when I put then in the children's books. And the sex parts [on the difference between kids and adults books]
Meg Cabot

There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and forty-eight.
Ezra Pound

Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate
Jesse Lee Bennett

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Umberto Eco

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
Galbraith

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Gilbert Highet

I am Envy. I cannot read and therefore wish all books burned
Christopher Marlowe

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
Tryon Edwards

My father said, 'There are times to sit, or stand and be counted,'
When good people die, just laws are forsaken, banned books smolder,
There comes a time when our steed must be armored and mounted;
The balance of good and evil rests on our collective shoulders.
Jason Merchey

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Joseph Addison

Unlearned men of books assume the care,
As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair
Edward Young

Books are a languid pleasure
Montaigne

Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
Oswald Chambers

Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.
B C Forbes

It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000.
William Faulkner

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
Rene Descartes

Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Amos Bronson Alcott

Americans are paying for our lack of an energy policy with their jobs and out of their pocketbooks.
Bob Beauprez

You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many books.
Carter Burden

The wise are above books.
Samuel Daniel

Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Henry Ward Beecher

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
Edward Gibbon

Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution - such call I good books.
Helen Rowland

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
W B Yeats

You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.
Spike Lee

There were two things Janey Little loved best in the world: music and books, and not necessarily in that order.
Charles De Lint

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.
E M Forster

Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this. Books are where things are explained to you, life where things aren't.
Julian Barnes

The silent power of books is a great power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them which those alone can know who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they may yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations
Henry Giles

The most accomplished way of using books is to serve them as some people do lords; learn their titles and then brag of their acquaintance.
Laurence Sterne

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people.
Thomas Davidson

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.
Amy Lowell

The impulse to dream was slowly beaten out of me by experience. Now it surged up again and I hungered for books, new ways of looking and seeing.
Richard Wright

We really have no definition of mother in our lawbooks.
Marianne O Battani

Books, like friends, should be few, and well chosen
Samuel Paterson

Next in importance to books are their titles.
Frank Crane

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Norman Mailer

Well, now that he's finished one building, he'll Le Corbusier go write four books about it.
Frank Lloyd Wright

If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
William Makepeace Thackeray

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
W H Auden



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