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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.
Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
Henry Ward Beecher

You can cover a great deal of country in books
Andrew Lang

Youth is a time when we find the books we give up but do not get over.
Lionel Trilling

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

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 are a languid pleasure
Montaigne

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

All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
Carl Sagan

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of the children of men
John Alfred Langford

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

Between the covers of the books that no-one had ever read again, in the old parchments damaged by dampness, a livid flower had prospered, and in the air that had been the purest and brightest in the house an unbearable smell of rotten memories floated.
Gabriel Marquez

Hugh Grant and I both laugh and cringe at the same things, worship the same books, eat the same food, hate central heating and sleep with the window open. I thought these things were vital, but being two peas in a pod ended up not being enough.
Liz Hurley

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
Theodor Geisel

Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, 'Lighthouses' as the poet said 'erected in the sea of time.' They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Americans like fat books and thin women.
Russell Baker

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

Books are only the shadow and life the real thing. I believe this as strongly as any belief I hold.
Esther Forbes

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 good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint
Mark Twain

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

Books, the children of the brain.
Jonathan Swift

If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all
Francois De Salignac Fenelon

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

Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
George Bernard Shaw

It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
William Faulkner

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

It is with books as with women, where a certain plainness of manner and of dress is more engaging than that glare of paint and airs and apparel which may dazzle the eye, but reaches not the affections
David Hume

Doesn't anyone here think this sounds like a vision of hell? While we are all competing or dying, when will there be time for sex or music or books? Stop the world, I want to get off.
Howard Stringer

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.
Jim Bishop

Next in importance to books are their titles.
Frank Crane

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Horace

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.
John Galbraith

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

Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses.
Leigh Hunt

When I was in prison, I was wrapped up in all those deep books. That Tolstoy crap - people shouldn't read that stuff.
Mike Tyson

Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
Lin Yutang

Wherever books will be burned, men also, in the end, are burned. (Almansor)
Heinrich Heine

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

Who knows for what we live, struggle and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.
Alan Paton

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to do it?
Bette Midler

An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children
Benjamin Disraeli

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



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