Quotes about Books

So many books, so little time.” Frank Zappa

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Jane Austen

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Mark Twain

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” G.K. Chesterton

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” Oscar Wilde

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” Oscar Wilde

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” Madeleine L’Engle

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

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis

“Classic’ -a book which people praise and don’t read.” Mark Twain

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” Ernest Hemingway

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! –When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Eliot

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” Oscar Wilde

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” Mark Twain

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” C.S. Lewis

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” Henry Ward Beecher

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

“I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” Bertrand Russell

 

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