Books Quotes

Thomas carlyle - happy are the people whose annals are blank in...
In politics I am growing indifferent - - I would like it, if I could now return to my planting and books at home.
Francois Arouet

Paxton hood - be as careful of the books you read, as of the...
G. k. chesterton - a room without books is like a body without a...
Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.
Heinrich Heine
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
Heinrich Heine

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
Sir W. Temple
He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays - Cynical, but hopeful.
Dame Rose Macaulay, Crewe Train, 1926
The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
Rene Descartes
You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
James Baldwin
I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two - Thirds of the people of the Earth might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.
Albert Einstein
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Francis Bacon
Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books; but love from look, toward school with heavy looks.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Generally speaking, men are influenced by books which clarify their own thought, which express their own notions well, or which suggest to them ideas which their minds are already predisposed to accept.
Carl Lotus Becke
I wonder how so insupportable a thing as a bookseller was ever permitted to grow up in the Commonwealth. Many of our modern booksellers are but needless excrements, or rather vermin.
George Withe
I cannot live without books.
Thomas Jefferson
A man loses contact with reality if he is not surrounded by his books.
Franois Maurice Mitterrand
I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.
Oscar Levant
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1820
Many books today suggest that the mass of women lead lives of noisy desperation.
Peter S. Prescott
You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things the people with whom you associate and the books you read.
Charles Jones
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
Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - - what are they They are the happiest people in the world.
William Lyon Phelps
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
Voltaire
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
W. H. Auden
We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.
Alfred A. Montapert
Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings. Dort, wo man B? cher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.
Heinrich Heine, From his play Almansor (1821)
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
Sir Francis Bacon
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
Any ordinary man can... surround himself with two thousand books... and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Augustine Birrell
Books give not wisdome where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.
Sir John Harington
When the destroyer comes, his first act will be to destroy all the books.
Thomas More
Men do not understand books until they have had a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
Ezra Loomis Pound
The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
Katherine Mansfield
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle
In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.
Mark Twain
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Henry Ward Beeche
The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
Anita Brookne