Books Quotes

Henry david thoreau - books are the carriers of civilization. without...
Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.
Heinrich Heine

Augustine birrell - any ordinary man can... surround himself with two...
Jean anouilh - life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to...
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our own particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
E. M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
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 Schopenhaue

The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, by newspapers and the Bible.
Van Wyck Brooks
Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
Sir John Denham
Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.
Henry C. Rogers
Life - Transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
Bell Hooks, O Magazine, December 2003
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.
Samuel Paterson
The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
William Lyon Phelps
Books have the same enemies as people fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
Paul Valery
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
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Henry Ward Beeche
A home without books is a body without soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.
Jackie Collins
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
We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.
Alfred A. Montapert
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
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 B. Johnson
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.
Sir Francis Bacon
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain
And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case; God has written all the books.
Samuel Butler, The Note - Books of Samuel Butler (1912)
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle
There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Mary Wortley Montagu
Never lend books - Nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.
Anatole France
The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former.
Samuel Smiles
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
William E. Channing
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 Adrien Helvetius
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
John Burrough
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
W. H. Auden
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
The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
Anita Brookne
It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Why dont you write books people can read.
Nora Joyce, to her husband James
Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity.
Spanish Prove
Who knows why we live, and 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 Stewart Paton
The average trade book has a shelf life of between milk and yogurt, except for books by any member of the Irving Wallace family - They have preservatives.
Calvin Trillin