Books Quotes

Charles w. eliot, the happy life, 1896 - books are the quietest and most constant of...
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

Voltaire - you despise books you whose lives are absorbed in...
Theodore parke - the books that help you most are those which make...
All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - That work I abhor - Then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.
Katherine Paterson
Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them.
Lord Chesterfield

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
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Gilbert Highet
It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
Voltaire
Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Life is a library owned by an author. It has a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
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
We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends.
Alfred A. Montapert
Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.
Henry C. Rogers
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
If an army of monkeys were strumming on typewriters, they might write all the books in the British Museum.
Sir Arthur Eddington
America has begun a spiritual reawakening. Faith and hope are being restored. Americans are turning back to God. Church attendance is up. Audiences for religious books and broadcasts are growing. And I do believe that he has begun to heal our blessed land.
President Ronald Reagan, to the National Association of Evangelicals, Columbus, Ohio
Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.
Ford Maddox
Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.
Pietro Aretino
There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends - Always ready to meet your mood, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that.
Donald J. Adams
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
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
Heinrich Heine
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Horace
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse
Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - But it is terrible when one has to live it.
Jean Anouilh
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
You can cover a great deal of country in books.
Andrew Lang
If you are an author and give one of your books to a member of the upper class, you must never expect him to read it.
Paul Fussell
I mean your borrowers of books - Those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Charles Lam
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
In politics I am growing indifferent - - I would like it, if I could now return to my planting and books at home.
Francois Arouet
I have no doubt that faith is only pure when it does not negate the faith of another. I have no doubt that evil can be fought and that indifference is no option. I have no doubt that fanaticism is dangerous. And of all the books in the world on life, I have no doubt that the life of one person weighs more than them all.
Elie Wiesel, O Magazine, November 2000
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 particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.
Edward Morgan Forste
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
It does not matter how many books you have, but how good the books are which you have.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
Saint Bernard, Epistle
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
Happy are the people whose annals are blank in history books.
Thomas Carlyle
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Henry Ward Beeche