Books Quotes

Walter bagehot - the reason that there are so few good books...
Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend rather than the gloss of a sweet lipped flatterer; there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.
Francis Quarles
A man loses contact with reality if he is not surrounded by his books.
Franois Maurice Mitterrand
President ronald reagan, to the national association of evangelicals, columbus, ohio - america has begun a spiritual reawakening. faith...
I think it is good that books still exist, but they make me sleepy.
Frank Zappa

He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays - Cynical, but hopeful.
Dame Rose Macaulay, Crewe Train, 1926
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 the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore.
Henry Ward Beeche
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
Sir W. Temple
Voltaire - you despise books you whose lives are absorbed in...
The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.
Christopher Dawson
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
Thomas Carlyle
The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
Theodore Parke
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
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
G. K. Chesterton
I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.
Oscar Levant
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
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Henry Ward Beeche
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
Sir Francis Bacon
Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?
Karl Kraus
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
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
Mark Twain
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Gilbert Highet
From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.
Helen Hayes
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
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
Books have the same enemies as people fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
Paul Valery
Christ is the Master the Scriptures are only the servant. The true way to test all the Books is to see whether they work the will of Christ or not. No Book which does not preach Christ can be apostolic, though Peter or Paul were its author. And no Book which does preach Christ can fail to be apostolic though Judas, Ananias, Pilate or Herod were its author.
Martin Luthe
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
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
Horace
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
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
Voltaire
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse
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)
Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Francis Bacon
Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
Paxton Hood
Many books today suggest that the mass of women lead lives of noisy desperation.
Peter S. Prescott
It meant that New York philanthropists, New York society, would now rediscover the library. ... that learning, books, education have glamour, that self - Improvement has glamour, that hope has glamour.
Vartan Gregorian