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Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.

- Morely, John
Isn't it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?

- Albert Einstein
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

- Gilbert Highet
The number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.

- Denis Diderot
Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.

- Auden, W. H.
Next, in importance to books are their titles.

- Davies, Paul
O, let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presages of my speaking breast.

- Shakespeare, William
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.

- Barthes, Roland
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.

- Henry Ward Beecher
We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.

- Hutchins, Robert M.
Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood --for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.

- Greene, Graham
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
In the electronic age, books, words and reading are not likely to remain sufficiently authoritative and central to knowledge to justify literature.

- Kernan, Alvin
To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.

- Robertson Davies
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.

- Fuentes, Carlos
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.

- France, Anatole
Al forms of consensus about great books and perennial problems, once stabilized, tend to deteriorate eventually into something philistine. The real life of the mind is always at the frontiers of what is already known. Those great books don't only need custodians and transmitters. To stay alive, they also need adversaries. The most interesting ideas are heresies.

- Sontag, Susan
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned--the biggest word of all--look.

- Robert Fulghum
To read too many books is harmful.

- Zedong, Mao
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



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