Best Quotes about Books - reading
Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Benson, Arthur Christopher
Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
Thackeray, William M.
What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
Books and marriage go ill together.
Thank you for sending me a copy of your book -- I'll waste no time reading it.
No furniture is so charming as books.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new.
Temple, Sir William
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
Chamfort, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De
Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
Thoreau, Henry David
Thy books should, like thy friends, not many be, yet such wherein men may thy judgment see.
Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
A successful book cannot afford to be more than ten percent new.
Read Homer once, and you can read no more. For all books else appear so mean, and so poor. Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read, and Homer will be all the books you need.
Buckingham, Duke of
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought -- asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
Beware of the person of one book.
Aquinas, St. Thomas
You will be the same person in five as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.
Jones, Charles ''Tremendous''
Book love... is your pass to the greatest, the purest, and the most perfect pleasure that God has prepared for His creatures.
What is reading, but silent conversation.
Landor, Walter Savage
I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed -- and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction.
Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.
A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
Stendhal, Henri B.
The age of the book is almost gone.
A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine -- but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.
Keith, Sir Arthur
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Everything in this book may be wrong. [The Savior's Manual]
Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from the dead -- from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousands of miles away. And yet these, in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object.
Thoreau, Henry David
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
The book you don't read won't help.
Learning to read has been reduced to a process of mastering a series of narrow, specific, hierarchical skills. Where armed-forces recruits learn the components of a rifle or the intricacies of close order drill by the numbers, recruits to reading learn its mechanics sound by sound and word by word.
A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old.
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