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There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.

- Mencken, H. L.
2.

Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.

- Wesley, John
3.

The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul."

- Paxton Hood
4.

Books are never finished they are merely abandoned.

- Oscar Wilde
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There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.

- Anna Quindlen
6.

I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.

- Rostand, Jean
7.

The Bible give us a list of human stories on both sides of the ledger. On list of human stories is used examples -- do what these people did. Another list of human stories is used as warnings -- don't do what these people did. So if your story ever gets in one of these books, make sure they use it as an example, not a warning.

- Rohn, Jim
8.

Read much, but not many books.

- Benjamin Franklin
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Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.

- Colton, Charles Caleb
10.

There are seventy million books in American libraries, but the one you want is always out.

- Masson, Thomas L.
11.

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is a person who will give me a book that I have not read.

- Abraham Lincoln
12.

The newest books are those that never grow old.

- Jackson, George Holbrook
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Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.

- Lichtenberg, Georg C.
14.

It does not follow because many books are written by persons born in America that there exists an American literature. Books which imitate or represent the thoughts and life of Europe do not constitute an American literature. Before such can exist, an original idea must animate this nation and fresh currents of life must call into life fresh thoughts along the shore.

- Fuller, Margaret
15.

The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.

- Mencken, H. L.
16.

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

- Jane Austen
17.

This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.

- Elbert Hubbard
18.

My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

- Malcolm X
19.

To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.

- Schopenhauer, Arthur
20.

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off... They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.

- Pearl Buck


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