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Books and Reading

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Never judge a book by its movie. - J. W. Eagan


"And what are you reading, Miss -----?" "Oh! it is only a novel" ... or, in short, only some work in which the most thorough knowledge of numan nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language. - Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, 1818


People think that becasue a novel's invented, it isn't true. Exactly the reverse is the case. Biography and memoirs can never be wholly true, since they cannot include every conceivable circumstance of what happened. The novel can do that. - Anthony Powell, Hearing Secret Harmonies, 1964


The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation - Goethe 1836


What is so wonderful about great literature is that it transforms teh man who reads it toward the condition of the man who wrote. - E. M. Forster


It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercouse with superior minds. - William Ellery Channing


A good book should leave you ... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. - William Styron


Books are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and teh clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greates misfortune that ever befell man was teh invention of printing. - Benjamin Disraeli, Lothair, 1870


A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


". . . a library tends to become a veritable Frankenstein, eating up elbow-room and bearing down like an avalanche on space, long before its creator realizes it to be no longer his slave." Thomas Moult: Introduction to Spencer's Forty Years in My Bookshop


"It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything."

~Lord Henry P. Brougham


"People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading." Logan Pearsall Smith.


“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.” - Horace Mann


It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)


Miss a meal if you have to, but don't miss a book.

--Jim Rohn


There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.

--Walt Disney


When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet,

but his books were read'.

--Hillaire Belloc


I have fallen in love a thousand times in my lifetime.

All which have been with books



The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.

--Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


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

--Gilbert Highet


Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this it the ideal life.

--Mark Twain


I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

--Groucho Marx


"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." Stephan Mallarme


"The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page." Anonymous


"It took people 10 years to figure out that while stuck in a morning commute, they could be listening to a book." Publishers Weekly - Paul Hilts


"I cannot live without books." Thomas Jefferson


"It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful."

Vincent van Gogh


“What is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


"For books are more than books. They are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives." Amy Lowell


"There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight." ABC of Reading - Ezra Pound


"Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny.

In this war, we know, books are weapons." Message to the American Booksellers Association - Franklin Delano Roosevelt


"Even bad books are books, and therefore sacred." The Tin Drum - Gunther Grass


"God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide." The Strange Necessity - Rebecca West


"Classic--a book people praise and don’t read." Following the Equator - Mark Twain


"Every man must die sooner or later, but good books must be preserved."

Don Vincente


"You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many books." Vogue - Carter Burden


I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little. - Voltaire


The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. - Mark Twain


Beware the man of one book. - Latin Proverb


Books to the ceiling

Books to the sky.

My pile of books

Are a mile high.

How I love them! How I need them!

I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.

Arnold Lobel


A good book written for children can be read by adults.

Norton Juster


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Oscar Wilde


Never judge a book by its movie.

J. W. Eagan


The paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace the hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.

Alfred Hitchcock


Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read.

Groucho Marx (1895-1977)


Usenet is like Tetris for people who still remember how to read.

Button from the Computer Museum, Boston, MA


Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.

Bennett, Alan


Books, the children of the brain.

Jonathan Swift. 1667-1745.


The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882), 'Morituri Salutamus,' 1875


Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. - Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)


"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - GK Chesterton


It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can. - Jane Hamilton, The Book of Ruth


The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. - Katherine Mansfield (1888 - 1923)


If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)


Never lend books - nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. - Anatole France (1844 - 1924)


We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. -B. F. Skinner


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


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

- Henry Ward Beecher


"The greatest university of all is a collection of books." Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)


"Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries." -Christopher Morley, (1890-1957)


"Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings." (German: "Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.")—Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor (1821)

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