Books quotes and quotations
Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.
Daniel J. Boorstein
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
Louisa May Alcott
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away.
A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested.
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
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.
I have every sympathy with the American who was so horrified by what he had read about the effects of smoking that he gave up reading.
Henry G. Strauss
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
Henry Ward Beecher
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
I have a real soft spot in my heart for librarians and people who care about books.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
Our house was a temple to The Book. We owned thousands, nay millions of books. They lined the walls, filled the cupboards, and turned the floor into a maze far more complex than Hampton Court's. Books ruled our lives. They were our demigods.
After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.
The books that help you most are those which make you think the 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.
We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All books are either dreams or swords,
You can cut, or you can drug, with words.
It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the intercourse with superior minds... In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most previous thought, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.
William Ellery Channing
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas—a place where history comes to life.