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Book Quotes - Group I

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors. ~Henry Ward Beecher

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~Chinese Proverb

A book that is shut is but a block. ~Thomas Fuller

A few savage tribes eat books, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West. ~E.M. Forster

A good book has no ending. ~R.D. Cumming

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

A house without books is like a room without windows. ~Heinrich Mann

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.... What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. ~Henry David Thoreau

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ~P.J. O'Rourke

Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world. ~Walter Pater

Book Quotes - Group II

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King

Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome. ~William Ewart Gladstone

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. ~E.P. Whipple

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

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. ~James Russell Lowell

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life." ~Helen Exley

Books had instant replay long before televised sports. ~Bern Williams

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. ~William Hazlitt

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. ~Abraham Lincoln

Book Quotes - Group III

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. ~Jeremy Collier

Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book. ~John Ruskin

Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, - from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. ~Charles Kingsley

Far more seemly were it for thee to have thy study full of books, than thy purse full of money. ~John Lyly

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. ~Jessamyn West

From my point of view, a book is a literary prescription put up for the benefit of someone who needs it. ~S.M. Crothers

God be thanked for books! They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. ~W.E. Channing

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. ~Augustine Birrell

He fed his spirit with the bread of books. ~Edwin Markham

He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot. ~Arabic Proverb How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget. ~William Lyon Phelps

I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx

I have friends whose society is delightful to me; they are persons of all countries and of all ages; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters; easy to live with, always at my command. ~Francesco Petrarch

I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things. ~George Robert Gissing

I like intellectual reading. It's to my mind what fiber is to my body. ~Grey Livingston

I love to lose myself in other men's minds.... Books think for me. ~Charles Lamb

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves. ~E.M. Forster

I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it. ~Woodrow Wilson

If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. ~Oscar Wilde

Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh. ~Judah Ibn Tibbon

Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total. ~Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning

Many persons read and like fiction. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this. ~Rose Macaulay

Many persons read and like fiction. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this. ~Rose Macaulay

Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death hath no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever. ~J. Swartz

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

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. ~Anatole France

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. ~Mary Wortley Montagu

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book? ~Marina Tsvetaeva

Nothing is worth reading that does not require an alert mind. ~Charles Dudley Warner

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

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. ~William Styron

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~Richard Steele, Tatler, 1710

Reading means borrowing. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. ~Harold Bloom

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. ~Francis Bacon

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. ~Amos Bronson Alcott

The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one's encounter with it in a book. ~André Maurois

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing. ~Lord Chesterfield

The multitude of books is making us ignorant. ~Voltaire

The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. ~Samuel Butler

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross

The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived. ~Howard Pyle

The wise man reads both books and life itself. ~Lin Yutang

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. ~G.K. Chesterton

There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back. ~Jim Fiebig

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. ~Elbert Hubbard

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida

TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book. ~Author Unknown

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. ~Harper Lee

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

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~Clifton Fadiman

When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

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