Popular Quotes and Sayings about Books

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. ~Albert Einstein

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. ~Oscar Wilde

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. ~Oscar Wilde

The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool. ~Jane Wagner

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~Mark Twain

Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it. ~Woody Allen

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

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. ~Groucho Marx

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. ~Dorothy Parker

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. ~G. K. Chesterton

There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter. What this country needs is a good five-cent nickel. ~Franklin P. Adams

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. ~Benjamin Franklin

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. ~Sir Francis Bacon

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had. ~Sir Francis Bacon

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

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. ~Michel de Montaigne

Learn as much by writing as by reading. ~Lord Acton

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year. ~Horace Mann

Never read a book through merely because you have begun it. ~John Witherspoon

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter. ~Paxton Hood

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. ~Austin Phelps

Keep cool and you command everybody. ~Louis de Saint-Just

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath. ~Jacob Braude

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. ~Kathleen Norris

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. ~Charles Caleb Colton

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

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. ~Edith Sitwell

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is bad luck to be superstitious. ~Andrew W. Mathis

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. ~W. Somerset Maugham

I think wholeness comes from living your life consciously during the day and then exploring your inner life or unconscious at night. ~Margery Cuyler

He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays - cynical, but hopeful. ~Dame Rose Macaulay

It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead. ~Dame Rose Macaulay

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment. ~Thomas Jefferson

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine. ~H. L. Mencken

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. ~H. L. Mencken

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. ~Henry David Thoreau

This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop. ~Alfred Hitchcock

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson