Book Quotes

Quotes on Books, Readers and Reading:

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
― Cicero

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
― Cicero

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
― C. S. Lewis

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
― Ernest Hemingway

So many books, so little time.
― Frank Zappa

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.
― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx 

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
― Gustave Flaubert

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.
― J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
― Jane Austen

Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.
― Jeanette Winterson

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
― Jorge Luis Borges

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
― Joseph Brodsky

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish 

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish 

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
― Mark Twain

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
― Mark Twain

Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.
― Mark Twain

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
― Mark Twain

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

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.
― Mark Twain

You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?
― Mark Twain

Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.
― Markus Zusak

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.
― Neil Gaiman

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

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

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
― Oscar Wilde

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
― Oscar Wilde

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.
― Stephen King

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.
― Stephen King

33 thoughts on “Book Quotes

  1. Your blog feels like home to me.
    My father has a personal collection of more than 10,000 books. Though once I moved out, I really miss a living room full of books, dining table with no place to serve and many more such little things. I miss reading a lot due to time paucity now.. 😉


  2. My Dear Pankaj, This is the category I visit again and again in Your blog. And I see that You have Added quotes here. But You have left them All in the same group. I can’t even give a second ‘like’ to this! Please create separate posts in this. Thanks. 🙂

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  3. I see that there is considerable interest in quotes among your readers. I recently published a collection of them and regret that you are currently not accepting review requests.Rather than spamming your list,I will return at a later date and hope to have better luck. (big smile)

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