60 Quotes on Books

60 Quotes About Books & Reading

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Quotes About Books

Books are like magic.

They are the teachers most of us never had.

They also serve us an entry, a door into the mind of the author.

Throughout history, all great men and women have repeatedly ascribed their success in life and business to a never fading love for the books.

Today we bring you 33 of the best quotes about books and the love for literature and reading.

Let’s begin…

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“[D]on’t ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read…”

Neil Gaiman

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.”

Jo Walton

“Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.”

Guy de Maupassant

“If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.”

Terry Pratchett

“What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!”

Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”

Louis L’Amour

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”

Abraham Lincoln

“If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books.

The book needs you.”

Gary Paulsen

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”

Caroline Gordon

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”

Stephen Fry

“He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world.

She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.”

Markus Zusak

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”

Philip Pullman

“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”

Roberto Bolaño

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”

Terry Pratchett

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”

G.K. Chesterton

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”

Ray Bradbury

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”

Simone de Beauvoir

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

Joseph Joubert

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!”

Dr. Seuss

“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

“Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.”

Nicholson Baker

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”

Malcolm X

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

Stéphane Mallarmé

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”

Stephen King

“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.”

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

C.S. Lewis

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

Walt Disney

“So many books, so little time.”

Frank Zappa

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Jane Austen

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Mark Twain

“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

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

Groucho Marx

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

Haruki Murakami

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

Lemony Snicket

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis

“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

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

Oscar Wilde

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Ernest Hemingway

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

Groucho Marx

“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

“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

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Cassandra Clare

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni Morrison

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

Mark Twain

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Jane Austen

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

John Green

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

Oscar Wilde

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

Madeleine L’Engle

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

George R.R. Martin

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”

Sylvia Plath

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Cassandra Clare

“Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.”

Markus Herz

“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

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

William Styron