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The 55 Best Quotes About Books

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With the proliferation of the internet, one might think that the simple book is slowly going the way of the Dodo bird.

But this is not the case.

Books are still the best way to live someone else’s life. They are the best way to communicate a complex idea, or create an unimaginable world.

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Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. Annie Dillard

There is no friend as loyal as a book quote

A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful. Maurice Sendak

When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes. Erasmus

It’s a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place. Cornelia Funke

A book is a device to ignite the imagination Alan Bennett

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things. Jeffrey Eugenides

I feel happy and secure when I’m on my bed with a good book… I forget everything which is terrible in our world. Françoise Hardy

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

Only your friends steal your books. Voltaire

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

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

I cannot live without books.

The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. J.A. Langford

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

We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Philip Pullman

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. Jeanette Winterson

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 William Eliot

A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him. Walter Mosley

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. C.S. Lewis

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

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

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

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. Edward P. Morgan

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. Dr. Seuss

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

A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness. Susan Sontag

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. Ernest Hemingway

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

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

I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on. Kurt Vonnegut

A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. Madeleine L’Engle

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. Anna Quindlen

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of the children of men. J.A. Langford

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. George Orwell

Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. Anne Lamott

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead. Clarence Shepard Day

No two persons ever read the same book.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads. Sherman Alexie

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. Harold Kushner

A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself. Andrew Lang

We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them. Don’t sleep with people who don’t read! John Waters

Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books. Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start. John Green

What you don’t know would make a great book. Sydney Smith

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

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