100 Famous Book Quotes

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“I guess there are never enough books.”― John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

“Of course I loved books more than people.”― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”― Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

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

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

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”― J.K. Rowling

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”―George R.R. Martin

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

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”― Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”― Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”― Horace Mann

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

“If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?”― Jerry Seinfeld

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”― Franz Kafka

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”― Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

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

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”― Isabel Allende

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”― Annie Dillard, The Living

“My library is an archive of longings.”― Susan Sontag

“Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.”― Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

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

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”―Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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

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

“I cannot live without books.”― Thomas Jefferson

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

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”― Jane Smiley

“The world was hers for the reading.”― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!”― John Waters

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”― Jane Austen

“but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”― Jane Austen

100 Famous Book Quotes

“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”― Jorge Luis Borges

“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”― Abraham Lincoln

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“A good book is an event in my life.”― Stendhal, The Red and the Black

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”―George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”― George Orwell, 1984

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”― Franz Kafka

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”―Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”― Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

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

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”― Louis L’Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw

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

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

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books”― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”― Thomas Jefferson

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

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”― G.K. Chesterton

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”―George Bernard Shaw

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”―Augustine of Hippo