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Books Quotes

Books are treasures for a person whose ultimate purpose is to gather knowledge. Books give great wisdom to us and also help us nurture our character and the understanding of our own self. However, you must be more careful when choosing books because certain books can even hamper your growth. People, with their different tastes, choose different authors to read and that makes a hundred different genres in fiction alone and much more in non-fiction. Read the following quotes on books to know how important they are to us.

T. S. Eliot

And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.

Toni Morrison

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

John Milton

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.

Bill Bryson

I don't plan to write another science book, but I don't plan not to. I do enjoy writing histories, and taking subjects that are generally dull and trying to make them interesting.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Garrison Keillor

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

Carl Sandburg

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.

William Osler

It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.

Walt Whitman

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

Camille Paglia

Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.

Horace Mann

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.

Eudora Welty

It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass.

Isaac Asimov

I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.


The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.

Charles Baudelaire

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.

Quentin Tarantino

A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.


You cannot open a book without learning something.

P. G. Wodehouse

Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels.

Horace Mann

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.

Nora Roberts

I decided to write category romance as I'd recently discovered them, and enjoyed them.

Anatole France

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.

Joseph Addison

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

William Lyon Phelps

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.

Oprah Winfrey

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi

Charles Kingsley

Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.

Willie Nelson

I like myself better when I'm writing regularly.

Aldous Huxley

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

Hillaire Belloc

Child! Do not throw this book about; refrain from the unholy pleasure of cutting all the pictures out.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.

Maya Angelou

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

Virginia Woolf

I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it.

Dr. Seuss

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.

Hillaire Belloc

I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.

Ernest Hemingway

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.

Maya Angelou

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.

William Osler

He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.

John Greenleaf Whittier

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

Reese Witherspoon

I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything.

Zac Efron

Personally, I was never the cool kid. I was always sort of a bookworm. I would just like to be more like Troy, because he's so cool.


Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.

Horace Mann

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.

Henry Ward Beecher

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.

Ulysses S. Grant

Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.

Stephen Colbert

I don't like books, they're all fact, no heart.

Horace Mann

A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.

James Russell Lowell

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

Stephen King

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Saint Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

Robert Frost

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.

Vladimir Nabokov

Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.

Dwight L. Moody

There's no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself.

Victor Hugo

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

Vladimir Nabokov

Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

William Makepeace Thackeray

Certain opuscules, denominated Christmas Books, with the ostensible intention of swelling the tide of exhilaration, or other expansive emotions, incident upon the exodus of the old and the inauguration of the new year.

Hillaire Belloc

Just as there is nothing between the admirable omelet and the intolerable, so with autobiography.

George Carlin

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

Martin Luther

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

George Washington Carver

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.

John Dryden

Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.

Walt Disney

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

Richard Burton

They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.

Charles Kingsley

We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded.

John Milton

Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.

Terri Guillemets

I don't think I could have written what I did any earlier.

Sophia Bush

In the initial season of a show, you're figuring out your character and their life and their background and you're putting together all the chapters of the book.

Nora Roberts

Mary Stewart will always be my goddess. I can pick up one of her early books - one I've read a dozen times - and still slide right into the story.

Mitch Albom

Since everyone was going to die, he could be of great value, right? ... He could be research. A human textbook. 'Study me in my slow and patient demise. Watch what happens to me. Learn with me.

Dave Barry

If you have a big enough dictionary, just about everything is a word.

Henry Ward Beecher

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

Robert Frost

The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.

Theodore Roosevelt

I am a part of everything that I have read.

Groucho Marx

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.

Harry S. Truman

Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.

LeBron James

I don't read books much.

Lily Collins

I'm a huge fan of the series of books by Cassandra Clare, 'The Mortal Instruments.'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Most states in the union where the death penalty is theoretically on the books don't have executions.

Lily Collins

I've always loved fantasy books. Even just growing up, I've always kind of loved magic and fantasy.

Elon Musk

I've actually not read any books on time management.

Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development – an insight came from that book.