Quotes About Books

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”

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-Paul Auster

“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”

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-Pat Conroy

“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.”

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-Oscar Wilde

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

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-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.”

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-Oscar Wilde

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

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-Oscar Wilde

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

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-Orhan Pamuk

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

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-Nicholson Baker

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”

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-Neil Gaiman

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

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-Neil Gaiman

“[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…”

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-Neil Gaiman

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

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-Mortimer J. Adler

“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”

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-Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“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.”

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-Markus Zusak

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

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-Markus Herz

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

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-Mark Twain

“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.”

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-Mark Twain

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

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-Mark Twain

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

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-Mark Twain

“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.”

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-Margaret Walker
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