Quotes About Books

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

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-Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

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-Marcus Tullius Cicero

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”

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-Roald Dahl

“In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you’re walking away from a bus that’s just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it’s raining on top of everything else, most people might think that’s just really bad luck; when you’re a half-blood, you understand that some devine force is really trying to mess up your day.”

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-Rick Riordan

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

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-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

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-Philip Pullman

“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.”

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-Philip Pullman

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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