Best Quotes and Sayings about Books

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It is no secret that I love books.  Though I prefer the printed book, I also have electronic collections on every advice imaginable.  From speaking about the future of books or how books make a better life to visiting bookstores and libraries around the globe, I share this passion with many of you.  And it’s not just about the content inside.  I also love collecting my favorite book covers each year.

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones was one of my great influencers.  He repeatedly said that, “You will be the same person you are today in five years but for two things:  the people you meet and the books you read.”

Books change lives.

Here are some of my favorite quotes about books:

 

“I cannot live without books.” –Thomas Jefferson

 

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” -Abraham Lincoln

 

“I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at people.” –Charles Bukowski

 

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney

 

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

 

“Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.” -William Feather

 

“A book worth reading is worth buying.” -John Ruskin

 

“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” -Ernest Hemingway

 

“So many books, so little time.” -Frank Zappa

 

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

 

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

 

“Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside of you.” -Carlos Zafon

 

“You are today who you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” –Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

 

“My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” –Abraham Lincoln

 

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” –Dr. Seuss

 

“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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

“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

 

“The covers of this book are too far apart.” –Ambrose Bierce

 

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

 

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience. This is the ideal life.” -Mark Twain

 

“A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.” –Thomas Carlyle

 

“Books are the training weights of the mind.” -Epictetus

 

“Tis the good reader that makes the good book.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

“If you love books enough, books will love you back.” –Jo Walton

 

“The book you don’t read won’t help.” –Jim Rohn

 

“A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.” -Franz Kafka

 

“Never judge a book by its movie.” –J.W. Eagan

 

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” –Salman Rushdie

 

“A man will turn over half a library to make one book.” –Samuel Johnson

 

“A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.” -W.H. Auden

 

“Rereading, we find a new book.” –Mason Cooley

 

“No two persons ever read the same book.” –Edmund Wilson

 

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” –P.J. O’Rourke

 

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” -Alan Bennett

 

“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” –Chinese Proverb

 

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

 

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” –Edmund Burke

 

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.” –Edward Morgan

 

“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

 

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

 

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

 

“A good book has no ending.” -R.D. Cumming

 

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” -Daniel Handler

 

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

 

“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.” –Northrop Frye

 

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

 

“Drink deeply from good books.”  -John Wooden

 

 

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