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Books Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Books

Please enjoy these Books Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

Related topics: Christian Religion

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

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

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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.
- George Washington Carver

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

I live alone, with cats, books, pictures,
fresh vegetables to cook, the garden,
the hens to feed.
- Jeanette Winterson

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

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

Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

More books, more racing and more foolishness with cars
and motorcycles are in the works.
- Brock Yates

A house without books is like a room without windows.
- Horace Mann

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
- Henry David Thoreau

I find myself gravitating towards drama.
It interests me.
In the books I read, the paintings I like,
it's always the darker stuff.
- Naomi Watts

There was a time when the world acted on books;
now books act on the world.
- Joseph Joubert

In the later books I am much more at home in the use
of language to describe things.
I had never thought of that until a critic pointed that out.
- Robert Morgan

I don't keep any copy of my books around...
they would embarass me.
When I finish writing my books, I kick them in the belly,
and have done with them.
- Ludwig Bemelmans

I don't read books.
- Eric Bristow

Most of my books have caused distribution and printing problems in the past.
- Peter Sotos

Mr. Arthur Ashe, he was good.
I read some of his books.
He knew about everything, but he was real quiet and didn't talk much.
I never met him.
- Mike Tyson

At the moment, I have it planned as a six or seven year experiment,
but the books will only ever appear in bursts like
this every couple of years and only with the best quality artists.
- Mark Millar

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds

I don't like Communism because it hands out wealth through rationing books.
- Omar Torrijos Herrera

I was reading a lot of books I admired,
and thought that I would like to write something like that someday.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would
rather have one than a new Ferrari.
- Dean Koontz

The reason why so few good books are written is that
so few people who can write know anything.
- Walter Bagehot

I think plays, like books, are endemic.
They grow out of the soil of the writer and the place he's writing about.
I think, you just can't move them about,
you know.
- Peter Shaffer

Books say: she did this because.
Life says: she did this.
Books are where things are explained to you,
life where things aren't.
- Julian Barnes

The Bible remained for me a book of books,
still divine - but divine in the sense that all great
books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.
- Joseph Joubert

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading
books is a more and more unusual experience,
and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright

I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Basically, particularly in Britain, it's a hegemonic
thing that people who write tend to come from the leisure classes.
They can afford the time and the books.
- Irvine Welsh

I understand that when people read my books that there's something there -
but I don't identify with it.
- Kathy Acker

Most books, like their authors, are born to die;
of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them;
they live,
and their influence lives forever.
- William Styron

I don't think any good book is based on factual experience.
Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
- Carlos Fuentes

Oh yeah, I was one of the first guys writing comic books,
I wrote Captain America, with guys like Stan Lee,
who became famous later on with Marvel Comics.
- Mickey Spillane

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers,
my books attain a collective dignity.
- E. M. Forster

I don't often reread my own books, unless I am going
into another in the series and need to refresh my mood
when originating the concept.
- Anne McCaffrey

I didn't have time for talent shows and stuff like that.
I was into books and studying real hard.
- Cheryl Lynn

I make money using my brains and lose money listening to my heart.
But in the long run my books balance pretty well.
- Kate Seredy

I'd always liked to read, but when I picked up books
I wasn't getting the same kind of excitement from them
that I was from going out clubbing.
I wanted to get the same kind of feel.
- Irvine Welsh

Books stay with me and have shaped me and made huge impacts on my life.
- Stephan Jenkins

I've written a lot of books which are written from the moon -
the view from nowhere.
- Clifford Geertz

I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books;
I'm sure more people have read my two little detective
puzzles because of the SF connection.
- John Sladek

I've learned to look like I'm listening to long confusing
plots of cartoons and comic books when I'm actually
sound asleep or making grocery shopping lists in my head.
- Patricia Heaton

I'm very lucky.
I'm very fortunate that my books have never gone out of print -
none of them.
- Paula Danziger

I love comic books and always did as a kid.
- Rick Moody

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise
of a literary profession,
has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter,
when one comes to write about it.
- Mary A. Ward

I really hate those books where the murderer turns
out to be somebody you never heard of who pops up in the last chapter.
- Jane Haddam

It is my aim, and every effort bent,
that the sum and history of my life,
which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too,
shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
- William Faulkner

I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
- Jean Rostand

How could I make a little book, when I have seen enough
to make a dozen large books?
- John James Audubon

I don't publish the books to make money,
not at all.
- Peter Sotos

I'd love to do a whole series of stories and have them collected into books.
- Sergio Aragones

Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes
them down from a shelf and frees them.
- Samuel Butler

The flesh, alas, is sad, and I have read all the books.
- Stephane Mallarme


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