The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
I would like to read some books: I don't have time; I would like to continue working on my autobiography.
We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn't think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books - how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook.
Books themselves need no defense. Their spokesmen come and go, their readers live and die, they remain constant.
Books that cannot bear examination, certainly ought not to be established as divine inspiration by penal laws.
If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands, they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free.
England has two books, one which she has made and one which has made her: Shakespeare and the Bible.
You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.
Men need rule books. Women want men to intuit what they want. And only about 2% of men can do that, and most of them are not heterosexual.
There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.
The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.
If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.
Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight, by their truth, their uprightness, and their art.
In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
One would imagine that books were, like women, the worse for being old that they open their leaves more cordially that the spirit of enjoyment wears out with the spirit of novelty and that after a certain age, it is high time to put them on the s.
The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.
It is the interest one takes in books that makes a library. And if a library have interest it is; if not, it isn't.
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.
A home without books is a body without soul.
I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
Burn old wood, read old books, drink old wines, have old friends.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.