Books Quotes

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency-- the belief that the here and now is all there is.

Allan Bloom

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.

Dawn Adams

Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world.

Walter Pater

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."

Helen Exley

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

James Russell Lowell

Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.

George Steiner

When people say there is too much violence in [my books], what they are saying is there is too much reality in life.

Joyce Carol Oates

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free from noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste. And so that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves single, separate, vertical and individual in the world, part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, brother to the other animals, part of the natural world and competent to belong in it. We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.

Wallace Stegner

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

J.R.R. Tolkien

Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Censorship is a strange situation. There was times when people would burn books because they didn't like what people were doing.

Michael Berryman

Throw away those books and cassettes on inspirational leadership. Send those consultants packing. Know your job, set a good example for the people under you and put results over politics. That's all the charisma you'll really need to succeed.

Dyan Machan

My alma mater was books, a good library - I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity

Malcolm X

A house without books is like a room without windows.

Heinrich Mann

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.

Elbert Hubbard

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time

Edwin P. Whipple

Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more.

Elizabeth Hardwick

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

Oprah Winfrey

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Henry David Thoreau

Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can

William Feather

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

Oscar Wilde

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all

Abraham Lincoln

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.

Jeremy Collier

Books are immortal sons deifying their sires.

Plato

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