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Books Quotes

91 of the best book quotes about books
  1. #1
    A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
  2. #2
    “Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day, until you finally get to crawl back inside those pages again.”
  3. #3
    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
  4. #4
    “And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”
  5. #5
    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
  6. #6
    “Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.”
  7. #7
    “I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
  8. #8
    “Honestly, don’t you two read?”
  9. #9
    “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
  10. #10
    To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.
  11. #11
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
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Malala's Magic Pencil book
5.8
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Malala's Magic Pencil
Emily Writes book
5.3
picture book
Emily Writes
Ike's Incredible Ink book
5.3
picture book
Ike's Incredible Ink
Bear's Book book
5.1
picture book
Bear's Book
Finding Serendipity book
5.0
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Finding Serendipity
Poppy's Best Paper book
5.0
picture book
Poppy's Best Paper
Rufus the Writer book
4.9
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Rufus the Writer
  1. #12
    “She didn’t care about the food. . . . It was the book she wanted. . . . She wouldn’t tolerate having it given to her by a lonely, pathetic old woman. Stealing it on the other hand, seemed a little more acceptable. Stealing it, in a sick kind of sense, was like earning it.”
  2. #13
    “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
  3. #14
    “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
  4. #15
    “No,” said Hermione shortly. “Have either of you seen my copy of Numerology and Gramatica?”
    “Oh, yeah, I borrowed it for a bit of bedtime reading,” said Ron, but very quietly.”
  5. #16
    “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
  6. #17
    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
  7. #18
    “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”
  8. #19
    “As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy . . . the afternoon passed.”
  9. #20
    “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.”
  10. #21
    “Francie breathed the warm air, watched the dancing leaf shadows, ate the candy and took sips of the cooled water in-between reading the book.”
  11. #22
    “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    ReadingBooks
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6.5
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The Trumpet of the Swan book
6.0
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The Trumpet of the Swan
Ada's Violin book
5.7
picture book
Ada's Violin
Because book
5.6
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Because
Ella Fitzgerald book
5.5
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Ella Fitzgerald
We Are Music book
5.5
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We Are Music
Les & Ronnie Step Out book
5.5
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Les & Ronnie Step Out
Hosea Plays On book
5.4
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Hosea Plays On
  1. #23
    “Run like you have to get to the library.”
  2. #24
    “Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.”
  3. #25
    “There is no book so bad but it has something good in it.”
  4. #26
    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
  5. #27
    “I checked this out weeks ago for a bit of light reading.”
  6. #28
    “I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.”
    author
    Kathryn Stockett
    book
    The Help
    character
    Skeeter
    concept
    Books
  7. #29
    “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
  8. #30
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
  9. #31
    When he gave me the book, Bill said, ‘Be skeptical about this one. It’s a great book. But try to be a filter, not a sponge.‘”
  10. #32
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
  11. #33
    “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
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The Secret Garden book
6.9
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Miss Rumphius book
5.5
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Plant the Tiny Seed book
5.5
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Plant the Tiny Seed
One Whole Bunch book
5.4
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One Whole Bunch
Norton and Alpha book
5.4
picture book
Norton and Alpha
Secret Garden book
5.4
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  1. #34
    “I like to read books twice.”
  2. #35
    “His money went largely toward books, which to him were like sacred objects, providing ballast for his mind.”
  3. #36
    “A book is just like life and anything can change.”
  4. #37
    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
  5. #38
    “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things! — Friendship! And Bravery!”
  6. #39
    “She was reading a book a day in alphabetical order and not skipping the dry ones.”
  7. #40
    A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
  8. #41
    “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
  9. #42
    I thanked Captain Nemo, and went up to the shelves of the library. Works on science, morals, and literature abounded in every language; but I did not see one single work on political economy; that subject appeared to be strictly proscribed. Strange to say, all these books were irregularly arranged, in whatever language they were written; and this medley proved that the Captain of the Nautilus must have read indiscriminately the books which he took up by chance.
  10. #43
    “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.”
  11. #44
    There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
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The Snatchabook book
6.3
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Just Read! book
6.0
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Just Read!
An Inconvenient Alphabet book
6.0
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An Inconvenient Alphabet
Library Mouse #1 book
6.0
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The Storybook Knight book
5.8
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  1. #45
    “She did not care very much for other little girls, but if she had plenty of books she could console herself.”
  2. #46
    “Give her books, and she would devour them and end by knowing them by heart.”
  3. #47
    “I’m afraid I’ve degenerated into a bibliophile.”
  4. #48
    “I liked my books and clouds and sunsets.”
  5. #49
    I believe it important to emphasize how strongly I feel that books, just like people, have a destiny. Some invite sorrow, others joy, some both.
    author
    Elie Wiesel
    book
    Night
    concept
    Books
  6. #50
    I have always enjoyed reading, but I’ve never been sure how to select appropriate material. There are so many books in the world--how do you tell them all apart? How do you know which one will match your tastes and interests?
  7. #51
    “She had given it up, consoling herself with the vow that when she grew up, she would work hard, save money and buy every single book that she liked.”
  8. #52
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
  9. #53
    “We’ll pass the books on to our children, by word of mouth, and let our children wait, in turn, on the other people. A lot will be lost that way, of course. But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them. It can’t last.”
  10. #54
    “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon.”
  11. #55
    “Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
  1. #56
    “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
  2. #57
    “And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books.”
    author
    Ray Bradbury
    book
    Fahrenheit 451
    character
    Montag
    concept
    Books
  3. #58
    “She planned to read all the books over again when she had finished with the Z’s.”
  4. #59
    “Some of the reading had been wonderful; the Louisa Alcott books for example.”
  5. #60
    “Francie thought that all the books in the world were in that library and she had a plan about reading all the books in the world.”
  6. #61
    “It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this book survives, his ideas live.”
  7. #62
    “These books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”
  8. #63
    “There is much you can learn from books . . . ”
  9. #64
    “So now books were her only friends. She’d read Lord of the Rings so often she could recite whole scenes by memory.
    “It was not a skill that aided one in becoming popular.”
  10. #65
    “People come, people go—they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”
  11. #66
    “No, thank you. I have enough books at home. Maybe another time. I’m rereading something else with my papa. You know, the one I stole from the fire that night.”
  1. #67
    He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
    author
    Victor Hugo
    book
    Les Miserables
    character
    M. Mabeuf
    concept
    Books
  2. #68
    “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
  3. #69
    “Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
  4. #70
    ″[To Kill a Mockingbird] is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”
  5. #71
    “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
    Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”
  6. #72
    “I’m wondering what to read next,” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”
    “You mean you’ve looked at the pictures?”
    “Yes, but I’ve read the books as well.”
  7. #73
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
  8. #74
    “If there was one thing about Liesel Meminger, her thieving was not gratuitous. She only stole books on what she felt was a need-to-have basis.”
  9. #75
    “By the time she was three, Matilda had taught herself to read by studying newspapers and magazines that lay around the house. At the age of four, she could read fast and well, and she naturally began hankering after books.”
  10. #76
    “She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness with someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read.”
  11. #77
    “When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”
  1. #78
    “Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”
  2. #79
    “This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.”
  3. #80
    “Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.”
  4. #81
    “Of course, in a novel, people’s hearts break, and they die, and that is the end of it; and in a story this is very convenient. But in real life we do not die when all that makes life bright dies to us. There is a most busy and important round of eating, drinking, dressing, walking, visiting, buying, selling, talking, reading, and all that makes up what is commonly called living, yet to be gone through…”
  5. #82
    Book! You lie there; the fact is, you books must know your places. You’ll do to give us the bare words and facts, but we come in to supply the thoughts.
  6. #83
    My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.
  7. #84
    Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.
  8. #85
    “She had been reading a book a day for a long time now and she was still in the B’s.”
  9. #86
    “Saturdays were different. She treated herself by reading a book not in the alphabetical sequence. On that day she asked the librarian to recommend a book.”
  10. #87
    “What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?”
    “The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.”
  11. #88
    “With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
    Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn’t? How dare she?”
  12. #89
    “On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
  13. #90
    “I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.”
  14. #91
    “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor - such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps - what more can the heart of a man desire?”
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