Books Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old books quotes, books sayings, and books proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.     

Haruki Murakami

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.     

Maya Angelou

The book you don't read won't help.     

Jim Rohn

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.     

Joseph Brodsky

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.     

J.K. Rowling

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.     

Charles William Eliot

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.     

Stephen King

Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.     

Christopher Paolini

Here's to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.     

Charlaine Harris

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.     

Oscar Wilde

A book is a gift you can open again and again.     

Garrison Keillor

Books are a uniquely portable magic.     

Stephen King

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.     

Barbara W. Tuchman

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.     

Joseph Addison

Do not read good books--life is too short for that--read only the best.     

Ernest Dimnet

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.     

Mark Twain

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally ? and often far more ? worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.     

C.S. Lewis

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.     

Anna Quindlen

A good book has no ending.     

R.D. Cumming

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are vol     

Clarence Shepard Day

Books are totally useless unless you take their advice. If you just keep reading them, thinking 'that's so insightful! that changes everything,' but never actually doing anything different, then pretty quickly the feeling will wear off and you'll start se     

Aaron Swartz

I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.     

J. K. Rowling

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.     

Francis Bacon

A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that.     

B. A. Billingsly

A room without books is like a body without a soul.      

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Books, dear books, Have been, and are my comforts; morn and night, Adversity, prosperity, at home, Abroad, health, sickness?good or ill report, The same firm friends; the same refreshment rich, And source of consolation.     

Dr. Dodd.

Good books are to the young mind what the warming sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. They are more, for they may save from that which is worse than death, as well as bless with that whic     

Horace Mann

Nothing can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude, illness, affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they impart.     

Channing

Books are the ever-burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.      

George William Curtis

Book: A garden carried in a pocket.      

Arabian Proverb

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.     

Mark Twain

To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.     

Groucho Marx

There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.     

H. L. Mencken

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

James Russell Lowell

A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.     

Rupert Brooke

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.     

Descartes

A man is known by the books he reads.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.      

Franz Kafka

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.     

Martin Tupper

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.     

E.P. Whipple

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying.     

John Ruskin

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

William Feather

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

Abraham Lincoln

A book can talk to your mind. A book can go around the world with you. A book can make you a smarter individual.     

Dr T.P.Chia

Good books enlighten the mind, bad books corrupt the soul.      

Dr T.P.Chia

Books are more than educational - they are the quiet friends, loyal companions, and untiring teachers.     

Dr T.P.Chia

I cannot live without books.     

Thomas Jefferson

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.     

Walt Disney

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.     

Charles Dickens

That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.     

Jhumpa Lahiri

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.     

William Styron

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.     

Edward P. Morgan

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 good book is an event in my life.     

Stendhal

You get a little moody sometimes but I think that's because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.     

Pat Conroy

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.     

Angela Carter

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

Jeremy Collier

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.     

Ray Bradbury

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.     

Louis L'Amour

There is no friend as loyal as a book.     

Ernest Hemingway

Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside of you.     

Carlos Zafon

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.     

Francis Bacon

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.     

Vera Nazarian

All good books have one thing in common, they are truer than if they had really happened.     

Ernest Hemingway

No two persons ever read the same book.     

Edmund Wilson

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books were safer than other people anyway.     

Neil Gaiman

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.     

John Green

There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over.     

GAIL CARSON LEVINE

The world was hers for the reading.     

Betty Smith

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.     

Stephen King

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.     

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.     

Harold Kushner

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.     

C.S. Lewis

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.     

Neil Gaiman

Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.     

Nicholson Baker

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

Abraham Lincoln

If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.     

Toni Morrison

Some like to believe it's the book that chooses the person.     

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.     

Diane Duane

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Oscar Wilde

A good book should leave you, slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.     

William Styron

There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.     

Josh Jameson

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.     

Bertrand Russell

A book is a device to ignite the imagination.     

Alan Bennett

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.     

William Hazlitt

Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.     

Maxim Gorky