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.

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.     


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.     


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