I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.
My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
Short + Book quotes ⇑Short Quotes
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
A book is a gift you can open again and again.
Good fiction's job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Books were safer than other people anyway.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.
Books are a narcotic.
Reading + Book quotes ⇑Reading Quotes
Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
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.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
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.
Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.
I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.
Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don't you agree?
Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
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.
... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.
Humor + Book quotes ⇑Humor Quotes
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book, and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun.
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.
From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.
Generally speaking, books don't cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.
I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
The covers of this book are too far apart.
A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.
Take no heed of her.... She reads a lot of books.
I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading accident. I hit a book mark and flew across the room.
Life + Book quotes ⇑Life Quotes
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.
So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!
For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
If the real world were a book, it would never find a publisher. Overlong, detailed to the point of distraction-and ultimately, without a major resolution.
Many people read constantly and yet cannot tell you what they have read. The best way to read a book is to introspect about it. See how it applies to your own life. And learn to discriminate.
All book Quotes ⇑
Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!
Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.
Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.
A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That's why I read so much Jon Snow.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.
There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight
Until we invent telepathy, books are our best choice for understanding the rest of humanity.
Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...
It's strange to describe reading a book as a really great experience, but that's kind of how it felt.
If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can't be in books. The book needs you.
Only bad books have good endings. If a book is any good, it's ending is always bad - because you don't want the book to end.
A childhood without books - that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
God has not to be earned. He has only to be sought. Meditation is the only way. Beliefs, reading books - these cannot give you realization... Meditation brings proof of the existence of God
A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.
When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values
I want to do something splendid... Something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead... I think I shall write books.
The books... they helped keep me from losing my mind altogether.
Nice things don't happen in storybooks... Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.
Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Don't just teach your children to read... Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?
Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this.
Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos... to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.
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.
Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape -- I didn't read to learn, I was reading to read.
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.
Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.
We don't need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. 'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.
That's part of what I like about the book in some ways. It portrays death truthfully. You die in the middle of your life, in the middle of a sentence
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books
I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.
One must always be careful of books... and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.
People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.
Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.
Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.
Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.
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.
To be worthwhile, books should cause you to think. If they do that, you will find that your mind is developing.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.
If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
I hadn't been in proper school in three years. My parents were my two best friends. My third best friend was an author who did not know I existed.
Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
Books can also provoke emotions. And emotions sometimes are even more troublesome than ideas. Emotions have led people to do all sorts of things they later regret-like, oh, throwing a book at someone else.
Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
Stories never really end...even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.
Self-realization is not something one can learn from books; it comes only through personal experience. Realization of Truth, the experience of God — not dogma merely — is what every religion should bring to its followers
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.
I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
You're so easy to read but the book is boring me.
It's a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.
Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.
She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.
Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism.
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.
Neither novels or their readers benefit from any attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.
Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
Books are always obviously having conversations with other books, and sometimes they're amiable and sometimes not.
Stories are important, the monster said. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.
Rule number one: Don't fuck with librarians.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.
I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.
Personally, I believe “Young Adult” to be an arbitrary title that means the book "Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who's not quite an adult/Isn't really boring.
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.
What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.
What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore, it knows it's not foolin' a soul.
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.
I was burning through books every day - stories about people and places I'd never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.
How can you tell? That I like books, I mean. The look on your face when you walked in, somehow I doubted you were that impressed by me.
"Your mail could've waited." Daemon followed me into the kitchen. "What is it? Just books?" Grabbing the OJ from the fridge, I sighed. People who didn't heart books didn't understand.