Quotes: On Books and Reading

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“The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.”
-Elizabeth Hardwick

“A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.”
-George Christopher Lichtenberg

“Never judge a book by its movie.”
-J.W. Eagan

“Truly, associating with bad books is often more dangerous than associating with bad people.”
-Wilhelm Hauff

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
-Mark Twain

“The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most.”
-Theodore Parker

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
-Edward P. Morgan

“The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.”
-James Bryce

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”
-Albert Einstein

“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.”
-G.K. Chesterton

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
-P.J. O’Rourke

“I find television to be very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.”
-Groucho Marx

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
-Paul Sweeney

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”
-Abraham Lincoln

“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”
-Andrew Ross

“To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.”
-Kenko Yoshida

“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”
-Elbert Hubbard

“Medicine for the soul.”
(Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes)

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.”
-Gilbert Highet

“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.”
-François Mauriac

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
-Edmund Burke

“The wise man reads both books and life itself.”
-Lin Yutang

“No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.”
-Ann Landers

“To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.”  -Chinese Proverb

“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”
-Mary Wortley Montagu

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather, how many of them can get through to you.”
–Mortimer Adler

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

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
–Dr. Seuss

“‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870

“Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.”
-William Feather

“Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn human beings.”
-Heinrich Heine

“The book you don’t read can’t help.”
-Jim Rohne

“If there’s a book that you really want to read but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
-Toni Morrison

“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.”
-Marcel Proust

“A book worth reading is worth buying.”
-John Ruskin

“Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.”
-Ezra Pound

“It isn’t what the books cost; it’s what will cost you if you don’t read it.”
-Jim Rohn

“From your parents, you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other; but when books are opened, you discover you have wings.”

“A mind stretched by an idea can never go back to its original dimensions.”
-Oliver Holmes, Jr.

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