(Previously posted book quotes.)
I always felt, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK.
~ Maya Angelou
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
~ Jorge Luis Borges
A library is a hospital for the mind.
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.
~ Mark Twain
Do not read as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
Books break the shackle of time, proof that humans can work magic.
~ Carl Sagan
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: “This could change your life.”
~ Helen Exler
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes the day happier.
~ Kathleen Norris
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.
~ Harper Lee
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
“What is literature, really? Boiled down to a single sentence, I’d say it’s this: an endless conversation about what it means to be human. And to read literature is to engage in that conversation.”
~ Nicole Krauss
“Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.”
~ Charles Scribner Jr.
“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all you experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”
~ Angela Carter
“Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.”
~ Karl Lagerfeld
It is not for nothing that the word has remained man’s principal toy and tool;
without the meaning and value it sustains, all man’s other tools would be worthless.
~ Lewis Mumford
Words are things and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that
which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
~ George Gordon Byron
and flame and flight and flower
steel, stitch, cloud and clout,
and drumbeats on the air.”
— Gwendolyn Brooks
“Hold a book in your hand and you’re a pilgrim at the gates of a new city.”
~ Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
“Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.”
~ William Feather
“The worth of a book is to be measured
by what you can carry away from it.”
“Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.”
~ Charles Caleb Colton
“My best friend is a person who will get me a book I have not read.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
“School was a source of great suffering to me, but once I learned to read, I disappeared into books, where I was a happy visitor to all the worlds that sprang full-blown from the printed page.”
~ Kinsey, T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
— Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested.
~ Francis Bacon
“Libraries are not in the real world, after all. They are places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought.”
~ Paul Auster, Moon Palace
“In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A house that has a library in it has a soul.”
“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”
~ Thomas Carlyle
*”Books are the carriers of civilization… They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
~ Barbara W. Tuchman
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
~ C.S. Lewis
*Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.”
~ Thomas Berger
“You know you’re a bibliophile (lover of books) when you still get upset thinking about the burning of the library of Alexandria.”
“She is too fond of books and it has turned her mind.”
~ Louisa May Alcott
“A penny for your thoughts. Five bucks if they are about books.”
“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.”
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
“Life without books, chocolate & coffee is just useless.”
~ Nadun Lokuliyanage
“One of the jobs of poetry is to make the unbearable bearable by clear, precise confrontation.”
“I always kept two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door.”
~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451