Healing Book Quotes

Healing Quotes

(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.

~ Anonymous

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.

~Gustave Flaubert

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

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
~ Victor Hugo
“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hands.”
~ Ezra Pound
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― G.K. Chesterton

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

“Books are meat and medicine
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.”

James Bryce

“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

“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer – perhaps more.”

— 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.”

~ Plato

“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.”

~ Kate

“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.”

~ Unknown

“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

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
~ Peter Golkin

“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.”
~ Wilbur
“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







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