60 Quotes About Books

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If all the crowns of Europe were placed at my disposal on condition that I should abandon my books and studies, I should spurn the crowns away and stand by the books.
- Francois Fenelon
Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
- G.K. Chesterton
If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.
- Thomas Carlyle
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
- Helen Keller
Next to the Bible, the book that I value most is John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. I believe I have read it through at least a hundred times. It is a volume of which I never seem to tire.
- Charles Spurgeon
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
- Henry Ward Beecher
I read hard, or not at all; never skimming, and never turning aside to merely inviting books; and Plato, Aristotle, Butler, Thucydides, Jonathan Edwards, have passed, like the iron atoms of the blood, into my mental constitution.
- Frederick W. Robertson
As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other, you will find what is needful for you in a book.
- George Macdonald
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Talking over the things which you have read with your companions fixes them on the mind.
- Isaac Watts
Beware of the person of one book.
- Thomas Aquinas
Multifarious reading weakens the mind more than doing nothing, for it becomes a necessity, at last, like smoking: and is an excuse for the mind to lie dormant whilst thought is poured in, and runs through, a clear stream over unproductive gravel, on which not even mosses grow. It is the idlest of all idleness, and leaves more of impotency than any other.
- Frederick W. Robertson
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
- Henry Ward Beecher
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- G.K. Chesterton
What a world of wit is here packed together! I know not whether the sight doth more dismay or comfort me. It dismays me to think that here is so much I cannot know; it comforts me to think that this variety yields so good helps to know what I should. Blessed be the memory of those who have left their blood, their spirits, their lives, in these precious books, and have willingly wasted themselves into these during monuments, to give light unto others.
- Joseph Hall
The constant habit of perusing devout books is so indispensable, that it has been termed the oil of the lamp of prayer. Too much reading, however, and too little meditation, may produce the effect of a lamp inverted; which is extinguished by the very excess of that aliment, whose property is to feed it.
- Hannah More
An index is a necessary implement, without which a large author is but a labyrinth without a clue to direct the readers within.
- Thomas Fuller
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
- Oswald Chambers
In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.
- John Selden
Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.
- Hosea Ballou
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon
The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Amidst the flood of dangerous reading, I plead for my Master's book; I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul. Do not let newspapers, novels, and romances be read, while the prophets and Apostles be despised. Do not let the exciting and sensual swallow up your attention, while the edifying and the sanctifying can find no place in your mind.
- J. C. Ryle
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
- G.K. Chesterton
I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
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