Quotations about   book

Note that not all quotations have been tagged, so the Search function may find additional quotations on this topic.



“Classic.” A book which people praise and don’t read.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer [pseud. of Samuel Clemens]
Following the Equator, ch. 25, epigraph (1897)
    (Source)
Added on 7-Jun-18 | Last updated 7-Jun-18
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , ,
More quotes by Twain, Mark

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher and writer
Walden, ch. 1 “Reading” (1854)
    (Source)
Added on 6-Dec-17 | Last updated 6-Dec-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by Thoreau, Henry David

When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life.

Christopher Morley (1890-1957) American journalist, novelist, essayist, poet
Parnassus on Wheels, ch. 4 (1917)
    (Source)
Added on 1-Jun-17 | Last updated 1-Jun-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Morley, Christopher

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book.

Groucho Marx (1890-1977) American comedian [b. Julius Henry Marx]
“King Leer,” Tele-Views (Sep 1950)

Commonly paraphrased: "I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on, I go into another room and read a good book." A number of uses of this line by Marx are found around the same time frame, with variant wordings. See here for more discussion.
Added on 7-Apr-17 | Last updated 7-Apr-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Marx, Groucho

The pleasantest of all diversions is to sit alone under the lamp, a book spread out before you, and to make friends with people of a distant past you have never known.

Yoshida Kenkō (1284-1350) Japanese author and Buddhist monk [吉田 兼好]
Essays in Idleness [Tsurezuregusa] (c. 1330)
Added on 2-Feb-17 | Last updated 2-Feb-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Yoshida, Kenko

Take a book, the poorest one written, but read it with the passion that it is the only book you will read — ultimately you will read everything out of it, that is, as much as there was in yourself, and you could never get more out of reading, even if you read the best of books.

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher, theologian
Stages on Life’s Way (1845)
Added on 25-Jan-17 | Last updated 25-Jan-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , ,
More quotes by Kierkegaard, Soren

It is just those books which a man possesses, but does not read, which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French writer
Toilers of the Sea, Book 1, ch. 4 (1866)
Added on 5-Jan-17 | Last updated 5-Jan-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Hugo, Victor

If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.

Arthur Helps (1813-1875) English writer and bureaucrat
Thoughts in the Cloister and the Cloud(1835)
Added on 15-Dec-16 | Last updated 15-Dec-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Helps, Arthur

This book fills a much-needed gap.

Other Authors and Sources
Moses Hadas (1900-1966), Professor, Columbia University (Attributed)
Added on 17-Nov-16 | Last updated 17-Nov-16
Link to this post | 1 comment
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by ~Other

While the spoken word can travel faster, you can’t take it home in your hand. Only the written word can be absorbed wholly at the convenience of the reader.

Kingman Brewster, Jr. (1919-1988) American educator, diplomat
“The Enduring American Press” symposium, Harvard (30 Oct 1964)
Added on 8-Nov-16 | Last updated 8-Nov-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Brewster, Kingman

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

chesterton-good-novel-truth-bad-novel-truth-wist_info-quote

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) English journalist and writer
Heretics, ch. 15 “On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set” (1905)
    (Source)
Added on 25-Oct-16 | Last updated 25-Oct-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by Chesterton, Gilbert Keith

We are as liable to be corrupted by our books as by our companions.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) English novelist, dramatist, satirist
“A Fragment of a Comment on Lord Bolingbroke’s Essays” (1755)
Added on 8-Sep-16 | Last updated 8-Sep-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Fielding, Henry

In a book, all would have gone according to plan. … but life was so fucking untidy — what could you say for an existence where some of your most crucial conversations of your life took place when you needed to take a shit, or something? An existence where there weren’t even any chapters?

Stephen King (b. 1947) American author
Misery (1987)
Added on 24-Aug-16 | Last updated 24-Aug-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by King, Stephen

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) American academic
“The Durable Satisfactions of Life,” speech, Harvard University (3 Oct 1905)
Added on 4-Aug-16 | Last updated 4-Aug-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , ,
More quotes by Eliot, Charles William

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“There is no frigate like a book” (c. 1873)
Added on 7-Jul-16 | Last updated 7-Jul-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Dickinson, Emily

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.

Robertson Davies (1913-1995) Canadian author, editor, publisher
“Too Much, Too Fast” Peterborough Examiner (Canada) (16 Jun 1962)
Added on 2-Jun-16 | Last updated 2-Jun-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Davies, Robertson

Wouldst thou find my ashes? Look
In the pages of my book;
And, as these thy hands doth turn,
Know here is my funeral urn.

Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) American poet
“The Immortal Residue” (1915)
Added on 26-May-16 | Last updated 26-May-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , ,
More quotes by Crapsey, Adelaide

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist and historian
(Attributed)

Quoted in James Wood (ed.), Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources (1893).
Added on 14-Apr-16 | Last updated 14-Apr-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Carlyle, Thomas

The covers of this book are too far apart.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) American writer and journalist
(Attributed)

One-sentence book review. First attributed to Bierce in 1923, but showing up in anonymous humor as early as 1899. See here for more information.
Added on 31-Mar-16 | Last updated 31-Mar-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Bierce, Ambrose

What havoc has been made of books through every century of the Christian era? Where are fifty gospels, condemned as spurious by the bull of Pope Gelasius? Where are the forty wagon-loads of Hebrew manuscripts burned in France, by order of another pope, because suspected of heresy? Remember the index expurgatorius, the inquisition, the stake, the axe, the halter and the guillotine.

John Adams (1735-1826) American lawyer, Founding Father, statesman, US President (1797-1801)
Letter to John Taylor (15 Apr 1814)
Added on 28-Jan-16 | Last updated 28-Jan-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Adams, John

I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again. Sure he is that he read it there, but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again, though he buy the book and ransack every page.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (after 2 Jul 1867)
Added on 10-Dec-15 | Last updated 10-Dec-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Next to doing things that deserve to be written, there is nothing that gets a man more credit, or gives him more pleasure, than to write things that deserve to be read.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) English statesman, wit [Philip Dormer Stanhope]
Letter to his son (1739)
Added on 19-Jan-15 | Last updated 19-Jan-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Chesterfield (Lord)

Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer [pseud. of Samuel Clemens]
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Preface (1876)
Added on 13-Jun-14 | Last updated 13-Jun-14
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Twain, Mark