Favorite Quotations ~  Books & Reading Passion for Books

"A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together." ~ Norman Cousins

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The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. ~ Christopher Morley

When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener. ~ Paula Fox

I cannot live without books. ~ Thomas Jefferson

When you re read a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before. ~ Thomas Carlyle

A book might be written on the injustice of the just. ~ Pauline Kael, 5001 nights at the movies

A book, tight shut, is but a block of paper. ~ Chinese Proverb

There are no bad books any more than there are ugly women. ~ Anatole France

A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. ~ John Milton

Read not to contradict and confuse, nor to believe and to take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. ~ Francis Bacon

Books are more than books. They are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worded and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. ~ Amy Lowell

If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer. ~ Anne Frank

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~ Chinese Proverb

"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations!" ~ Lewis Caroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books. ~ Roald Dahl

Give me books, fruit, French wine, and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by someone I do not know. ~ John Keats

You cannot open a book without learning something. ~ Confucius, Business with a Purpose

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