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QUOTATIONS - ON BOOKS


Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads
too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very
poor doorstop.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

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The covers of this book are too far apart.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

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You can cover a great deal of country in books.
Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912)

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Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
Austin Phelps

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It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.
Dame Rose Macaulay (1881 - 1958)

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This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

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Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they
ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

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Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.
Evan Esar (1899 - 1995)

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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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 (1874 - 1936)

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Woe be to him that reads but one book.
George Herbert (1593 - 1633)

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From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I
intend reading it.
Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

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I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and
read a book.
Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

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How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Walden: Reading, 1854

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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

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Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a
day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.
Horace Mann (1796 - 1859)

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Never judge a book by its movie.
J. W. Eagan

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Oh for a book and a shady nook...
John Wilson (1785 - 1854)

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Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.
John Witherspoon (1723 - 1794)

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Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
Kathleen Norias, Hands Full of Living, 1931

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Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and
permanently personal.
Lenore Hershey

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Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that
hadn't a book in it.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)  

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I have read your book and much like it.
Moses Hadas (1900 - 1966)

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Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.
Moses Hadas (1900 - 1966)

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This book fills a much-needed gap.
Moses Hadas (1900 - 1966)

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There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891, preface

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Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )

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Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be
as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
Paxton Hood

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Reading this book is like waiting for the first shoe to drop.
Ralph Novak

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In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its
satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and Originality, 1876

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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

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I read part of it all the way through.
Samuel Goldwyn (1882 - 1974)

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Read not to contradict and confute…nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), O Magazine, April 2003

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Sir Richard Steele

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Live always in the best company when you read.
Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
W. H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage,
perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
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