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Quotations on Books - Quotations and Proverbs on Books

  1. A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers. – Ernest Dimnet
  2. A book, tight shut, is but a block of paper. – Chinese Proverb
  3. A book is a success when people who haven’t read it pretend they have. – J. Mc. Charthy
  4. A good book is the purest essence of a human soul. – Thomas Carlyle
  5. A good book it the best friend, the same to-day and forever. – M. F. Tupper
  6. If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying. – John Ruskin
  7. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. – Oscar Wilde
  8. It is one of the misfortunes of life that one must read thousands of books only to discover that one need not have read them. – Thomas De Quincy
  9. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon
  10. A room without books is a body without a soul. – Cicero
  11. Books without the knowledge of life are useless. – Samuel Johnson
  12. I place good books among the absolutely essential possessions. – Voltaire
  13. I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who does not love reading. – Macaulay
  14. It would be good if one could, when buying books, also buy the time to read them, for people too often confuse acquisition with understanding of their content. – Arthur Schopenhauer
  15. To sit alone in the lamp light with a book spread out before you - such is pleasure beyond compare. – Yashida Kenko
  16. Any child who has parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn’t poor. – Sam Levenson
  17. All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time. – John Ruskin
  18. A dose of poison does its work once, but a bad book can go on poisoning people’s minds for any length of time. – John Murray
  19. It is books that teach us to refine our pleasure when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. – J. H. Leigh Hunt
  20. The wise man reads both books and life itself. – Lin Yutang
  21. When I am dead, I hope it may be said, “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.” – Hilaire Belloc

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