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A list of the best books and reading quotes and sayings about books and reading, including the names of each speaker or author. This list is arranged by the most famous books and reading quotes or those best known as top quotes relevant to books and reading. The famous lines about books and reading are ranked by popularity with information regarding where the famous books and reading quote was originally heard, performed or written. The authors of these historic books and reading quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other great quotes from that same writer.

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    Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books. Charles Caleb Colton

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    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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    Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like. Walter Benjamin

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    If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all. François Fénelon

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    Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! a message to us from the dead -- from human souls we never saw, who lived, perhaps, thousands of miles away. And yet these, in those little sheets of paper, speak to us, arouse us, terrify us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. Charles Kingsley

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    After all, the world is not a stage -- not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches... and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be. Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it -- if he wants a safe seat in the audience -- let him read someone else. D. H. Lawrence

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    What is reading, but silent conversation. Walter Savage Landor

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    I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading. I cannot sit and think; books think for me. Charles Lamb

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    The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. Joseph Joubert

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    Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book. Thomas à Kempis

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    We ought to reverence books; to look on them as useful and mighty things. If they are good and true, whether they are about religion, politics, farming, trade, law, or medicine, they are the message of Christ, the maker of all things -- the teacher of all truth. Charles Kingsley

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    Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. Charles Lamb

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    He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality. Charles Lamb

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    One sheds one's sicknesses in books -- repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them. D. H. Lawrence

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    What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us. James Russell Lowell

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    Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. James Russell Lowell

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    Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings --as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke

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    The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. Abraham Lincoln

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    A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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    A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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    Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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    There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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    The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine. Stephen Leacock

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    I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd. D. H. Lawrence

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    There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world. Joseph Joubert

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    A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good. Samuel Johnson

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    Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all. Samuel Johnson

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    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.

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    The most foolish kind of a book is a kind of leaky boat on the sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.

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    Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.

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    All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. Ernest Hemingway

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    The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other. Ernest Hemingway

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    If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago. William Hazlitt

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    The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. Ursula K. Le Guin

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    I read part of it all the way through. Samuel Goldwyn

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    As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease. Oliver Goldsmith

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    Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes. Edward Gibbon

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    This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. Elbert Hubbard

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    To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. Victor Hugo

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    What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure. Samuel Johnson

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    Books to judicious compilers, are useful; to particular arts and professions, they are absolutely necessary; to men of real science, they are tools: but more are tools to them. Samuel Johnson

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    Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction. Samuel Johnson

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    Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. Thomas Jefferson

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    I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson

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    The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting. Henry James

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    Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science. Thomas Huxley

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    A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul. Aldous Huxley

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    It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. James Henry Leigh Hunt

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