Books And Reading Quotes

752 Books And Reading quotes:

"Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature."
"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
"The painful warrior famous for fight, After a thousand victories, once foil'd, Is from the books of honor razed quite, And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd"
"Tis easy to write epigrams nicely but to write a book is hard"
"Experience of life (not of books) is the only capital usable in such a book as you have attempted; one can make no judicious use of this capital while it is new"
"Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own."
"Pollio, who values nothing that's within, Buys books as men hunt Beavers, -- for their Skin."
"My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine - everybody drinks water."
"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones."
"Great books are weighed and measured by their style and matter and not by the trimmings and shadings of their grammer"
"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."
"I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn."
"People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them"
"We get our morals from books. I didn't get mine from books, but I know that morals do come from books theoretically, at least."
"[(CNN) --] Four years at West Point and plenty of books and schooling will learn a man a great deal, ... It won't learn him the river."
"Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,Are a substantial world, both pure and good:Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,Our pastime and our happiness will grow."
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."
"As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them."
"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."
"For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men."

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