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The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. ∼  Saint Augustine

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ∼ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Good books tell the truth, even when they’re about things that never have been and never will be. They’re truthful in a different way. ∼ Stanislaw Lem

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ∼ C.S. Lewis

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ∼ Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I read; I travel; I become. ∼ Derek Walcott

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life. ∼ Walt Disney

In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. ∼ Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ∼ George R.R. Martin

With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy? ∼ Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

So many books, so little time. ∼ Frank Zappa

Publishing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. ∼ Don Marquis

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway

Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it. John Muir

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles W. Eliot

Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. ∼ Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. ∼ Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. ∼ Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that’s read by persons who move their lips when they’re reading to themselves. ∼ Don Marquis

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. ∼ Stephen King

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. ∼ John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs. ∼ Zig Ziglar

Even trees in spring write poems. And fools think they are flowers. ∼ Donato Di Poce

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. ∼ George R. R. Martin

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. ∼ Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. ∼ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. ∼ Neil Gaiman, Coraline

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.James Baldwin

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. ∼ Oscar Wilde

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

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. ∼ Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? ∼ Henry Ward Beecherr

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ∼ Toni Morrison

Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own. ∼ Mark Twain

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. ∼ Gustave Flaubert

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us”. ∼ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited. ∼ Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. ∼ Madeleine L’Engle

I cannot live without books. ∼ Thomas Jefferson

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. ∼ Ansel Adams

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. ∼ Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. ∼ William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. ∼ J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. ∼ Mark Twain

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. ∼ C.S. Lewis

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. ∼ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. ∼ Sir Francis Bacon

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ∼ Oscar Wilde

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than what we could learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. ∼ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back. ∼ John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. ∼ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. ∼ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. ∼ Mark Twain

Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal. ∼ John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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. ∼ Maya Angelou

One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books. ~ John Muir

Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint. ∼ Markus Herz

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. ∼ George Bernard Shaw

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.
∼ Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant. John Muir, Travels in Alaska

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. ∼ Bertrand Russell

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. ∼ Stephen King

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