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Carl SaganBooks permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.

 - Carl Sagan

Tags:   ancestors  books  wisdom  

So let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.

 - Malala Yousafzai

Tags:   books  illiteracy  poverty  reading  struggle  terrorism  

Groucho MarxI find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book. - Groucho Marx

 - Groucho Marx

Tags:   books  education  television  

Stephen KingBooks 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

Tags:   books  entertainment  

J.K. RowlingThe mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.

 - J.K. Rowling

Tags:   books  mind  thought  

Oscar WildeIt is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

 - Oscar Wilde

Tags:   books  reading  

Ray BradburyThe problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Look at the magazines, the newspapers around us -- it's all junk, all trash, tidbits of news. The average TV ad has 120 images a minute. Everything just falls off your mind. You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

 - Ray Bradbury

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Ray BradburyEvery dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.

 - Ray Bradbury

Tags:   books  literature  writing  

Marcus Tullius CiceroFor books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.

 - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Tags:   books  history  life  

Jim RohnSome people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.

 - Jim Rohn

Tags:   books  learning  reading  

Michel de MontaigneTo divert myself from a troublesome fancy, it is but to run to my books: they presently fix me to them, and drive the other out of my thoughts, and do not mutiny to see that I have only recourse to them for want of other more real, natural, and lively conveniences: they always receive me with the same kindness.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Tags:   books  escape  reading  

John GreenSometimes, 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

Tags:   books  reading  

Lloyd AlexanderWe don't need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They're always with us.

 - Lloyd Alexander

Tags:   books  favorite  growth  maturity  reading  

Lloyd AlexanderBooks can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them. Readers and writers alike discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves.

 - Lloyd Alexander

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Yoshida KenkoTo sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations -- such is a pleasure beyond compare.

 - Yoshida Kenko

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Salman RushdieWhen a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced.

 - Salman Rushdie

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Michel de MontaigneBooks are pleasant, but if by being over-studious we impair our health and spoil our good humor, two of the best things we have, let us give it over. I, for my part, am one of those who think no fruit derived from them can recompense so great a loss.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Tags:   books  health  humor  study  

Ralph Waldo EmersonMeek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tags:   books  libraries  opinions  reading  views  

Blaise PascalThe last thing that we discover in writing a book is to know what to put at the beginning.

 - Blaise Pascal

Tags:   books  writing  

Michel de MontaigneThe reason why borrowed books are so seldom returned to their owners is that it is much easier to retain the books than what is in them.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Tags:   books  borrowing  knowledge  

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowMany 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

Tags:   books  feelings  power  shock  

Jane AustenHe and I should not in the least agree of course, in our ideas of novels and heroines; -- pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.

 - Jane Austen

Tags:   books  heroines  novels  perfection  

Thomas CarlysleIn books lies the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream.

 - Thomas Carlysle

Tags:   books  history  time  voice  

Samuel JohnsonThe greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

 - Samuel Johnson

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William FaulknerI decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this.

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.

 - William Faulkner

Tags:   books  doom  humanity  immortality  writing  

Saul BellowA novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. It tells us that for every human being there is a diversity of existences, that the single existence is itself an illusion in part...it promises us meaning, harmony, and even justice.

 - Saul Bellow

Jane Austen"Oh! It is only a novel!..." in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.

 - Jane Austen

Tags:   books  humanity  humor  reading  

Helen KellerLiterature is my utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.

 - Helen Keller

Tags:   books  literature  reading  

Dwight EisenhowerDon'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 Eisenhower

Tags:   books  censorship  reading  

John UpdikeBy bedside and easy chair, books promise a cozy, swift, and silent release from this world into another, with no current involved but the free and scarcely detectable crackle of brain cells.

 - John Updike

Tags:   books  imagination  reading