Famous Book Quotes

Writing is an art and here is what legends have to say about mastering this art. So, read on!

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of course I loved books more than people.

Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

My library is an archive of longings.

Susan Sontag

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

Annie Dillard, The Living

The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.

Isabel Allende

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

C.S. Lewis

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

Franz Kafka

If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?

Jerry Seinfeld

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

Jorge Luis Borges

A house without books is like a room without windows.

Horace Mann

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.

Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.

Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.

Groucho Marx

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.

George R.R. Martin

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.

J.K. Rowling

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.

Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.

Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

A good book is an event in my life.

Stendhal, The Red and the Black

A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.

Abraham Lincoln

I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.

Jorge Luis Borges

but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.

Jane Austen

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!

John Waters

The world was hers for the reading.

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

Jane Smiley

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

Stephen King

I cannot live without books.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Mark Twain

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

Markus Herz

Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.

Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”

Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I guess there are never enough books.”

John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

Augustine of Hippo

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G.K. Chesterton

If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.

Terry Pratchett

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.

Thomas Jefferson

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Mark Twain

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

Joseph Joubert

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.

Louis L’Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Joseph Brodsky

Think before you speak. Read before you think.

Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.

Franz Kafka

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.

George Orwell, 1984

… 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