Quotation Saturday: Books and Reading

quotationsaturdayMamacita says: it would do me no good to try and write an introduction to a list of quotations about books and reading, because I’d probably say something about how I consider non-readers to be substandard citizens and card-carrying members of the Stupid Society, and that wouldn’t be conducive to the upholding of my toplofty position as a serene, accepting, kind old lady who loves everybody.  Oh, shut up, all that snorting is getting on my nerves.  But while I’ve got your attention:  Few things make my heart hurt and my brain scream like a person who doesn’t have TIME to read but miraculously has time to watch TV.

1. A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. –Edward P. Morgan

2. Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. –Author Unknown (But I wish it had been me.)

3. A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. –William Styron

4. There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. –G.K. Chesterton

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

6. A good book has no ending. –R.D. Cumming

7. I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. –~Anna Quindlen

8. I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. –Groucho Marx

9. The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. –Mark Twain

10. A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins. –Charles Lamb

11. I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things. –George Robert Gissing

12. Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. –William Hazlitt

13. My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. –Thomas Helm

14. You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. –Paul Sweeney

15. 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

16. Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. –Christopher Morley

17. The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. –Andrew Ross

18. To 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. –Kenko Yoshida

19. Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. –Jessamyn West

20. How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. –Henry David Thoreau, Walden

21. To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list. John Aikin

22. Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. –George Steiner

23. In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation. –Stéphane Mallarmé

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

25. Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.” –Helen Exley

26. There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back. –Jim Fiebig

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

28. If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. –Author Unknown

29. Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life. –Jesse Lee Bennett

30. Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. –Harper Lee

31. When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. –Clifton Fadiman

32. There are books so alive that you’re always afraid that while you weren’t reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book? –Marina Tsvetaeva

33. Medicine for the soul. –Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes

34. “Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread. –François Mauriac

35. Children don’t read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology…. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff…. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don’t expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions. –Isaac Bashevis Singer

36. A house without books is like a room without windows. –Heinrich Mann

37. Never judge a book by its movie. –J.W. Eagan

38. To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. –W. Somerset Maugham

39. There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well written or badly written. –Oscar Wilde

40. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch. –Augustus Hare

41. It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle. –Sutton Elbert Griggs

42. Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books – even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome. –William Ewart Gladstone

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

44. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. –Margaret Fuller

45. We read to know we are not alone. — C.S. Lewis

46. Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. –Aldous Huxley

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

48. Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. — Mary Schmich

49. Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. — Charles Scribner, Jr.

50. Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. — Jean Rhys

51. In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. — S. I. Hayakawa

52. Every reader, if he has a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with those of the author. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

53. You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. — Ray Bradbury

54. Beware of the man of one book. –Thomas Aquinas

55. The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency–the belief that the here and now is all there is. — Allan Bloom

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

57. There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. –Joseph Brodsky

58. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald

59. There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. — Mary Ellen Chase

60. I often feel sorry for people who don’t read good books; they are missing a chance to lead an extra life. — Scott Corbett

Bonus: I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book. — Coolio


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Quotation Saturday: Books and Reading — 14 Comments

  1. Beautiful list on one of my favorite passions 🙂 My favorite book quote is “when i have money, I buy books. If there is any left over I buy food” Erasmus

    My biggest problem is trying to decide which book to read next (and where to put them all). My library has over 3000 books (at least). It pains me to not be able to reread my favorites as I did growing up, but I guess I’m taking the path less traveled 😉

  2. Beautiful list on one of my favorite passions 🙂 My favorite book quote is “when i have money, I buy books. If there is any left over I buy food” Erasmus

    My biggest problem is trying to decide which book to read next (and where to put them all). My library has over 3000 books (at least). It pains me to not be able to reread my favorites as I did growing up, but I guess I’m taking the path less traveled 😉

  3. Yeah I agree, this blog is awesome, way superior to most, and I know tons of people who read it regular. I love how you cut to the heart of stuff and don’t confuse us with PC crap, but just tell it like it is in ways people like me can understand. I don’t always agree with you but mostly I do. I think if you were my teacher back in the day I might be more successful now cuz you would of held my interest. Even now, you make me feel smart all the time and I appreciate that alot. Also I love the Spangler science stuff you talk about all the time on Twitter and here. Ordered some stuff from there for the boys and they got Blue Ribbons that year.

  4. Yeah I agree, this blog is awesome, way superior to most, and I know tons of people who read it regular. I love how you cut to the heart of stuff and don’t confuse us with PC crap, but just tell it like it is in ways people like me can understand. I don’t always agree with you but mostly I do. I think if you were my teacher back in the day I might be more successful now cuz you would of held my interest. Even now, you make me feel smart all the time and I appreciate that alot. Also I love the Spangler science stuff you talk about all the time on Twitter and here. Ordered some stuff from there for the boys and they got Blue Ribbons that year.

  5. I think your blog is the best on the internet. I wishyou posted several times a day. Like the other commenter up there, I print off your stuff and share it at church and we use it often for discussion. You just know so much about so many things! No wonder your blog is so popular. I just love it. Thnks.

  6. I think your blog is the best on the internet. I wishyou posted several times a day. Like the other commenter up there, I print off your stuff and share it at church and we use it often for discussion. You just know so much about so many things! No wonder your blog is so popular. I just love it. Thnks.

  7. I look forward to your Saturday quotations so much! I print your posts off and keep them in a folder; you are the BEST RESOURCE for excellent themed quotations on the internet today. Thank you, Jane.

  8. I look forward to your Saturday quotations so much! I print your posts off and keep them in a folder; you are the BEST RESOURCE for excellent themed quotations on the internet today. Thank you, Jane.

  9. Regarding #7: I think Neal and I have that exact decorating issue. In fact, we need more book shelves (although the people who helped us move in July said that we need fewer books. Meh, what’s a sore back when you’re carrying so much knowledge and imagination to its new home?) Actually, I suppose saying that we need more wall space and less furniture to have room to put more shelving in would more appropriate for our situation. :~)

    Thanks for so many great reading quotes, Mamacita!

    jess

  10. Regarding #7: I think Neal and I have that exact decorating issue. In fact, we need more book shelves (although the people who helped us move in July said that we need fewer books. Meh, what’s a sore back when you’re carrying so much knowledge and imagination to its new home?) Actually, I suppose saying that we need more wall space and less furniture to have room to put more shelving in would more appropriate for our situation. :~)

    Thanks for so many great reading quotes, Mamacita!

    jess

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