Quotes About Books

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C.S. Lewis
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
C.S. Lewis

Elizabeth Kostova
“When you handle books all day long, every new one is a friend and a temptation.”
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

Judy Blume
“[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”
Judy Blume

Kate Atkinson
“She should have done science, not spent all her time with her head in novels. Novels gave you a completely false idea about life, they told lies and they implied there were endings when in reality there were no endings, everything just went on and on and on.”
Kate Atkinson, Case Histories

Gustave Flaubert
“You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Elif Shafak
“You see, unlike in the movies, there is no THE END sign flashing at the end of books. When I've read a book, I don't feel like I've finished anything. So I start a new one.”
Elif Shafak, The Bastard of Istanbul

John F. Kennedy
“[Public] libraries should be open to all—except the censor.

[Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
John F. Kennedy

Jacqueline Kelly
“One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to let down my hair, I would pelt them with peach pits until they went home.”
Jacqueline Kelly, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Victoria Schwab
“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anne Rice
“And books, they offer one hope -- that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.”
Anne Rice, Blackwood Farm

Anna Quindlen
“those of us who read because we love it more than anything, who feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers...”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

Henry James
“Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.”
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Shannon Hale
“She closed the book and put her cheek against it. There was still an odor of a library on it, of dust, leather, binding glue, and old paper, one book carrying the smell of hundreds.”
Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl

Oliver Goldsmith
“I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

Arturo Pérez-Reverte
“Never trust a man who reads only one book.”
Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Purity of Blood

علي عزت بيجوفيتش
“القراءة المبالغ فيها لا تجعل منا أذكياء. بعض الناس يبتلعون الكتب, وهم يفعلون ذلك بدون فاصل للتفكير الضروري. وهو ضروري لكي يهضم المقروء ويبنى ويتبنى ويُفهم”
علي عزت بيجوفيتش, هروبي إلى الحرية

Umberto Eco
“Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.”
Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose

Horace Mann
“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is a wrong to his family. He cheats them! Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it.”
Horace Mann, Life and Works of Horace Mann Volume 3

John Ruskin
“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hours, and the books of all Time.”
John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies

Haruki Murakami
“With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy. ”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Jonathan Swift
“Books, the children of the brain.”
Jonathan Swift, A Tale Of A Tub And Other Writings

Ray Bradbury
“Libraries raised me.”
Ray Bradbury

Elizabeth Kostova
“You are a total stranger and you want to take my library book.”
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

W. Somerset Maugham
“Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life; he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

“أَعَزُّ مَكانٍ في الدُنَى سَرجُ سابِحٍ
وخَيرُ جَليسٍ في الزَمانِ كتـــــابُ”

John McGahern
“…only then did I wake out of the book.”
John McGahern

Fernando Pessoa
“There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows... I've written sentences whose sound, read out loud or silently (impossible to hide their sound), can only be of something that acquired absolute exteriority and a full-fledged soul.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Gabrielle Zevin
“They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books?”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Alan Bennett
“You don't put your life into your books, you find it there.”
Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

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