Favorite Book Quotes

A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.  —Author Unknown

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

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  —James Bryce

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

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

Let books be your dining table,
And you shall be full of delights
Let them be your mattress
And you shall sleep restful nights.
—Author Unknown
 
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.  —William Hazlitt
 
My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.  —Thomas Helm
 
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
 
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
 
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.  —Jessamyn West

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.  —Logan Pearsall Smith 

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

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

I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.  —William Lyon Phelps

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you have never said “Excuse me” to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time.  —Sherri Chasin Calvo

The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.  —Ross MacDonald
 
The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book.  —André Maurois
 
A house without books is like a room without windows.  —Heinrich Mann
 
An ordinary man can…surround himself with two thousand books…and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.  —Augustine Birrell
 
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.  —W. Somerset Maugham
 
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
 
Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves.         —Jeremy Collier

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