Friday, August 26, 2016

36 More Amazing Book Quotes

I recently posted 59 of the best quotes I’ve come by about books ( and then I read two interesting books that collected quotes. No Two Persons Ever Read The Same Book Quotes:  On Books, Reading, and Writing created by Bart Van Aken and The Quotable Book Lover, edited by Ben Jacobs and Helena Hjalmarsson.

Here are another 36 quotes – enjoy:

“Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.”
--Georges Simenon

“Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination.”
--Paul Auster

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.  The man who never reads lives only one.”
--George Raymond Richard Martin

‘If you can’t annoy somebody with what you write, I think there’s little point in writing.”
--Kingsley Annis

“Book collecting is an obsession, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, a fate.  It is not a hobby.”
--Jeanette Winterson

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
--Benjamin Franklin

“A book you finish reading is not the same book it was before you read it.”
--David Mitchell

“Write drunk.  Edit sober.”
--Ernest Hemingway

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”
--Mason Cooley

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”
--Edward Bulwer-Lutton

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life”
--William Somerset Maugham

“There is more to life than books, you know, but not much more.”
--Stephen Patrick Morrissey

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the greatest minds of the past centuries.”
--Rene Descartes

“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.”
---E.M. Forster

“A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way."
--Caroline Gordon

“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind.  Books are humanity in print.”
--Barbara W. Tuchman

“It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.”

“The lessons taught in great books are misleading.  The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.”
--Anita Brookner

“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all Time.”
--John Ruskin

“I cannot live without books.”
--Thomas Jefferson

“It’s much more important to write than to be written about.”
--Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A publisher is a specialized form of bank or building society, catering for customers who cannot cope with life and are therefore forced to write about it."
--Colin Haycroft

“Publishing is merely a matter of saying Yes and No at the right time.”
--Michael Joseph

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

“Men do not understand BOOKS until they have had a certain amount of life.
--Ezra Pound

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
--John Locke

“All biography is ultimately fiction.”
--Bernard Malamud

“Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.”
--Edward F. Albee

“Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that is wrong.  They know less, that’s why they write.  Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.”
--Margaret Atwood

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection …We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth.”
--Anais Nin

“Nothing I wrote in the thirties saved one Jew from Auschwitz.”
--Attributed to W.H. Auden

“I suppose some editors are failed writers – but so are most writers.”
--T.S. Eliot

“The printing-press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which.”
--J.M. Barrie

“The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.”
--Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

“You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many books.”
--Carter Burden

“Sir, everything that is not literature is life.”
--Jose Saramago

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