Haruki MurakamiIf you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
William ShakespeareAnd this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Ray BradburyYou don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Mark TwainIn a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
Francis BaconSome books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
Stephen KingBooks are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.
Roald DahlSo please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall. Then fill the shelves with lots of books.
Daphne du MaurierBut luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.
Cornelia FunkeStories never really end...even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.
J. K. RowlingI don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
Dave EggersBooks have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.
J. K. RowlingOne can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.
Katherine MansfieldThe pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
Umberto EcoBooks are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means...
A house without books is like a room without windows.
Neil GaimanMost books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.
Ralph Waldo EmersonI cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books
Abraham LincolnBooks serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
Orhan PamukOscar Wilde always makes me smile - with respect and admiration. His short stories prove that it is possible to be both sarcastic, even cynical, but deeply compassionate. Just seeing the cover of one of Wilde's books in a bookshop makes me smile.
Gore VidalHow marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.
Jules VerneWe are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.
Malcolm XMy alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Marilyn MonroeBoys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
Orhan PamukWhen the whole world reads your books, is there any other happiness for a writer? I am happy that my books are read in 57 languages. But I am focused on Istanbul not because of Istanbul but because of humanity. Everyone is the same in the end.
Orhan PamukI write because I have an innate need to. I write because I can't do normal work. I write because I want to read books like the ones I write. I write because I am angry at everyone. I write because I love sitting in a room all day writing. I write because I can partake of real life only by changing it.
Hilaire BellocWhen I am dead, I hope it may be said: "His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
Ray BradburyThere must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.
August WilsonI dropped out of school, but I didn't drop out of life. I would leave the house each morning and go to the main branch of the Carnegie Library in Oakland where they had all the books in the world... I felt suddenly liberated from the constraints of a pre-arranged curriculum that labored through one book in eight months.
Margaret AtwoodIf you feel that there's the author and then the character, then the book is not working. People have a habit of identifying the author with the narrator, and you can't, obviously, be all of the narrators in all of your books, or else you'd be a very strange person indeed.
Khaled HosseiniChildren aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.
Neil GaimanPicking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose.
Henry David ThoreauBooks are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Neil GaimanBooks make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!
Mario Vargas LlosaAlmost seventy years later I remember clearly how the magic of translating the words in books into images enriched my life, breaking the barriers of time and space...
Orhan PamukI have been attacked in Turkey more for my interviews than for my books. Political polemicists and columnists do not read novels there.
Orhan PamukWhen I was publishing my first books, the previous generation of authors was fading away, so I was welcomed because I was a new author.
Ansel AdamsYou don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
Orhan PamukThe truly great books are always novels: 'Anna Karenina,' 'The Brothers Karamazov,' 'The Magic Mountain.' Just as with 'Shahnameh,' I browse these books from time to time to remember how a great book works on us or to teach my students at Columbia University.
Orhan PamukJust as good books give me the joys of being alive, bad novels depress me, and as I notice this sentiment coming from the pages, I stop. I also do not hesitate to walk out of a movie house if the film is bad.
Margaret AtwoodOur generation in the west was lucky: we had readymade gateways. We had books, paper, teachers, schools and libraries. But many in the world lack these luxuries. How do you practice without such tryout venues?
Ezra PoundThere is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight
John KeatsGive me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.
R. L. StineRead. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.
Virginia WoolfSecond hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.
Hermann HesseWithout words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Margaret AtwoodI have a big following among the biogeeks of this world. Nobody ever puts them in books.
Dan BrownTo live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.
Charles LambShakespeare is one of the last books one should like to give up, perhaps the one just before the Dying Service in a large Prayer book.
VoltaireDespite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.
Ray BradburyThe magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.
Gordon B. HinckleyGood books are as friends, willing to give to us if we are willing to make a little effort.
Toni MorrisonAnd I am all the things I have ever loved: scuppernong wine, cool baptisms in silent water, dream books and number playing.
Amy SedarisI like to make things, but I looked at old craft books on weaving or mosaics or whatever, I'm like, 'I don't really know anything about that stuff.'
Cornelia FunkeBooks loved anyone who opened them, they gave you secruity and friendship and didn't ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.
Elizabeth Barrett BrowningNo man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.
Anne RiceGive me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.
John WatersIt wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.
Kurt VonnegutThere is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.
William FaulknerPerhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.
Amos Bronson AlcottGood books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
Thurgood MarshallIf the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.
Steven SpielbergI think that a movie can only be an adjunct or only a supplement to books, to different points of view, to scholars, historians and your own teachers.
Louisa May AlcottI want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books.