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600 Favorite Bookish Quotes: Wise Bibliophile (2023)

1. “You are full of bookish joy, but still woefully short on shelf space.” – Anne Bogel, I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life


2. “I prefer dead writers because you don’t run into them at parties.”


3. “There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave. You could walk across a high school campus and point them out: not her, not her, her. The pert, lovely ones with butterfly tattoos in secret places, sitting on their boyfriends’ laps? No, not them. The girls watching the lovely ones sitting on their boyfriends’ laps? Yes.


4. “Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”


5. “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing


6. “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.”


7. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main… and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”–Walt Disney (1901-1966)


8. “Books constitute capital.”–Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)


9. “You are so busy being YOU that you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.”


10. “The bees are beautiful in nature and eagerly looking at the flower.


11. “Books and marriage go ill together.”–Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) (1622-1673)


12. “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”


13. “Three possessions should you prize: a field, a friend, and a book.”–Hai Gaon (Head of Bet Din in 998)


14. “At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”


15. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


16. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron, Conversations with William Styron


17. “A silent Library is a sad Library. A Library without patrons on whom to pile books and tales and knowing and magazines full of up-to-the-minute politickal fashions and atlases and plays in pentameter! A Library should be full of exclamations! Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens uncovered or the wild adventures of devil-knows-who sent romping out of the pages. A Library should be full of now-just-a-minutes and that-can’t-be-rights and scientifick folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong. It should positively vibrate with laughing at comedies and sobbing at tragedies, it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies! A Library should not shush; it should roar!”


18. “As good almost kill a man as kill a good book: who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.”–John Milton (1608-1674)


19. “Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting for one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.”–Kathleen Norris (1880-1966)


20. “I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises


21. “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” – Louisa May Alcott


22. “When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”


23. “A well read woman is a dangerous creature.” – Lisa Kleypas


24. “Stories are discoveries. Our ordinary lives are going on around us, but as we read stories, the ordinary drops away and, for a moment, the veil is pierced.”–Elizabeth Evans


25. “Do you know the best feeling in the world? It’s reading a book, loving every second of it, then turning to the front and discovering that the writer wrote fourteen zillion others.” – Abbi Waxman, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill


26. “Good books are the warehouses of ideas.”–H.G. Wells (1866-1946)


27. “When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before”. –Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999)


28. “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


29. “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 (1895-1981)


30. “In springtime, the only pretty ring time,


31. “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you”. –Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902-2001)


32. “As long as there were unread books in the world, she would be fine.” – Abbi Waxman, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill


33. “A book can change someone’s world.” – Alechia Dow, The Sound of Stars


34. “I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”


35. “A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.”


36. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”


37. “When I am dead, I hope it may be said,


38. “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”


39. “Books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”–Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989)


40. “In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.”


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


42. “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”


43. 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


44. Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King


45. “For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” – Audrey Hepburn


46. “A truly great book should be read in youth, once again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”–Robertson Davies (1913-1995)


47. “If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”


48. “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”


49. “Books like friends, should be few and well-chosen.”–Joineriana


50. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” ― Neil Gaiman


51. “I do so hate finishing books. I would like to go on with them for years…” – Beatrix Potter


52. “Books may well be the only true magic.”


53. “Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.”


54. “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”


55. “Books and friends should be few but good”. —Proverb


56. “I love big books and I cannot lie”


57. “I love to lose myself in other men’s minds. When I am not walking, I am reading; I cannot sit and think. Books think for me.”–Charles Lamb (1775-1834)


58. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway


59. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”


60. “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges


61. “The Bible remained for me a book of books, still divine — but divine in the sense that all great books are divine which teach men how to live righteously.”–Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955)


62. “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” ― Stephen King


63. “Run away with me, the mage had said, her eyes alight. You like tea. I like books. Let’s open a shop somewhere remote and forget the world exists.”


64. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. – Chinese Proverb


65. “The Bookstore Sisters: a short story” by Alice Hoffman – Book Review @ahoffmanwriter #TheBookstoreSisters #ShortStory


66. “A blessed companion is a book, — a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend, a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own.”–Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857)


67. “Closer By Sea” by Perry Chafe – Book Review @SimonSchusterCA @simonschuster #CloserBySea @perrychafe #BookReview June 2, 2023


68. “Books 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.”


69. “In the dream he says wedding vows and touches me as if we were soulmates.”


70. “He is clearly bookish. I did not follow a single word of their conversation at dinner last night, not one jot of it. He must be bookish.” – Gail Carriger, Soulless


71. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend, and inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”–Groucho Marx (1890-1977)


72. “Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato


73. “Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them.” – George Saunders


74. “After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.”–Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


75. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” – Fernando Pessoa


76. “But one can’t be irredeemable who shows reverence for books.” – Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer


77. “The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.”


78. “The world was hers for the reading.” – Betty Smith


79. “Cover your bookcases with rugs and linens of fine quality;


80. “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”


81. “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)


82. “Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.”–Henry C. Rogers


83. “Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.”–Sir Peregrine Worsthorne (1923- )


84. “A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You should live several lives while reading it.”–William Styron (1925-2006)


85. “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” – Bill Watterson


86. “The best fame is a writer’s fame. It’s enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat.”


87. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”


88. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”


89. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


90. “A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, aye even of faith, must needs become a lover of books.”–Richard De Bury (1287-1345)


91. “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” ― Mortimer J. Adler


92. “Make up a story… For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don’t tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul.”


93. “Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.”–Robert Chambers (1802-1871)


94. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King


95. “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”


96. “Oh! For a book, and a cosy nook


97. “Each spine had been an open door away whispering, Come in, come in. Here is the land you’ve never seen before. Here is a place to hide when you’re frightened, to play when you’re bored, to rest when the world seems unkind.” – Leigh Bardugo, King of Scars


98. “Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”


99. “She found heaven in a bookstore, she got lost in the pages.” – Unknown


100. “If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.”–Anonymous


101. “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


102. “Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ”


103. “The author hurt my feelings again”


104. “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”–Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)


105. “I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.”–E.M. Forster (1879-1970)


106. “Closer By Sea” by Perry Chafe – Book Review @SimonSchusterCA @simonschuster #CloserBySea @perrychafe #BookReview


107. “Books, the children of the brain.” –Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


108. “Books that make us feel, touch a nerve that goes deep into our own lives. Whether that nerve is warm and comforting, scared and anxious, happy or sad, it still reminds us to examine who we are.”–Laura Backes


109. “The covers of this book are too far apart.”–Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)


110. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau


111. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”


112. “Books do furnish a room.”–Anthony Powell (1905-2000)


113. “Happiness is having your own library card.” – Sally Brown, Peanuts


114. “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”


115. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney


116. “If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.”–Robertson Davies (1913-1995)


117. “Wherever books are burned, men too are eventually burned.”–Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)


118. “I would say that last weekend was my lost weekend… and the culprit was a book…” –Therese Eiben


119. “I have had more pleasure in reading the adventures of a novel than I ever had in my own.”– William Hazlitt


120. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” – André Gide, Autumn Leaves


121. “A man who buys a book is not just buying a few ounces of paper, glue and printer’s ink; he may be buying a whole new life.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


122. “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”


123. “In the process of building a library, no time to chat”


124. “I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.”


125. “It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the intercourse with superior minds… They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. Books are true levellers. They give to all, who will faithfully use them, the society, the spiritual presence, of the best and greatest of our race. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thought, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.”–William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)


126. “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”


127. “A book can change someone’s world.”


128. “Too bad real boyfriends aren’t as awesome as book boyfriends.” – Isabel Bandeira, Bookishly Ever After


129. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”.–Sir Richard Steele (1672-1759)


130. “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”


131. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”


132. “Classic. A book which people praise and don’t read.”–Mark Twain (1835-1910)


133. “The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Diary


134. “Books are a narcotic.”


135. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”


136. “No. I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.”


137. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway


138. “Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore!”–Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)


139. “Books – my favorite reason to lose sleep.”


140. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”


141. “He’s bookish,’ explained Sir Ralph, torn between pride in his son’s scholastic attainments and the horrid fear that he had fathered a miscreature. ‘Worst seat in the county! But there! No accounting for tastes, eh? Take my daughter, Lizzie! Never opened a book in her life, but rides with a light hand and an easy bit, and handles the reins in form.”


142. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ― Anna Quindlen


143. “It also meant she thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong.” – Abbi Waxman, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill


144. “If you have one child who does not like to lend books,


145. “Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”


146. “No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the huge men don't have.”


147. “Next, in importance to books are their titles.”–Paul Davies


148. “Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory… In this war, we know, books are weapons.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) message to the American Booksellers Association – April 23, 1942


149. “Never judge a book by its movie.”–J. W. Eagan


150. “It was only ever yours to break” The Selection Series Sticker


151. If a book is well written, I always find it too short. – Jane Austen


152. Be awesome! Be a book nut! –Dr. Seuss


153. “An author writes only half the book. The rest is written by readers.” – Joseph Conrad


154. “All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.”


155. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour


156. “A book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no book – it is a plaything.”–Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)


157. “Friends can betray you but books are always loyal.”–Wang Gho Zhen


158. “I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.”


159. “A book is a book only when it is read; otherwise it is a bundle of gathered sheets of soiled paper.”–Frederick Philip Grove (1879-1948)


160. “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 (your) mind can get both provocation and privacy.”–Edward. P Morgan (1910-1993)


161. There is no friend as loyal as a book. -Ernest Hemingway


162. “But there is so much more in those words than just loving books. I love the smell of them. I love the way their bindings look pressed together on a shelf. I love the feel of pages buzzing through my fingers.” – Ashley Poston, Bookish and the Beast


163. “The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.” –Samuel Butler


164. “Libraries are the wardrobes of literature.” ― George Dyer


165. “It is nothing to die; it is dreadful not to live.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


166. “Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.”–J. Swartz


167. “All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy. the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.”–Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)


168. “Reality doesn’t always give us the life that we desire, but we can always find what we desire between the pages of books.”


169. “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan


170. “The choice of books, like that of friends, is a serious duty. We are responsible for what we read as what we do.”–John Lubbock


171. “I wanted books like a vampire wants blood.” – Hilary Mantel, Giving Up the Ghost


172. “Harry could not remember Hermione ever neglecting to read when instructed to, or indeed resisting the temptation to open any book that came under her nose.”


173. “The test of a book (to a writer) is if it makes a space in which, quite naturally, you can say what you want to say.” –Virginia Woolf


174. “Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.” –S. Weir Mitchell (1829-1914)


175. “They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.” – Lemony Snicket


176. “Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world.”–Walter Pater (1839-1894)


177. “Reading won’t solve your problems, but again neither will house-work.” – BookishElf


178. “The bee believes in both individuals: One who is the caretaker to produce honey and the one who helps to protect the nature.


179. “This book fills a much-needed gap.”–Hadas


180. “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


181. “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” –Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


182. “The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, “The medicines of the soul.”–Paxton Hood (1820-1885)


183. “In the end, we’ll all become stories.”


184. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”


185. “There is no such thing as a moral or a immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.”–Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


186. “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


187. “You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.” ― Stephen King, Night Shift


188. “There was only one thing worse than an awkward conversation, and that was when your best friend grabbed the book out of your hand and forced you to leave it in the dorm.”


189. “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.” — Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


190. “All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals the remedy of books.”–Richard De Bury (1287-1345)


191. “A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement.”–George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948)


192. “There is only one thing that could replace a book … the next book”


193. “The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is moral illumination.” — Elizabeth Hardwick


194. “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”


195. “I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else’s story, the delicious ache of a last page.”


196. “Books gnaw at me from around the edges of my life, demanding more time and attention. I am always left hungry.” – Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues


197. “Book nerd? Pardon, it’s pronounced ‘Literary Badass‘”


198. “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”


199. “Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” — Stephen King (1947- )


200. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”


201. “All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been, it is all lying in magic preservation in the pages of books.”–Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)


202. “This is the sort of thing people like: the implication that, despite their minivans and microwaves, if they found the door in the wall, they too could enter fairyland.”


203. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


204. “We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.” ― Judith Butler


205. “… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”


206. “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


207. “but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”


208. “Some books have to be reread right away… you love it so much that you don’t want to leave it.” –Susan Sontag (1933-2004)


209. “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.” –Christopher Morley (1890-1957)


210. “A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to look out.” –Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


211. “The presence of so many books makes it easier to breathe” – Mackenzi Lee, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy


212. “Forget Facebook; where’s your Good Reads page?”


213. “Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honoré de Balzac


214. “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”


215. “The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.”–James McCosh (1811-1894)


216. “But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel – independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.” – David Nicholls, One Day


217. “She packed a book, as you never knew when you'd need a book.”


218. “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


219. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx


220. “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”


221. “I’m wondering what to read next.” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”


222. “Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing: it’s about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration that it creates.”–Mordecai Richler (1931-2001)


223. “I love big books and small books.” – Ashley Poston, Bookish and the Beast


224. “Too shy, too bookish, too impulsive” – Audrey Coulthurst, Of Fire and Stars


225. “The Vanishing Hour” by Seraphina Nova Glass – Book Review @GraydonHouse @HarperCollins #TheVanishingHour #BookReview @SeraphinaNova


226. “That is the joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his or her imagination.”


227. “Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” – Holbrook Jackson


228. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney


229. “Books are what connect the generations of humans over thousands of years”. –Alan Lightman (1948- )


230. “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”


231. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”


232. “The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church. She pushed open the door and went in. She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library past and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.” – Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


233. “The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”


234. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz


235. “Bookish Shmookish”


236. “I don’t have a favorite book. I have hundreds.”


237. “Some books are undeservedly forgotten, none are undeservedly remembered”.–Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)


238. “I need more hours in the day. For what, you ask? Books. The answer is always books.”


239. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass


240. “A good novel transports the reader to another world, showing that what seems immutable in his own


241. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”


242. “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” – Anne Herbert


243. “The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.”–Christopher Dawson


244. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”


245. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank


246. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron


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


248. “Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”


249. “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”


250. “I will not be afraid”


251. “I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.” ― William Lyon Phelps


252. “The Collected Regrets of Clover” by Mikki Brammer – Book Review


253. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” – Diane Duane


254. “The newest books are those that never grow old.”–George Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948)


255. “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist


256. If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. – J. K. Rowling


257. “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


258. “Why would I want to be “normal” when I can briefly adopt the personality of the characters in my book”


259. “Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.”–Stephane Mallarme (1842-1898)


260. “Never refuse to lend books to anyone who cannot afford to purchase them, but lend books only to those who can be trusted to return them. “–Ibn Tibbon (1150-1230?) Spanish Jewish Scholar


261. “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” – Virginia Woolf


262. “Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” ― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman


263. “I have always come to life after coming to books.”–Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)


264. You can find magic


265. “Good fiction should be beautiful, and powerful, but it should also work. It should have something in it that enlightens, something in it that opens a door and points the way”. –Toni Morrison (1931- )


266. “Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired (by passionate devotion to them) produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can peradventure read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity… we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance.”–Alfred E. Newton (1863-1940)


267. “Until I became a librarian, I didn't know I was a rebel.”


268. “She decided at once that she and the boy were cut of the same bookish cloth, and could quite possibly become co-conspirators.” – Jordan Stratford, Wollstonecraft


269. “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo


270. “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”


271. “I believe there is power in words, power in asserting our existence, our experience, our lives, through words.”


272. “The Eskimo has fifty-names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.”


273. “Oh, the places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.” — Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go


274. “To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.” — Chinese Saying


275. “Fiction is the best kind of reality.” – Isabel Bandeira, Bookishly Ever After


276. “I want to write a novel about Silence,” he said; “the things people don’t say.”


277. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.”–Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)


278. “The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”–W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


279. “Books cannot always please, however good; Minds are not ever craving for their food.” –George Crabb (1754-1832)


280. “Yea, parties are cool, but have you ever finished a book in one sitting?”


281. “𝘖𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘰𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳.” - 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘋𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘦


282. “Books speak even when they stand unopened on a shelf. If you would know a man or woman, look at their books, not their software”. –E. Annie Proulx (1935- )


283. “I’ll have enough books when they fill my room like the stars fill the sky.” – E.V. Fairfall


284. “There had been a time when words had been the only place he could find solace. No book ever lost patience with him or told him to sit still. When his tutors had thrown up their hands in frustration, it was the library that had taught Nikolai military history, strategy, chemistry, astronomy. Each spine had been an open door away whispering, Come in, come in. Here is the land you’ve never seen before. Here is a place to hide when you’re frightened, to play when you’re bored, to rest when the world seems unkind.”


285. “I 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.” ― J.K. Rowling


286. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


287. “A poet dips words into springtime to season her poems with beauty.”―Terri Guillemets


288. “Because I’d rather stay home with my books than go out into the world and feel like I don’t measure up.” – Kate Bromley, Talk Bookish to Me


289. “One cliché attached to bookish people is that they are lonely, but for me books were my way out of being lonely. If you are the type of person who thinks too much about stuff then there is nothing lonelier in the world than being surrounded by a load of people on a different wavelength.” – Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive


290. “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”


291. “What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, moldering books.”–Andre Sinyavsky (1925-1997)


292. “Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” — Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s


293. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”


294. Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can. – William Feather


295. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” ― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet


296. “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”―Leo Tolstoy


297. “The business of the novelist is not to chronicle great events but to make small ones interesting.”–Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


298. “Always look on the bright side of life. Otherwise, it’ll be too dark to read.” – Unknown


299. “Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens: bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh. And when your soul be weary, change from garden to garden, and from prospect to prospect.”–Ibn Tibbon (1150-1230?) Spanish Jewish scholar


300. “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” – Malorie Blackman


301. “Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.” – David Levithan


302. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations… Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.” –Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


303. “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 (1894-1963)


304. “The cats are asleep at the end of my bed and all around me, the thundery silence of L'Escarènere, caught at last in the rising flood of warm air, carrying the sand from the south. The Alps are folded above in the flickering light. And on the desk in the room beneath lies the writing which insists that the only escape is through the absolute destruction of everything you have ever known, loved, cared for, believed in, even the shell of yourself must be discarded with contempt; for freedom costs no less than everything, including your generosity, self-respect, integrity, tenderness - is that really what i wanted to say? It's what I have said. Worse still, I have pointed out the sheer creative joy of this ferocious destructiveness and the liberating wonder of violence. And these are dangerous messages for which I am no longer responsible.”


305. “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”


306. “You are your best thing”


307. “Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room piled high with cases in my father’s name; Piled high, packed large, –where, creeping in and out among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first. And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning’s dark. An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!”–Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)


308. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”


309. “A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don’t slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.”–Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)


310. “It’s like Nini Mo said, They may be snapperheads, but they are my snapperheads.”


311. “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”


312. “Take one strip of the vine lengthwise and yes, it needs the strength of two men to pull it apart. But weave five strands of it into a rope and a hundred men can’t break it. The more they pull, the more it binds together and the stronger it becomes. That is the Nation.”


313. “So many books, so little time.” ― Frank Zappa


314. “You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”


315. We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind. – Anna Quindlen


316. “The only place I’m getting carded is the library”


317. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket


318. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”―Oscar Wilde


319. “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”―Annie Dillard


320. “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey


321. “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”


322. “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”


323. “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven


324. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling


325. “Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book.”–Frank McKinney ‘Kin’ Hubbard (1868-1930)


326. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers


327. “A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books…. Children learn to read being in the presence of books.”–Heinrich Mann (1871-1950)


328. “A friend asked, "Why do you read?"


329. “A book is solitude, privacy; it is a way of holding the self apart from the crush of the outer world.”–Sven Birkert (1951- )


330. “A word after a word after a word is power.”


331. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller


332. “The printed page illuminates the mind of man and defies, as far as anything sublimary can, the corrosive hand of time.”–Denys Hay (1915-1994)


333. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx


334. “Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good book.”–Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)


335. “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


336. “Child! Do not throw this book about;


337. “I would like to be made into a book, if I were a tree.” – Millie Florence, Lydia Green Of Mulberry Glen


338. “All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time”. –John Ruskin (1819-1900)


339. “A book is not supposed to be a mirror. It’s supposed to be a door.”


340. “Borrowers of books –those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.”–Charles Lamb (1775-1834)


341. “I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable.” – Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares


342. “You bookish people love teasers, don’t you?” – Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx


343. “To survive, you must tell stories.”


344. “Due attention to the inside of books, and due contempt for the outside, is the proper relation between a man of sense and his books.”–Philip D. Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)


345. “How many an evening one could spend in this manner! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading, when I am grown and have a house of my own I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”


346. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein


347. “The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church. She pushed open the door and went in. She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library past and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.”


348. “To whom do books belong? The books we read and the books we write are both ours and not ours. They’re also theirs.” – Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues


349. “I love how books are not really just books at all, but doorways.” – Ashley Poston, Bookish and the Beast


350. “Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”―Neltje Blanchan


351. “A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.” –John Milton (1608-1674)


352. “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”–Margaret Fuller


353. “What you hope for, you also fear. ”


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


355. “Are people drawn to each other because of the stories they carry inside?”


356. “Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction.”–Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


357. “I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler.” – Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares


358. “The problem with books is that they end.”


359. “I lit the lantern, ate a bar of chocolate, put on dry socks, and felt much better. You’d be amazed, said Nini Mo, how much dry socks matter.”


360. “I tried to form a gang once but it turned into a bookish discord”


361. “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 (1907-2000)


362. “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”


363. “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”


364. “Novels, when well written, tell you more about life than the most sophisticated computerized sociology.”–Rosemarie Wittman Lamb (New York Times – June 22, 1975)


365. “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own”.–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


366. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bookworm is in need of a bookish community.” – Adrika Mondal


367. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


368. “Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.” — Joseph Heller, Catch-22


369. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”


370. A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman


371. “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think or feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become”. –Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- )


372. “Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences.” – John Piper


373. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” –Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


374. “My favorite place is the library.


375. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King (1947- )


376. “Some girls dream of a big walk-in closet in their bedroom. I’d prefer a walk-in library.”


377. “The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”–Theodore Parker (1810-1860)


378. “Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they are written.” –Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


379. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


380. “Books are not rolls, only to be devoured when they are hot and fresh. A good book retains its interior heat and will warm a generation yet unborn.” –Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999)


381. “This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” — William Shakespeare, Hamlet


382. “Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.”


383. “None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” – Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat


384. “The bees are beautiful in nature and eagerly looking at the flower and flowers.


385. “Someone had to eat the first oyster, you know.


386. “I cannot live without books.”


387. “Can’t talk, book hangover”


388. “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. They seem to tell you that they have got something inside their covers that will be good for you, and that they are willing and desirous to impart to you. Value them much.”–William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)


389. “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.”–Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989)


390. “No furniture is so charming as books… Even if you never open them, or read a single word; the plainest row of cloth or paper covered books is more significant of refinement than the most elaborately carved etagere or sideboard.”–Sydney Smith (1771-1845)


391. “Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.”


392. “anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.”


393. “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours.”–J.D. Salinger (1919- )


394. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”


395. “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”–Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)


396. “Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.”


397. “A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”


398. “It was always the bookish ones you had to be worried about. They knew sh*t.” – Linsey Hall, Magic Revealed


399. “We are writers, my love. We don’t cry. We bleed on paper.” – a.y.


400. You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. –C. S. Lewis


401. “I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself.” ― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever


402. “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” — Charles Dickens, David Copperfield


403. “Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.”–John Morely


404. “If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”―Victor Hugo


405. “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 (1857-1903)


406. “The important thing is that people read and enjoy books.”


407. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” -Groucho Marx


408. “For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.”–Amy Lowell (1874-1925)


409. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


410. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”


411. “The only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid.”


412. “We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter


413. “It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.” – Maureen Corrigan


414. “Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life”. –Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


415. “A book is a fragile creature. It suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements, clumsy hands.”–Umberto Eco


416. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”


417. “Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” – John Green, An Abundance of Katherines


418. If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. – Toni Morrison


419. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


420. “All witches who’d lived in her cottage were bookish types.” – Terry Pratchett, Carpe Jugulum


421. “I’ve traveled the world twice over,


422. “To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.”–John Ruskin (1819-1900)


423. “Books were safer than other people anyway.”


424. “An elegant sufficiency, content, retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books.” –James Thomson (1700-1748)


425. “He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.”–Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


426. “Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” ― Alberto Manguel


427. “You can get lost in any library, no matter the size. But the more lost you are, the more things you’ll find.”


428. “I’m just a sleepy little bookworm who needs a snack and one more chapter”


429. “Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can’t expect an angel to look out.”–Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


430. “Do I really have too many books, or do I just need some more bookshelves? The mysteries of the bookish universe are complex”


431. “Buying me books is good way to win over my heart. Reading them and discussing them with me, you might as well propose.”


432. “The sun just touched the morning;


433. “What wild desires, what restless torments seize,


434. “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”


435. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”


436. “Some books leave us free, and some books make us free”. –Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


437. “Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass


438. “A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.”–Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004)


439. “In the way of bookish children, she carried her books into trees and along the banks of chuckling creeks, weaving her way along their slippery shores with the sort of grace that belongs only to bibliophiles protecting their treasures.” – Seanan McGuire, In an Absent Dream


440. “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”


441. “The proper study of mankind is books.”–Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)


442. “Book nerds are daredevils,


443. “The Vanishing Hour” by Seraphina Nova Glass – Book Review @GraydonHouse @HarperCollins #TheVanishingHour #BookReview @SeraphinaNova June 4, 2023


444. “Just one more chapter … unless it’s a cliffhanger, then just one more”


445. “There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.”


446. “The first time I read an interesting book, it is to me just as if i had gained a new friend; when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.”–Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)


447. “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us… We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into the forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” –Franz Kafka (1884-1924)


448. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” — Roald Dahl, The Witches


449. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anais Nin


450. “Fiercely Bookish”


451. “Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought — asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.”–Jeremy Collier (1650-1726)


452. Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? – Henry Ward Beecher


453. “When I’ve had too much reality, I open a book.”


454. “The world belongs to those who read.” – Rick Holland


455. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”


456. “I have lots of favorite books because I have lots of moods and I have a favorite book for every mood.” – Abbi Waxman, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill


457. “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.”


458. “Books may well be the only true magic.”–Alice Hoffman (1952- )


459. “Reading is better than life. Without reading, you’re stuck with life.”


460. “A writer is a world, trapped in a person.” – Victor Hugo


461. “Books relieve me from idleness, rescue me from company, blunt the edge of my grief. They are the comfort and solitude of my old age.”–Michel de Montaigne (1553-1592)


462. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”


463. “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” – Roald Dahl


464. “Books are what the world values as representing Tao. But books are only words, and the valuable part of words is the thought therein contained”. –Zhuangzi a.k.a. Chuang-tzu – Chinese philosopher and teacher


465. “Instead of going home, I drove to the library. To hell with human beings. I’d always felt safer with stories than with flesh and blood.”


466. “The weak are cruel. The strong have no need to be.” ― Alice Hoffman, The Foretelling


467. “The thing that chiefly struck me was the rarity of really bookish people.” – Andy Miller, The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life


468. “Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.”


469. “If there's a perfect guy for you anywhere," Langston said, "he'll be found hunting for old Salinger editions.”


470. “Birds have wings. Humans have books.” – Unknown


471. “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


472. “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”


473. “Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.”–E.S. Barrett


474. “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.”–Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


475. “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” — William Goldman, The Princess Bride


476. “… To desire to have many books, and never to use them, is like a child that will have a candle burning by him all the while he is sleeping.” –Henry Peacham (1576-1643)


477. “Once I began to read, I began to exist. I am what I read.”


478. “You get what anybody gets – you get a lifetime.”


479. “A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.”–William Murray


480. “Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”–Austin Phelps (1820-1890)


481. “Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.”–Sir William Temple (1628-1699)


482. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”


483. “But the purpose of a story is to teach and to please at once, and what it teaches is how to recognize the snares of the world.”


484. “Books are not really just books at all, but doorways. They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be.” – Ashley Poston, Bookish and the Beast


485. “You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast.”


486. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


487. “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”


488. “Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting.”


489. “Give me a book. There is no present I care about but that.” – Elizabeth von Arnim, Fraulein Schmidt and Mr Anstruther


490. “To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them. As it is, the act of purchasing them is often mistaken for the assimilation and mastering of their content.”–Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


491. “She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard


492. “When writers die they become books, which is afterall, not too bad an incarnation.”–Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)


493. “There are many people — happy people, it usually appears — whose thoughts at Christmas always turn to books. The notion of a Christmas tree with no books under it is repugnant and unnatural to them.”–Robertson Davies (1913-1995)


494. “When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness.” – Vincent Starrett


495. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


496. “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.”


497. “Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.”–Jean Rostand (1894-1977)


498. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”


499. “You are a reader, and therefore a thinker, an observer, a living soul who wants more out of this human experience.” – Salil Jha


500. “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou


501. Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. ― Maya Angelou


502. “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter


503. “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.” ― Anonymous


504. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” – Henry Ward Beecher


505. “Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this .


506. “Paths are made by walking”


507. “People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”―Ernest Hemingway


508. “A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever”. –Martin Tupper


509. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde


510. “We read to know we’re not alone.” – William Nicholson, Shadowlands


511. “Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.”–Thomas ã Kempis (1380-1471)


512. “Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.”–Dawn Adams


513. “Books aren’t interested in who is reading them… A book will welcome any reader; any age, any background, any point of view. Books don’t care if you can’t understand every word in them, or if you want to skip bits or reread bits. Books welcome everyone who wants to explore them, and thankfully no one has ever worked out a way to stop that.” – Anna James, Tilly and the Lost Fairytales


514. “I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.” – Wisława Szymborska


515. “I like reading my own writing. It seems to fit me closer than it did before.”


516. “Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.”–Henry Miller (1891-1980)


517. “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” ― Henry Ward Beecher


518. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”–Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 B.C.)


519. “If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying”. –John Ruskin (1819-1900)


520. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway


521. “You bookish little pervert.” – Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares


522. “First, my books need to breathe–in alphabetical order, by genre.”


523. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”


524. “Fiction nurtures the imagination and gives the reader a creative vision of the diversity of life’s possibilities. This is fiction’s greatest power.” –Kazumi Yumoto


525. “we are the ones we have been waiting for”


526. “And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


527. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life” –Mark Twain (1835-1910)


528. “It’s remarkable how being around books, even those you’ve never read, can have a calming effect, like walking into a crowded party and finding it full of people you know.” – Mackenzi Lee, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy


529. “Books that you may carry to the fire, and hold readily in one hand, are the most useful after all.”–Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


530. “Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.” –Joseph Addison (1672-1719)


531. “She herself was a victim of that lust for books which rages in the breast like a demon, and which cannot be stilled save by the frequent and plentiful acquisition of books. This passion is more common, and more powerful, than most people suppose. Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command.”–Robertson Davies (1913-1995)


532. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”


533. Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. – John Green


534. “I have given up on reality and am now simply searching for a good fantasy.” – John Jay Simmons


535. “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”―Chinese Proverb


536. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”


537. “Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.” –John Milton (1608-1674)


538. “The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man nothing else that he builds ever lasts monuments fall; nations perish; civilization grow old and die out; new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on. Still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts, of the hearts of men centuries dead.”–Clarence Day


539. “I was impressed for the ten thousandth time by the fact that literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Books are unconvertible assets, to be passed on only to those who possess them already.” – Anthony Powell, The Valley of Bones


540. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”


541. “Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.”–Richard De Bury (1287-1345)


542. “Author say whaaaaat?”


543. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”


544. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must be the one to write it.” ― Toni Morrison


545. “A writer’s heart, a poet’s heart, an artist’s heart, a musician’s heart is always breaking. It is through that broken window that we see the world…”


546. “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


547. “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”


548. “Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ”


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