Books and friends should be few but good.
The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
Walls are the notebooks of fools.
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.
Every age has its book.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
A book is a gift you can open again and again.
—Garrison Keillor (b.1942) American Author, Humorist, Radio Personality
It is better to be entirely without a book than to believe it entirely.
Beware of a man of one book.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.
There’s no thief like a bad book.
The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart.
My Book and Heart Must never part.
Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–94) American Physician, Essayist
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.
—Edwin Percy Whipple (1819–86) American Literary Critic
Every book must be chewed to get out its juice.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
A man is happy when he has books, but happier still when he does not need them.
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
—Toni Morrison (1931–2019) American Novelist, Editor, Academic
Master books, but do not let them master you.—Read to live, not live to read.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803–73) British Novelist, Poet, Politician
Better than the ignorant are those who read books; better still are those who retain what they read; even better are those who understand it; the best of all are those who go to work.
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
—William Hazlitt (1778–1830) English Essayist
Teachers die, but books live on.
Scholars talk books, butchers talk pigs.
Only your friends steal your books.
—Voltaire (1694–1778) French Philosopher, Author
A good book praises itself.
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher