100 Quotes about books

Books are great companions when you are putting your feet up and chilling on the couch. For many books have been another world to them. The amount of knowledge and inspiration we get from reading books is immense. Books have been always a good friend to humans for hundreds of years, Literatures and Novels by great people not only shared their perspectives about the world also gave a wonderful prospect into life for generations to come. Many great people including today’s CEOs and most successful people preach the importance of books. Here are some of the quotes about books that were always insisted by people from different generations.

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Mark Twain

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

Groucho Marx

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

Jorge Luis Borges

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”

George R.R Martin

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”

Isabel Allende

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”


“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

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

C.S. Lewis
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“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Ernest Hemingway

“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

“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

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” 

Dr Seuss

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

Toni Morrison

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

 Mark Twain

“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

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.”

Salman Rushdie

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Stephen King
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“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”

David Mitchell

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

William Styron

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

Sir Francis Bacon

“Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge.

Stephen Hawking

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”

 George Bernard Shaw

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”

Bertrand Russell

“Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.”

Hilary Mantel

“Books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.”

John Green
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“Books may well be the only true magic.”

Alice Hoffman

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

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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

Joseph Brodsky

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”

Austin Phelps

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

Diane Duane

“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

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

 Jhumpa Lahiri

“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”

Christopher Paolini

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”

 J.K. Rowling

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

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“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

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”

Virginia Woolf

“I guess there are never enough books.”

John Steinbeck

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

Anna Quindlen

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

Orhan Pamuk

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

Terry Pratchett

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

Italo Calvino
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“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”

Arthur Conan Doyle

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”

George Orwell

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”

Christopher Morley

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

Annie Dillard

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

Abraham Lincoln

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.”

Gary Paulsen

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”

Henry Miller

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”

Horace Mann

“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.”

Margaret Walker
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“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

Joseph Joubert

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”

Stéphane Mallarmé

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

Walt Disney

“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

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

Neil Gaiman

“A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.”

Amanda Cross

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

David Baldacci

“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 Gissing

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company, by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”

Charles Baudelaire
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“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”

 Malcolm X

“Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”

Hermann Hesse

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

Anne Herbert

“I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting that yours will ever be.”

Elizabeth Scott

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”

Garrison Keillor

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”

René Descartes

“The love of books is among the choicest gifts of the gods.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”

George R.R. Martin
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“It’s a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place”

 Cornelia Funke

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”


“No two persons ever read the same book.”

Edmund Wilson

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”

Benjamin Franklin

“You’re never alone when you’re reading a book.”

Susan Wiggs

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.”

Helen Exley

“Too many books. Too few centuries.”

Jay Kristoff

“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.”

Somerset Maugham

“No furniture is so charming as books.”

Sydney Smith

“Only my books anoint me, and a few friends, those who reach into my veins.”

 Anne Sexton
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“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.”

Harold Bloom

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Jane Austen

“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.”

Robertson Davies

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

Alan Bennett

“A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.”

Mark Twain

“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”

Thomas Carlyle

“Books can not 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. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man’s freedom.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Books, the children of the brain.”

Jonathan Swift

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