Bookish Quotes

Here is a list of all the Bookish Quotes that rotate at random on the site.


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

Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.

- Hazrat Inayat Khan

When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left, then I buy food and clothes.

- Erasmus

Book lovers never go to bed alone.

- Anonymous

He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.

- John Milton

Second 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.

- Virginia Woolf

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life feel free, significant and interesting.

- Aldous Huxley

All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you have read one them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and then it belongs to you forever.

- Ernest Hemingway

The true felicity of a lover of books is the luxurious turning of page by page, the surrender, not meanly abject, but deliberate and cautious, with your wits about you, as you deliver yourself into the keeping of the book. This I call reading.

- Edith Wharton

When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.

- Meg Ryan

I always thought the joy of reading a book is not knowing what happens next.

- Guy Pearce

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice...and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.

- Gilbert Highet

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.

- Walt Disney

Remember this too: all bad writers are in love with the epic.

- Ernest Hemingway

The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

- Voltaire

Sometimes we don’t pick the books we read; they pick us.

- Liev Schreiber (in the movie The Hurricane)

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

- Mark Twain

You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read.

- Charles Jones

Every farmer, every laborer, every fisherman can both read and write — and we think that books instead of being locked up in cupboards, far from the sight of students, should be distributed as widely as possible. The books of our library are therefore passed from hand to hand without returning to the library shelves perhaps for years.

- Jules Verne

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

- Barbara Tuchman

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