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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Books and Reading (371 Quotations)

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He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
~ Barrow

 

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The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
~ Stan Barstow

 

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Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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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

 

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

 

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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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When I am dead, I hope it may be said: ''His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.''
~ Hilaire Belloc

 

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Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
~ Stephen Vincent Benet

 

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Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
~ Walter Benjamin

 

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The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command.
~ Walter Benjamin

 

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Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
~ Arnold Bennett

 

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All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
~ Arthur Christopher Benson

 

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When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
~ John Berger

 

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I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
~ Aneurin Bevan

 

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Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
~ Augustine Birrell

 

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Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
~ Professor Blackie

 

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The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.
~ Allan Bloom

 

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A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.
~ Malcolm Bradbury

 

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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
~ Ray Bradbury

 

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Some books makes me want to go adventuring, others make me feel that they have saved me the trouble.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

 

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