Books Quotes

 A book might be written on the injustice of the just. 
Author: Anthony Hope
Nationality: English
b. 9 February 1863  - d. 8 July 1933
  
 A book worth reading is worth buying. 
Author: Walter Winchell
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1897  - d. 20 February 1972
  
 A house without books is like a room without windows. 
Author: Horace Mann
Nationality: American
b. 4 May 1796  - d. 2 August 1859
  
 Critics are by no means the end of the law. Do not think all is over with you because you articles are rejected. It may be that the editor has his drawer full, or that he does not know enough to appreciate you, or you have not gained a reputation, or he is not in a mood to be pleased. A critic's judgment is like that of any intelligent person. If he has experience, he is capable of judging whether a book will sell. That is all. 
Author: Lavina Goodell
Nationality: American   
 Each time we re-read a book we get more out of it because we put more into it; a different person is reading it, and therefore it is a different book. 
Author: Muriel Clark
Nationality: American   
 From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 I resign. I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances you were born with. 
Author: Amy Tan
Nationality: American
b. December 1952
  
 Memory feeds imagination. 
Author: Amy Tan
Nationality: American
b. December 1952
  
 Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. 
Author: Groucho Marx
Nationality: American
b. 2 October 1890  - d. 19 July 1977
  
 Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it. 
Author: Moses Hadas
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 17 August 1986
  
 The book is here to stay. What we're doing is symbolic of the peaceful coexistence of the book and the computer. 
Author: Vartan Gregorian
Nationality: American
b. December 1934
  
 You represent the people. You don't substitute your judgement for theirs. You use polling. 
Author: Andrew Mark Cuomo
Nationality: American
b. December 1957
  
 You see what power is - holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them! 
Author: Amy Tan
Nationality: American
b. December 1952
  
 Writing a children's book means you cannot spin out long narratives or have complex character development. 
Author: Norman MacLeod
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1812  - d.  December 1872
  
 If you haven't read Lawrence of Arabia's translation of The Odyssey, it's very good. In the vernacular and simple. 
Author: Peter O'toole
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 August 1932
  
 I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old. 
Author: Stanley Kubrick
Nationality: American
b. 26 July 1928  - d. 07 March 1999
  
 When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it. 
Author: Philip Milton Roth
Nationality: American
b. 19 March 1933
  
 Why buy a book when you can join a library. 
Author: Ricky Dene Gervais
Nationality: English
b. 25 July 1961
  
 I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 No woman in my time will be Prime Minister or Chancellor or Foreign Secretary - not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be Prime Minister; you have to give yourself one hundred percent. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.  
Author: Francoise Sagan
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1935  - d. 24 September 2004
  
 I think books were my salvation, they saved me from being miserable. 
Author: Amy Tan
Nationality: American
b. December 1952
  
 I'm sitting in the $4.95 bookstore bleachers along with Shakespeare, Conrad and Joyce. I acknowledge that there is a fundamental difference that separates us. I am a contemporary author and they are not. And since I'm not dead yet, I can talk back. 
Author: Amy Tan
Nationality: American
b. December 1952
  
 Long experience had taught me that absolute silence is the best way. Say something, and it can be misheard. Misunderstood. Misinterpreted. It can get you convicted. It can get you killed. Silence upsets the arresting officer. He has to tell you silence is your right but he hates it if you exercise that right. I was being arrested for murder. But I said nothing. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 I thought: should I be worried? I was under arrest. In a town where I'd never been before. Apparently for murder. But I knew two things. First, they couldn't prove something had happened if it hadn't happened. And second, I hadn't killed anybody. Not in their town, and not for a long time, anyway. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 So he died, because for a split second he got brave. But not then. He died much later, after the split second of bravery had faded into long hours of wretched gasping fear, and after the long hours of fear had exploded into long minutes of insane screaming panic. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Jack Reacher stayed alive, because he got cautious. He got cautious because he heard an echo from his past. He had a lot of past, and the echo was from the worst part of it. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 The protection he relied on for nearly thirty years was based on just two things. The same two things anybody uses to protect against any danger. The same way a nation protects itself against an enemy missile, the same way an apartment dweller protects himself against a burglar, the same way a boxer guards against a knockout blow. Detection and response. Stage one, stage two. First you spot the threat coming in, and then you react to it. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 He had no living relatives anywhere capable of leaving him a fortune in a will. He owed no money. He had never stolen anything, never cheated anybody. Never fathered any children. He was on as few pieces of paper as it was possible for a human being to get. He was just about invisible. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 People have their reasons for giving rides, all of them different. Maybe they hitched a lot when they were younger and now they're settled and comfortable they want to put back what they took out. Like a circular thing. Maybe they have charitable natures. Or maybe they're just lonely and want a little conversation. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 The two men walked on and stopped eight feet in front of him and faced him head-on. Reacher flexed his fingers by his side, to test how cold they were. Eight feet was an interesting choice of distance. It meant they were going to talk before they tangled. He flexed his toes and ran some muscle tension up through his calves, his thighs, his back, his shoulders. Moved his head side to side and then back a little, to loosen his neck. He breathed in through his nose. The wind was on his back. The guy on the left took his hands out of his pockets. No gloves. And either he had bad arthritis or he was holding rolls of quarters in both palms. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 The cop climbed out of his car exactly four minutes before he got shot. He moved like he knew his fate in advance. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 As serious as a heart attack. Maybe those were Ken Kramer's last words, like a final explosion of panic in his mind as he stopped breathing and dropped into the abyss. He was out of line, in every way there was, and he knew it. He was where he shouldn't have been, with someone he shouldn't have been with, carrying something he should have kept in a safer place. But he was getting away with it. He was playing and winning. He was on top of his game. He was probably smiling. Until the sudden thump deep inside his chest betrayed him. Then everything turned around. Success became instant catastrophe. He had no time to put anything right. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Friday. Five o'clock in the afternoon. Maybe the hardest time to move unobserved through a city. Or, maybe the easiest. Because at five o'clock on a Friday nobody pays attention to anything. Except the road ahead.  
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Jack Reacher ordered espresso, double, no peel, no cube, foam cup, no china, and before it arrived at his table he saw a man's life change forever. Not that the waiter was slow. Just that the move was slick. So slick, Reacher had no idea what he was watching. It was just an urban scene, repeated everywhere in the world a billion times a day: A guy unlocked a car and got in and drove away. That was all. But that was enough. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Reacher hated turning back. He liked to press on, dead ahead, whatever. Everyone's life needed an organizing principle, and relentless forward motion was Reacher's. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 The guy that was standing said, "We don't want you here." Reacher said, "You're confusing me with someone who gives a shit what you want." "You won't get served in here." "Won't I?" "Not a hope." "You could order for me." "And then what?" "Then I could eat your lunch." 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Suppose you knew the winning numbers for the lottery? All of them? Not guessed them, not dreamed them, but really knew them? What would you do? You would run to the store. You would mark those numbers on the play card. And you would win...Same for killing people. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Suppose you wanted to kill people. You would need to know ahead of time how to do it. That part is not too difficult. There are many ways. Some of them are better than others. Most of them have drawbacks. So you use what knowledge you've got, and you invent a new way. You think, and you think, and you think, and you come up with the perfect method. You pay a lot of attention to the setup. Because the perfect method is not an easy method, and careful preparation is very important. But that stuff is meat and potatoes to you. You have no problem with careful preparation. No problem at all. How could you, with your intelligence? After all your training? You know the big problems will come afterward. How do you make sure you get away with it? You use your knowledge. You know more than most people about how the cops work. You've seen them on duty many times, sometimes close-up. You know what they look for. So you don't leave anything for them to find. You go through it all in your head, very precisely and very exactly and very carefully. Just as carefully as you would mark the play card you knew for sure was going to win you a fortune. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge, the more power. Which makes you just about the most powerful person on earth. When it comes to killing people. And then getting away with it. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Life is full of decisions and judgments and guesses, and it gets to the point where you're so accustomed to making them you keep right on making them even when you don't strictly need to. You get into a what if thing, and you start speculating about what you would do if some problem was yours instead of somebody else's. It gets to be a habit. It was a habit Jack Reacher had in spades. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 The dynamics of the city. His mother had been scared of cities. It had been part of his education. She had told him cities are dangerous places. They're full of tough, scary guys. He was a tough boy himself but he had walked around as a teenager ready and willing to believe her. And he had seen that she was right. People on city streets were fearful and furtive and defensive. They kept their distance and crossed to the opposite sidewalk to avoid coming near him. They made it so obvious he became convinced the scary guys were always right behind him, at his shoulder. Then he suddenly realized no, I'm the scary guy. They're scared of me. It was a revelation. He saw himself reflected in store windows and understood how it could happen. He had stopped growing at fifteen when he was already six feet five and two hundred and twenty pounds. A giant. Like most teenagers in those days he was dressed like a bum. The caution his mother had drummed into him was showing up in his face as a blank-eyed, impassive stare. They're scared of me. It amused him and he smiled and then people stayed even farther away. From that point onward he knew cities were just the same as every other place, and for every city person he needed to be scared of there were nine hundred and ninety-nine others a lot more scared of him. He used the knowledge like a tactic, and the calm confidence it put in his walk and his gaze redoubled the effect he had on people. The dynamics of the city. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of telltale signs. Mostly because they're nervous. By definition they're all first-timers. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 The world is the same jungle all over, but New York is its purest distillation. What is useful elsewhere is vital in the big city. You see four guys bunched on a corner waiting for you, you either run like hell in the opposite direction without hesitation, or you keep on walking without slowing down or speeding up or breaking stride. You look ahead with studied neutrality, you check their faces, you look away , like you're saying, Is that all you got? Truth is, it's smarter to run. The best fight is the one you don't have. But I have never claimed to be smart. Just obstinate, and occasionally bad-tempered. Some guys kick cats. I keep walking. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 You have to ration your opponents' victories. You have to mete them out, slowly and meanly. You have to make your opponents subliminally grateful for every little bit of compliance. That way you get away with giving up ten small losses a day, rather than ten big ones. 
Author: Lee Child
Nationality: British
b. December 1954
  
 Reading, to most people, means an ashamed way of killing time disguised under a dignified name. 
Author: Ernest Dimnet
Nationality: American
b. 09 July 1866  - d.  December 1954
  
 A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers. 
Author: Ernest Dimnet
Nationality: American
b. 09 July 1866  - d.  December 1954
  
 I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.  
Author: George Carlin
Nationality: American
b. 12 May 1937  - d. 22 June 2008
  
 And Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself. 
Author: John Wesley
Nationality: American
b. 28 June 1703  - d. 02 March 1791
  
 I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It's so frightfully good I've never bothered to read another. 
Author: Nancy Mitford
Nationality: British
b. December 1904  - d.  December 1973
  
 A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one. 
Author: Oswald Chambers
Nationality: Scottish
b. 24 July 1874  - d. 15 November 1917
  
 Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind. 
Author: Oswald Chambers
Nationality: Scottish
b. 24 July 1874  - d. 15 November 1917
  
 To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations - such is a pleasure beyond compare. 
Author: Yoshida Kenko
Nationality: Japanese
b. December 1283  - d.  December 1350
  
 It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn’t wait to leave. 
Author: Anatole Broyard
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1920  - d. 11 October 1990
  
 An aphorism is a generalization of sorts, and our present-day writers seem more at home with the particular. 
Author: Anatole Broyard
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1920  - d. 11 October 1990
  
 The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait. 
Author: Anatole Broyard
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1920  - d. 11 October 1990
  
 A good book is never exhausted. It goes on whispering to you from the wall. 
Author: Anatole Broyard
Nationality: American
b. 16 July 1920  - d. 11 October 1990
  
 To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative - the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time. 
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  
 The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb. 
Author: Umberto Eco
Nationality: Italian
b. 05 January 1932
  
 I am no fan of books. And chances are, if you're reading this, you and I share a healthy skepticisn about the printed word. Well, I want you to know that this is the first book I've ever written, and I hope it's the first book you've ever read. Don't make a habit of it. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 The summer movies are coming out. My advice: just stay home and burn a good book. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Pain is the body's way of telling the brain it's in trouble. Similarly, confusion is the brain's way of telling the body, 'All right, buddy, drop that book.' 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 I have read your book and much like it. 
Author: Moses Hadas
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 17 August 1986
  
 This book fills a much-needed gap. 
Author: Moses Hadas
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 17 August 1986
  
 The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. 
Author: Moses Hadas
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 17 August 1986
  
 Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 
Author: Mary Theresa Schmich
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1953
  
 The Good Book: Life is like an ocean voyage and our bodies are the ships And without a moral compass we would all be cast adrift So to keep us on our bearings, the Lord gave us a gift And like most gifts you get, it was a book I only read one book, but it's a good book, don't you know I act the way I act because the Good Book tells me so If I wanna know how to be good, it's to the Good Book that I go 'Cos the Good Book is a book and it is good and it's a book I know the Good Book's good because the Good Book says it's good I know the Good Book knows it's good because a really good book would You wouldn't cook without a cookbook and I think it's understood You can't be good without a Good Book 'cos it's good and it's a book And it is good for cookin' I tried to read some other books, but I soon gave up on that The paragraphs ain't numbered and they complicate the facts I can't read Harry Potter 'cos they're worshipping false gods and that And Dumbledore's a poofter and that's bad, 'cos it's not good Morality is written there in simple white and black I feel sorry for you heathens, got to think about all that Good is good and evil's bad and goats are good and pigs are crap You'll find which one is which in the Good Book, 'cos it's good And it's a book, and it's a book I had a cat, she gave birth to a litter The kittens were adorable and they made my family laugh But as they grew they started misbehavin' So I drowned the little fuckers in the bath When the creatures in your care start being menaces The answers can be found right there in Genesis! Chapter 6, Verse 5-7! [ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tim_minchin/the_good_book.html ] Swing your partner by the hand Have a baby if you can But if the voices your head Say to sacrifice your kid To satiate your loving God's Fetish for dead baby blood It's simple faith, the Book demands So raise that knife up in your hand! Before the Good Book made us good, there was no good way to know If a thing was good or not that good or kind of touch and go So God decided he'd give writing allegoric prose a go And so he wrote a book and it was generally well-received The Telegraph said, "This God is reminiscent of the Norse." The Times said, "Kind of turgid, but I liked the bit with horses." The Mail said, "Lots of massacres, a violent tour de force." If you only read one book this year, then this one is a book And it is good, and it's a book! Swing your daughter by the hand But if she gets raped by a man And refuses then to marry him Stone her to death! If you just close your eyes and block your ears To the accumulated knowledge of the last two thousand years Then morally, guess what? You're off the hook And thank Christ you only have to read one book Just because the book's contents Were written generations hence By hairy desert-dwelling gents Squatting in their dusty tents Just because what Heaven said Was said before they'd leavened bread Just 'cos Jesus couldn't read Doesn't mean that we should need When manipulating human genes To alleviate pain and fight disease When deciding whether it's wrong or right To help the dyin' let go of life Or stop a pregnancy when it's Just a tiny blastocyst There's no reason why we should take a look At any other book But the Good Book 'Cause it's good And it's a book And it's a book And it's quite good! Good is good and evil's bad And kids get killed when God gets mad And you'd better take a good look At the Good Book More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tim_minchin/#share 
Author: Tim Minchin
Nationality: Australian
b. 07 October 1975
  




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