Thursday, August 25, 2016

Great quotes about books and reading.

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“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln

"Does being a paranormal author make me a ghost writer?" by Adrian Lee

The trouble with quotes on Twitter - it's hard to tell if they're genuine - Mark Twain

"Books are no more threatened by Kindle, than stairs by elevators." — Stephen Fry

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. @Bookstexts

“Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.” Austin Phelps

9 Quotes That are More Famous Than the Books They Came From by Jeff Somers

12 quotes from Roald Dahl books to live your adult life by
There's a whole lot of wisdom in those treasured childhood tales

"I feast on solitude, I will never miss the crowd. I could read the great books but the great books don't interest me." - Charles Bukowski

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. Mark Twain

I know many books which have bored their readers, but I know of none which has done real evil. Voltaire

“No two persons ever read the same book.” Edmund Wilson

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakemi

“Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.” Ezra Pound

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

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

“There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” Charles Dickens

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” Louis L’Amour

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

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” J.K. Rowling

“There’s no reason why the same man should like the same books at 18 and at 48.” Ezra Pound

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

“A good novels tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” G.K. Chesterton

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Heinrich Heine

“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.” Khaled Hosseini

“You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.” Stephen King

“All books are divisible into two classes:  the books of the hours, and the books of all time.” John Ruskin

Books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them. - Cornelia Funke

I can't get attached to library books. It's like a 14-night stand with a tramp covered in Dewey-Decimal tattoos.~Heinz Schmitz

"I just tried to make reservations at the library"
"They were fully booked"

H.L. Mencken:

It is the misfortune of humanity that its history is chiefly written by third-rate men. The first-rate man seldom has any impulse to record and philosophise; his impulse is to act; life, to him, is an adventure, not a syllogism or an autopsy. Thus the writing of history is left to college professors, moralists, theorists, dunder-heads. Few historians, great or small, have shown any capacity for the affairs they presume to describe and interpret. Gibbon was an inglorious failure as a member of Parliament. Thycydides made such a mess of his military (or, rather, naval) command that he was exiled from Athens for twenty years and finally assassinated. Flavius Josephus, serving as governor of Galilee, lost the whole province to the Romans, and had to flee for his life. Momssen, elected to the Prussian Landtag, flirted with the Socialists. How much better we would understand the habits and nature of man if there were more historians like Julius Caesar, or even like Niccolo Machiavelli! Remembering the sharp and devastating character of their rough notes, think what marvelous histories Bismarck, Washington and Frederick the Great might have written! Such men are privy to the facts; the usual historians have to depend on deductions, rumors, guesses. Again, such men know how to tell the truth, however unpleasant; they are wholly free of that puerile moral obsession which marks the professor.... But they so seldom tell it! Well, perhaps some of them have—and their penalty is that they are damned and forgotten.

The notion that theology is a dull subject is one of the strangest delusions of a stupid and uncritical age. The truth is that some of the most engrossing books ever written in the world are full of it. For example, the Gospel according to St. Luke. For example, Nietzsche's "Der Antichrist." For example, Mark Twain's "What Is Man?", St. Augustine's Confessions, Haeckel's "The Riddle of the Universe," and Huxley's Essays. How, indeed, could a thing be dull that has sent hundreds of thousands of men—the very best and the very worst of the race—to the gallows and the stake, and made and broken dynasties, and inspired the greatest of human hopes and enterprises, and embroiled whole continents in war? No, theology is not a soporific. The reason it so often seems so is that its public exposition has chiefly fallen, in these later days, into the hands of a sect of intellectual castrati, who begin by mistaking it for a sub-department of etiquette, and then proceed to anoint it with butter, rose water and talcum powder. Whenever a first-rate intellect tackles it, as in the case of Huxley, or in that of Leo XIII., it at once takes on all the sinister fascination it had in Luther's day.


There are books which have an inverse value for the soul and the health according as the inferior soul and the lower vitality, or the higher and more powerful, make use of them. In the former case they are dangerous, disturbing, unsettling books, in the latter case they are herald-calls which summon the bravest to THEIR bravery. Books for the general reader are always ill-smelling books, the odour of paltry people clings to them. Where the populace eat and drink, and even where they reverence, it is accustomed to stink. One should not go into churches if one wishes to breathe PURE air.

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