Book Quotes, Sayings about literature

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
Joseph Joubert

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
– Paul Valéry

To a lover of books the shops and sales in London present irresistible temptations.
Edward Gibbon

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
Edward Gibbon

Each book has a secret history of ways and means.
Henry Ward Beecher

A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books.
Henry Ward Beecher

Books are the windows through which the soul looks out.
Henry Ward Beecher

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
Anthony Burgess


Perhaps love cannot live anywhere but books.
William Faulkner

Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.
William Faulkner

Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.
– Evan Esar

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

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

Outside of a dog, a book is probably man’s best friend, and inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
– Kathleen Norris

Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
– Austin Phelps

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Oscar Wilde

Life transforming ideas have always come to me through books.

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