Book quotes

  • Fishing books , lit by emotion recollected in tranquility, are like poetry. .. . We do not think of them as books but as men. They are our companions and not only riverside. Summer and winter they are with us and what a pleasant company they are.
    -- Arthur Ransome

    #Summer #Book #Winter

  • ...next to the pleasure of reading a favourite fishing book comes that of persuading a friend to read it too.
    -- Arthur Ransome

    #Reading #Book #Lakes

  • For at least the last 275 years the honesty of fishermen has been somewhat questionable. It should be noted that Izaak Walton whose book published in 1653 spoke not of anglers and , but anglers OR very honest men .
    -- Arthur Ransome

    #Honesty #Book #Men

  • You write not for children but for yourself. And if by good fortune children enjoy what you enjoy, why then you are a writer of children's books.
    -- Arthur Ransome

    #Children #Book #Writing

  • For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms.
    -- Arthur Rimbaud

    #Children #Latin #Book

  • A man who has not enough originality to think out a new title for his book will be much less capable of giving it new contents.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Book #Men #Thinking

  • To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Funny #Book #Reading

  • If a man wants to read good books, he must make a point of avoiding bad ones; for life is short, and time and energy limited.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Book #Life Is Short #Men

  • Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Time #Mistake #Book

  • One can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind. In order to read what is good one must make it a condition never to read what is bad; for life is short, and both time and strength limited.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Book #Life Is Short #Order

  • The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Art #Book #Reading

  • Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Change #Teacher #Book

  • To read a book is to hold an entire world in the palm of your hand. That world is unique to you; no two readers can ever inhabit the same world
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Book #Unique #Hands

  • However, for the man who studies to gain insight, books and studies are merely rungs of the ladder on which he climbs to the summit of knowledge. As soon as a rung has raised him up one step, he leaves it behind. On the other hand, the many who study in order to fill their memory do not use the rungs of the ladder for climbing, but take them off and load themselves with them to take away, rejoicing at the increasing weight of the burden. They remain below forever, because they bear what should have bourne them.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Memories #Book #Men

  • A book can never be anything more than the impression of its author’s thoughts. The value of these thoughts lies either in the matter about which he has thought, or in the form in which he develops his matter — that is to say, what he has thought about it.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Lying #Book #Matter

  • Many books serve merely to show how many ways there are of being wrong, and how far astray you yourself would go if you followed their guidance. You should read only when your own thoughts dry up...
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Book #Dry #Way

  • Don Quixote's 'Delusions' is an excellent read - far better than my own forthcoming travel book, 'Walking Backwards Across Tuscany.'
    -- Arthur Smith

    #Book #Tuscany #Excellent

  • The Bible is no lazy man's book! Much of its treasure, like the valuable minerals stored in the bowels of the earth, only yield up themselves to the diligent seeker.
    -- Arthur W. Pink

    #Book #Men #Yield

  • Never trust a man who reads only one book.
    -- Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    #Book #Men #Never Trust

  • Becoming a book collector is like joining a religion: it’s for life.
    -- Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    #Book #Joining #Becoming

  • One is never alone with a book nearby, don't you agree? Every page reminds us of a day that has passed and makes us relive the emotions that filled it. Happy hours underlined in red pencil, dark ones in black...
    -- Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    #Book #Dark #Black

  • he looked around at the books on the walls, at their dark, worn spines, and he seemed to hear a strange, distant murmur coming from them. each of the closed books was a door, and behind it stirred shadows, voices, sounds, heading toward him from a deep, dark place.
    -- Arturo Pérez-Reverte

    #Wall #Book #Dark

  • Speak Peace is a book that comes at an appropriate time when anger and violence dominates human attitudes. Marshall Rosenberg gives us the means to create peace through our speech and communication. A brilliant book.
    -- Arun Manilal Gandhi

    #Attitude #Book #Communication

  • I highly recommend reading this book, and applying the NVC process it teaches. It is a significant first step towards changing our communication and creating a compassionate world.
    -- Arun Manilal Gandhi

    #Book #Communication #Reading

  • To understand history,' Chacko said, 'we have to go inside and listen to what they're saying. And look at the books and the pictures on the wall. And smell the smells.
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #Wall #Book #Smell

  • Sweden rejected fluoridation in the 1970s, and in this excellent book these three scientists have confirmed the wisdom of that decision. Our children have not suffered greater tooth decay, as World Health Organization figures attest, and in turn our citizens have not borne the other hazards fluoride may cause
    -- Arvid Carlsson

    #Children #Book #Organization

  • We may take it to be the accepted idea that the Mosaic books were not handed down to us for our instruction in scientific knowledge, and that it is our duty to ground our scientific beliefs upon observation and inference, unmixed with considerations of a different order.
    -- Asa Gray

    #Book #Ideas #Order

  • I was a big reader as a child. My father is a great book lover and a librarian, but he forbid me to read bad literature. I was not allowed to read Nancy Drew or books like that. I often say to him that me becoming a crime author is both a way of pleasing him and annoying him.
    -- Asa Larsson

    #Children #Father #Book

  • Some authors state that the last stage in this chain of measurements involves "consciousness," or the "intellectual inner life" of the observer, by virtue of the "principle of psycho-physical parallelism." Other authors introduce a wave function for the entire universe. In this book, I shall refrain from using concepts that I do not understand.
    -- Asher Peres

    #Book #Intellectual #Principles

  • The Good Book - one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever coined.
    -- Ashley Montagu

    #Book #Good Book #Remarkable

  • People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way.
    -- Ashly Lorenzana

    #Dog #Book #Unique

  • The fact of the matter is that you should really stop concerning yourself with writing a book because anyone can write a book that totally sucks. There is nothing special about that.
    -- Ashly Lorenzana

    #Book #Writing #Special

  • You should always judge a book by its lovers.
    -- Ashok K. Banker

    #Book #Judging #Lovers

  • Writing is a intensely personal activity. I can pen down my best thoughts when Im alone. But when one is elevated into the stature of an author, you have to think about your books in terms of their business angle.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Book #Writing #Thinking

  • I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. At the end of the day, I'm a writer who simply loves revealing stuff that is out-of-the-ordinary.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Book #Effort #The End Of The Day

  • I don't care if my books don't sell abroad; we have a large enough market in our country. I write for Indian readers.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Country #Book #Writing

  • A book and a movie are different animals. You need a cinematic perspective to be involved in the motion pictures. And this is something I lack.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Book #Animal #Perspective

  • I was learning book-keeping at the age of 12, but it never stopped me from pursuing literature. Over the years, I grew to love the written word.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Book #Years #Age

  • I was passionate about reading from an early age, and I would always be carrying a different book each week.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Book #Reading #Age

  • Writing is incidental to my primary objective, which is spinning a good yarn. I view myself as a storyteller more than a writer. The story - and hence the extensive research that goes into each one of my books - is much more important than the words that I use to narrate it.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Book #Writing #Views

  • I've always been fascinated by books. When I was young, my grandfather used to hand out a book - which would be anything from a biography to a classic - to me every week and ask me to write a piece on what I thought about it. On the other hand, my mother used to love reading thrillers and bestsellers.
    -- Ashwin Sanghi

    #Mother #Book #Reading

  • Hamid Gul is an actor who is definitely not in our good books. Hamid Gul is somebody who was never appreciated by our government.
    -- Asif Ali Zardari

    #Book #Government #Actors

  • There is nothing I would change - to change it I would have had to write a totally different book.
    -- Asne Seierstad

    #Book #Writing #Different

  • If I lose, then I have to accept that my way of writing books is not the way society says it's okay to write.
    -- Asne Seierstad

    #Book #Writing #Way

  • I will get a loan and pay the money the court asks for. But I will not lay down my writing and I still say this was an important book to write.
    -- Asne Seierstad

    #Book #Writing #Important

  • Before going back to college, i knew i didn't want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together.
    -- Assata Shakur

    #Book #College #Knowing

  • A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
    -- Astrid Lindgren

    #Children #Book #Healing

  • And so I write the way I myself would like the book to be – if I were a child. I write for the child within me.
    -- Astrid Lindgren

    #Children #Book #Writing

  • What should a good children’s book be like? If you ask me, I can tell you after thinking long and hard: It must be good.
    -- Astrid Lindgren

    #Children #Book #Thinking

  • I've always been homeschooled, so doing it on set is kind of the same thing. My mom makes it very interactive - we'll get a book on chocolate and learn how to make it, or she will buy antique items. I love military history, the mechanics and strategy of it.
    -- Atticus Shaffer

    #Mom #Military #Book

  • In the present age, alas! our pens are ravished by unlettered authors and unmannered critics, that make a havoc rather than a building, a wilderness rather than a garden. But, a lack! what boots it to drop tears upon the preterit?
    -- Aubrey Beardsley

    #Book #Garden #Tears

  • When I'm on the couch, I usually have the TV on and my MacBook Air nearby. And sometimes, when my ADD is really kicking in, I have my iPad too. And my iPhone. And a magazine that I haven't gotten to. And a book under the pillow to my left.
    -- Aubrey Plaza

    #Book #Iphone #Air

  • If I have the option, I always read the paper or a book or something I can touch and destroy in my own hands.
    -- Aubrey Plaza

    #Book #Hands #Paper

  • I have a sort of Christmas-morning sense of the library as a big box full of beautiful books.
    -- Audrey Niffenegger

    #Beautiful #Morning #Book

  • Each spine was an encapsulated memory, each book represented hours, days of pleasure, of immersion into words.
    -- Audrey Niffenegger

    #Memories #Book #Hours

  • I try to get to the beach every day. It brings sanity to my life. I'll just sit and read a book and enjoy the quiet.
    -- Audrina Patridge

    #Beach #Book #Trying

  • God preserve us from writers who regurgitate what they have learnt from books! It is people's secrets we want to know - it is the natural history of the human heart that we have been trying to put down for a thousand years and everyone must and can leave their contribution.
    -- August Strindberg

    #Book #Writing #Heart

  • To any artist, worthy of the name, all in nature is beautiful, because his eyes, fearlessly accepting all exterior truth, read there, as in an open book, all the inner truth.
    -- Auguste Rodin

    #Beautiful #Book #Eye

  • The most important thing for a writer to do is to write. It really doesn't matter what you write as long as you are able to write fluidly, very quickly, very effortlessly. It needs to become not second nature but really first nature to you. And read; you need to read and you need to read excellent books and then some bad books. Not as many bad books, but some bad books, so that you can see what both look like and why both are what they are.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Book #Writing #Long

  • I feel like they are two different things, and when I write books, they're just books. If they can be movies that's okay. But I would write a novel that couldn't be a film.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Book #Writing #Two

  • I knew that if I wrote a new book every six months or every year, if I continued to read great books, eventually I would write something worthy of publication. I understood I might be in my forties or my fifties or even my sixties, but I felt confident that it would happen.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Book #Writing #Years

  • Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
    -- Augustine Birrell

    #Book #Reading #Library

  • Any ordinary man can...surround himself with two thousand books...and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
    -- Augustine Birrell

    #Happiness #Book #Men

  • Personally, I am dead against the burning of books.
    -- Augustine Birrell

    #Book #Burning

  • There were no books in Eden, and there will be none in heaven
    -- Augustine Birrell

    #Book #Eden #Heaven

  • Great is bookishness and the charm of books.
    -- Augustine Birrell

    #Book #Charm

  • Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
    -- Augustine Birrell

    #Book #Men #Years

  • There were epochs in the history of humanity in which the writer was a sacred person. He wrote the sacred books, universal books, the codes, the epic, the oracles. Sentences inscribed on the walls of the crypts; examples in the portals of the temples. But in those times the writer was not an individual alone; he was the people.
    -- Augusto Roa Bastos

    #Wall #Book #Epic

  • As to writing another book on geometry [to replace Euclid] the middle ages would have as soon thought of composing another New Testament.
    -- Augustus De Morgan

    #Book #Writing #Science

  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept of the stretch.
    -- Augustus Hare

    #Inspirational #Reading #Book

  • Books, as Dryden has aptly termed them, are spectacles to read nature. Aeschylus and Aristotle, Shakespeare and Bacon, are priests who preach and expound the mysteries of man and the universe. They teach us to understand and feel what we see, to decipher and syllable the hieroglyphics of the senses.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Book #Men #Hieroglyphics

  • When a man says he sees nothing in a book, he very often means that he does not see himself in it: which, if it is not a comedy or a satire, is likely enough.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Book #Mean #Men

  • Delicious... Everything I'd hoped for in a new Wild Cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I'd expect out of a George R. R. Martin project.
    -- Austin Grossman

    #Book #Character #Twists

  • Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.
    -- Austin Kleon

    #Running #Art #Book

  • Write the book you want to read
    -- Austin Kleon

    #Book #Writing #Want

  • Genealogy of ideas. You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see.
    -- Austin Kleon

    #Teacher #Book #Ideas

  • Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Filmmaker John Waters has said, "Nothing is more important than an unread library."
    -- Austin Kleon

    #Inspirational #Book #Reading

  • Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
    -- Austin Phelps

    #Book #Reading #Coats

  • Prayer is the preface to the book of Christian living; the text of the new life sermon; the girding on of the armor for battle; the pilgrim's preparation for his journey. It must be supplemented by action or it amounts to nothing.
    -- Austin Phelps

    #Christian #Prayer #Book

  • I either write the book or sell the jewels. And I'm kinda sentimental about the jewels.
    -- Ava Gardner

    #Book #Writing #Jewels

  • Listen, my day job is also Chief Creative Officer for Marvel, and it's a very painful job because we publish a lot of books, and there are things I see where I can punch people out. Therefore, we have some new people now, and the kids are going to read our books.
    -- Avi Arad

    #Jobs #Book #Kids

  • At the same time, as you know, unless you are a comic book reader, Daredevil is not a known thing.
    -- Avi Arad

    #Book #Aviation #Comic

  • No one bothered reading the books and understanding - and again, I'm not being high-falutin' about it - but I think our books are great literature with great metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes.
    -- Avi Arad

    #Real #Book #Reading

  • A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself. He can live without hope, without friends, without books, even without music, as long as he can listen to his own thoughts.
    -- Axel Munthe

    #Book #Men #Long

  • We take it for granted we know the whole story - We judge a book by its cover and read what we want between selected lines.
    -- Axl Rose

    #Book #Judging #Stories

  • In a well-functioning democracy, the state constitution is considered more important than God's holy book, whichever holy book that may be, and God matters only in your private life.
    -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    #Book #Democracy #Important

  • I hate homework. I hate it more now than I did when I was the one lugging textbooks and binders back and forth from school. The hour my children are seated at the kitchen table, their books spread out before them, the crumbs of their after-school snack littering the table, is without a doubt the worst hour of my day.
    -- Ayelet Waldman

    #Children #Hate #Book

  • You know, I feel like my job is to write a book. Then filmmakers come and they make a movie. And they're two really different art forms.
    -- Ayelet Waldman

    #Art #Jobs #Book

  • I did point out that I have no prophetic gifts. I write books because I tried to do something more useful and failed. Since I've been trained to write, I do that as a defense against total despair. And seeing people like you, who are actively engaged in trying to salvage pieces of our wrecked lives, gives me hope that after all we are not alone.
    -- Ayi Kwei Armah

    #Book #Writing #People

  • A lot of (Kyle's) stories when he was back home in Texas, a lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis. Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. So I think there are issues... When he was involved in his - on assignments in terms of what he was doing. A lot of the description that has come out from his book and some of the terminology that he has used, people have described as racist.
    -- Ayman Mohyeldin

    #Hate #Book #Home

  • If I turned towards books, it was because they were the only sanctuary I knew, one I needed in order to survive, to protect some aspect of myself that was now in constant retreat.
    -- Azar Nafisi

    #Book #Order #Sanctuary

  • My passion has always been books and literature, and teaching.
    -- Azar Nafisi

    #Book #Teaching #Passion

  • So many gay jokes tonight about (James) Franco. Apparently if you're clean, well dressed and mildly cultured, you're super gay now. Is that why the rest of you guys are so aggressively fat and dirty? You think if you read one book and take a shower, dicks are going to just fly into your face.
    -- Aziz Ansari

    #Dirty #Book #Gay

  • Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. What! Than ten hours over your books on your knees?
    -- B. B. Warfield

    #Book #Giving #Over You

  • We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
    -- B. F. Skinner

    #Inspiring #Education #Book

  • We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.
    -- B. F. Skinner

    #Book #Reading #Knowing

  • The alphabet was a great invention, which enabled men to store and to learn with little effort what others had learned the hard way-that is, to learn from books rather than from direct, possibly painful, contact with the real world.
    -- B. F. Skinner

    #Real #Book #Men

  • Did Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews furnish structural material for Joseph Smith's Book of Mormon? It has been pointed out in these pages that there are many things in the former book that might well have suggested many major things in the other.Not a few things merely, one or two, or half dozen, but many; and it is this fact of many things of similarity and the cumulative force of them that makes them so serious a menace to Joseph Smith's story of the Book of Mormon's origin
    -- B. H. Roberts

    #Book #Views #Two

  • My personal history would not be disappointing to readers, but it is my own affair which I want to keep to myself. I am in fact in no way more important than is the typesetter for my books, the man who works the mill; no more important than the man who binds my books and the woman who wraps them and the scrubwoman who cleans up the office.
    -- B. Traven

    #Book #Men #Office

  • Yoga is the rule book for playing the game of Life, but in this game no one needs to lose. It is tough, and you need to train hard. It requires the willingness to think for yourself, to observe and correct, and to surmount occasional setbacks. It demands honesty, sustained application, and above all love in your heart.
    -- B.K.S. Iyengar

    #Honesty #Yoga #Book