Thursday 13: Book quotes

 For today’s Thursday 13 I’m listing some of my favourite book quotes…

  1. Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown
  2. It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.  ~Oscar Wilde
  3. "Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.  ~François Mauriac
  4. There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. ~Bertrand Russell
  5. A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan
  6. My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.  ~Thomas Helm
  7. I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.  ~Charles de Secondat,
  8. Books had instant replay long before televised sports.  ~Bern Williams
  9. If you have never said "Excuse me" to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time.  ~Sherri Chasin Calvo
  10. A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum — of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. ~Henry Miller
  11. The public library is the most dangerous place in town. ~John Ciardi
  12. I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. ~Jorge Luis Borges
  13. A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say ‘How to Build a Boat ~Stephen Wright

12 Comments Write a comment

  1. These are great quotes! Thanks for visiting my blog and I will use some of these in my scrapbooking for sure. Have a great weekend.


  2. Those are some good ones! Especially 11.

    I think my favorite though is the Erasmus one: “When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.”


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