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Quotations About Books

You can’t judge a book by its cover.
~ Unknown


Certain books come to meet one, as do people.
~ Elizabeth Bowen

Vogue, Sept 15, 1955


You can cover a great deal of country in books.
~ Andrew Lang


A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside the soul.
~ Franz Kafka


A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
~ Chinese Proverb


Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
~ James Russell Lowell


I love some of my printed books as much as anyone can. Just the same, my heart beats faster at a book of blank pages than it does at any book filled with printing.
~ Margaret Mead

An Anthropologist at Work


The books that one reads in the impressionable years, and therefore absorbs and remembers, are always so much better and more exciting than life.
~ E. V. Lucas

365 Days and One More


Many complain of their books, but none of their brains. 
~ Yiddish Proverb


Your family sees you as a lazy lump lying on the couch, propping a book up on your stomach, never realizing that you are really in the midst of an African Safari that has just been charged by elephants, or in the drawing room of a large English country house interrogating the butler about the body discovered on the Aubusson carpet. 
~ Cynthia Heimel

The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. 

~ Katherine Mansfield
The Letters of Katherine Mansfield


The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book.
~ Andre Maurois
The Art of Living


It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.
~ Rose Macauley


I never knew a girl who was ruined by a book.
~ James J. Walker


Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautiful furnishes a house.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Eyes and Ears


It is unlikely that the computer will displace the book ... with its intimacy, its forcibility, its accessibility, its freedom from outside energy sources ...
~ Daniel Boorstin


The public which reads, in any sense of the word worth considering, is very, very small; the public which would feel no lack if all book printing ceased tomorrow, is enormous.
~ George Gissing
The Private Papers of Henry Rycroft


Edwards, Book Collector, desired his coffin to be made out of some of the strong shelves in his library.
~ Charles Lamb