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Books Are Treasures

"Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too, that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence." - Jan Morris
"To read is to empower.  To empower is to write. To write is to influence. To Influence is to change. To change is to live." - Jane Evershed
"Life happened because I turned the pages" - Alberto Manguel
"Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers." - Steven Spielberg
"The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination." - Elizabeth Hardwick 
"Books do furnish a room." - Anthony Powell 
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.  The human mind is our fundamental resource." - John F. Kennedy
"I like being around books. It makes me feel civilized.  The only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read."Tom Clancy 
A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.  - Author Unknown 
If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.  - Toni Morrison 
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  - Charles W. Eliot 
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.  - P.J. O'Rourke 
I find television to be very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.  - Groucho Marx 
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.  - Mark Twain 
I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.  - George Robert Gissing 
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  - Chinese Proverb 
Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.  - William Hazlitt 
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  - Paul Sweeney
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

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.  - Franz Kafka
The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.  - Andrew Ross
Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.  - Christopher Morley
In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation.  - Stéphane Mallarmé
Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."  - Helen Exley
There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know:  to touch words and have them touch you back.  - Jim Fiebig
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:  this is the ideal life.  - Mark Twain
A book is to me like a hat or coat - a very uncomfortable thing until the newness has been worn off.  - Charles B. Fairbanks
Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.  - Jesse Lee Bennett
When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.  - Clifton Fadiman
There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away.  No one has stepped twice into the same river.  But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?  - Marina Tsvetaeva
The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.  - Howard Pyle
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.  - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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.  - André Maurois

A house without books is like a room without windows.  - Heinrich Mann

Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death hath no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.  - J. Swartz

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.  - Henry Ward Beecher

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.  - John LeCarre
Never judge a book by its movie.  - J.W. Eagan
From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world's life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind's own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened.  - Helen E. Haines
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.  - Chinese Saying
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.  - Anatole France
'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.  - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870


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JessieSP JessieSP 6 years
These are wonderful.
Milxiway Milxiway 6 years
Lots of lovely quotes that I´ve never heard of before. The first one is my favorite: Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too, that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence. - Jan Morris
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
I liked all of these especially this one... "To read is to empower. To empower is to write. To write is to influence. To Influence is to change. To change is to live." - Jane Evershed
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
I am the same way when it comes to traveling, if I am not driving, I tend to immerse myself in a book.
crazywitch crazywitch 6 years
i cant leave the house without a book at hand. i stay awake at the wee hours of the night reading. and i would say reading makes me experience different kinds of life, struggles and success. i also learn lessons from it. :-)
gatara gatara 6 years
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. - Mark Twain Amazings quotes!!! thank you dear! I love books, I enjoy them and I work with them... kisses :hug:
Iveenia Iveenia 6 years
wow CW - you got me read in this ;) AWE QUOTES :) :HEART: books :)
samantha999 samantha999 6 years
"Life happened because I turned the pages" - Alberto Manguel google is good for research but not for reading. there is something about perusing and old book. running your fingers over the spine, the embossed type. the feel of the paper, the images made especially for it. each one a little gift waiting to be opened.
Grandpa Grandpa 6 years
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Google has cut my reading down from at least one book/week to about 3 books/month. Google in some ways are better then books for topics of interest, research is so much easier, what would take a full day in a good library, you can now accomplish in 30 minutes.
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