A good book is an event in my life
"The treasures of life is hidden in a book."
Hold fast to the world of books
"It is the spirit of the poets that gives the soldiers strength to fight."
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." ― Oscar Wilde
"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though." ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry." ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." ― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
"Sleep is good, he said, and books are better." ― George R.R. Martin
"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." ― Voltaire
Perhaps it is true that at base we readers are dissatisfied people, yearning to be elsewhere, to live vicariously through words in a way we cannot live directly through life. Perhaps we are the world's great nomads, if only in our minds...I am the sort of person who prefers to stay at home, surrounded by family, friends, familiarity, books...It turns out that when my younger self thought of taking wing, she wanted only to let her spirit soar. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life
"But I hope that I will never have a life that is not surrounded by books, by books that are bound in paper and cloth and glue, such perishable things for ideas that have lasted thousands of tears, or just since the most recent Harry Potter. I hope I am always walled in by the very weight and breadth and clumsy, inefficient, antiquated bulk of them, hope that I spend my last days on this Earth arranging and rearranging them on thrones of good, honest pine, oak, and mahogany, because they just feel good in my hands, because I just like to look at their covers, and dream of the promise of the great stories inside." ― Rick Bragg
"Sometimes looking at the many books I have at home, I feel I shall die before I have come to the end of them, and yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books. When I go - when I walk inside a library I find a book on one of my hobbies...and then I say to myself, what a pity I can't buy that book, because I already have a copy at home." ― Jorge Luis Borges
"I like ethics." The question of morality, how and why do people behave in certain ways. "And the principle of knowledge." I continue, "I've read this one." I show him On Certainty (book) by Ludwig Wittgenstein wrapped in my hand. "An intelligent one, that is, though, modern mind rarely appreciates such kind of writing. Not any more. I studied philosophy myself, and you know what I think? Every branch of knowledge needs philosophy for it helps to organise the flow of ideas and articulate meanings. I could not agree more to that. "Do you think it will be deserted one day?" "Probably. Nobody will bother about it any more, just like history. What is the only thing people become more interested in nowadays?" he asks. "Making money." His thumb rubs repeatedly over the tip of the index finger. "Philosophy and history are considered as eccentric. They don't usually offer people high income, and that's the inexorable reality. We've got to deal with it anyhow." ― Aishah Madadiy, Bits of Heaven
"Until writing was invented, man lived in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless, in the dark of the mind, in the world of emotion, by primordial intuition, by terror. Speech is a social chart of this bog." ― Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage
"No one knows if something works until it actually works. That's why you must always try." ― S.A. Tawks, The Spirit of Pessimism
"Sometimes when Rose was reading, she would catch a whiff of the musty smell of her book. She put her nose down in the fold and inhaled deeply so that wonderful smell, the smell of adventure in faraway lands, would fill her up. She rubbed her hand across the pages to feel the velvety surface of the paper. When she closed her eyes, her fingertips could even feel the words that were printed there, each letter raised just a little, almost like the special language that her blind aunt Mary could read. To Rose, a book was as real and alive as if it breathed and walked and spoke." ― Roger Lea MacBride, In the Land of the Big Red Apple
"A book about books is like a poem about poetry: Books are knowledge, paid for, all. Readers - horses in a stall. Stallions should always run. Lest they stale become, in turn. Running waters are most clear. In some books, you disappear – lose yourself, and track of time. How I wish that one was mine... Mine, to have, to write, to read... Mine, just like a flying steed. Mine, forever, - to improve. Would I then, of me, approve? I would not, I can't... myself. I'm but dust, swept off a shelf. Fly, can I, just 'til I'm settled, down, beside my flower, petalled." ― Will Advise, Nothing is here...
"Like some wondrous birds out of fairy tales, books sang their songs to me and spoke to me as though communing with one languishing in prison; they sang of the variety and richness of life, of man's audacity in his strivings towards goodness and beauty." ― Maxim Gorky
"Imagine if you could dream about your books, read them in your dreams and learn them. You will never need to study in your life again. Just sleep." ― Andreas Harpas
"I am often asked a stock question: 'Have you actually read all those books?' To this I have my answer ready: 'Is there anybody who has read all the books in his library?' That would be like claiming to enjoy the incredible luxury and good fortune of being able to accomplish everything in this life that one would wish." ― Konstantinos Staikos
"Do you like books, Lady Murray?' Lavinia asked. 'Just to read,' Violet said. 'A mistake. A very big mistake. A poorly bound book disintegrates. Where would our learning be then? We need something permanent, solid. We need to treat words with the respect they are due. Treasure them. Adorn the books that contain these words with leather bindings, illuminate their words with gold. We shouldn't treat learning lightly.' 'But I would treat a word scrawled on a scrap of paper with the same respect as one written on an illuminated manuscript." ― Alice Thompson
"Beyond that -- don't ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read... " ― Neil Gaiman
"There's always another story. When you read a book again and let your imagination take over, it can take you to new stories, so it's like a book inside the book!" ― Kate Westerlund, If You Wish
"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt for inquisitivre mind"