10 Mighty Quotes about Books

These quotes about books are sure to fuel your desire to read more; as if you needed the encouragement, right! This list includes some of the titians of literature, I'm sure you'll agree.

Quotes about books by James Baldwin.

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Top 10 List of Great Book Quotes


"Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all."

- Henry David Thoreau


"We don't need a list of rights and wrongs,
tables of dos and don'ts:
we need books, time, and silence. 
Thou shalt not is soon forgotten,
but Once upon a time lasts forever."

- Philip Pullman


"Reading is the sole means by which we slip,
often helplessly,
into another's skin, another's voice,
another's soul."

- Joyce Carol Oates


"It is what you read
when you don't have to
that determines what you will be
when you can't help it."

- Oscar Widle


"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life."

- Mark Twain


"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them."

- Daniel Handler


"Picking five favorite books
is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose."

- Neil Gaiman


"The reading of all good books
is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries."

- Rene Descartes


"Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow."

- Orhan Pamuk 


"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure."

- Samuel Johnson

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