Enjoy our collection of famous inspirational book quotes, sayings, and proverbs.
Spoken by famous authors, writers, speakers, and the everyday person.
inspire us by giving us new ideas, new ways to look at things. Also a listing of
resources for inspirational book sites for your reference.
One of the most famous book quotes was said by Charles W. Eliot:
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,
and the most patient of teachers."
Lack of information cannot be used as an excuse for not furthering your knowledge. Every city has a public library full of appropriate books, no matter what your area of interest.
Books cannot always please, however good; minds are not ever craving for their food. George Crabbe
The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. Andrew Ross
Books are the glass of council to dress ourselves by. Bulstrode Whitlock
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In books lies the soul of the whole past time. Thomas Carlyle
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon
We find little in books but what we put there. But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things. Joseph Joubert
Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. Henry Ward Beecher
Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and a houseful of books isn't poor. Sam Levenson
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
John Paul Getty
The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practised at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness. Holbrook Jackson
A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend. Author Unknown
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. James Bryce
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
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. William Styron
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
Louisa May Alcott
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. James Russell Lowell
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. E.P. Whipple
The response to 'The Greatest Generation' and the books that followed has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.
A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Jeremy Collier
Never judge a book by its movie. J.W. Eagan
A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. John Milton
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch. Augustus Hare
We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read. G.K. Chesterton
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early. Henry Brooke
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. W. Somerset Maugham
Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome. William Ewart Gladstone
A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
The wise man reads both books and life itself. Lin Yutang
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them. Samuel Butler
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I've decided life is too fragile to finish a book I dislike just because it cost $16.95 and everyone else loved it. Or eat a fried egg with a broken yolk (which I hate) when the dog would leap over the St. Louis Arch for it.
There is nothing like getting lost in a good book. C Pulsifer
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all. Henry David Thoreau
People will not be better than the books they read. Bishop Potter
Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.
Bernard M. Baruch
Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Resources Words Magazine
- Voluntarily run website for worldwide writers and readers of short stories. New and unpublished authors encouraged. Publishes quarterly interactive magazine - order a free sample via website. The website has lots of resources, competitions, writers' guides, etc. Profits in aid of charity (Our charity of the year is Help for Heroes)
- offers a creative approach in personal and accountability development through illustrations that encourage those thoughts and ideas that impact life most through wisdom and experience.
Sue William Silverman
- Sue's new book, Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir, is now available. Sue is also the author of two memoirs, Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction, and, her first book, Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You.
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