Quotes About Books

Most writers are also avid readers. Here are some quotations about books from authors, philosophers, comedians and others.


Books have a way of finding their way into our lives, usually, right when we need them the most.
– Richard Denney

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.
– Stephen King

Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
– Mark Twain

Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.
– Holbrook Jackson

If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
– Toni Morrison

Never judge a book by its movie.
– J. W. Eagan

A book is a device to ignite the imagination.
– Alan Bennett

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

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
– James Bryce

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
– C.S. Lewis

So many books, so little time.
– Frank Zappa

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx

Tis the good reader that makes the good book.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Nothing ever invented provides such sustenance, such infinite reward for time spent, as a good book.
– David McCullough

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
– Anna Quindlen

Life is too short to waste time on books that end badly
– Jayne Ann Krentz

You cannot open a book without learning something.
– Confucius

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
– Oscar Wilde

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
– P. J. O’Rourke

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.
– Paxton Hood

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
– Salman Rushdie

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
– W. Somerset Maugham

A good book has no ending.
– R.D. Cumming


  1. says

    beautiful collection, every single one of them had their own blow. I especially liked the one by Frank Zappa, “So many books, so little time”. Superb!!! Thanks for the effort and also thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Lovely quotes, but one of them is the best that is: A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.