Over the years, many people have commented on the importance of books in their lives, so I thought it might be fun to gather some of the better quotes on this topic together for your pleasure, amusement and thoughts….
“Free time is a terrible thing to waste. Read a book.”
“To dream of afar, to chase a star, to believe in Captain Hook. To dance with bears and have no cares, this is the magic of a book.”
“What one means by integrity, in the case of the novelist, is the conviction that he gives one that this is the truth. . . . When one so exposes it [integrity] and sees it come to life one exclaims in rapture, But this is what I have always felt and known and desired! And one boils over with excitement, and, shutting the book even with a kind of reverence as if it were something very precious, a stand-by to return to as long as one lives, one puts it back on the shelf.”
“In books I meet the dead as if they were alive,
in books I see what is yet to come…
All things decay and pass with time…
all fame would fall victim to oblivion
if God had not given mortal men the book to aid them.”
“I believe books should be like a prime rib steak ~ good and thick.”
“Are you still with this man?
On no, She sniffed. I realized pretty quickly I couldn’t marry a man without a bookshelf.
In his house. Not even a little one in his loo for the Reader’s Digest.
Many people in this country don’t read books.
He didn’t have one book. Not even a true crime. Or a Jeffrey Archer. I mean, what does that tell you about someone’s character?”
“Of all the places I have walked into, libraries must be the most magical. Have you ever opened the cover of a book and wondered what you would find inside? Where you would go? Whom you would meet? A story has the power to send you back in time or into the future, to transport you to other lands and kingdoms. I’ve met ogres, talking rabbits, and some of my best friends in the pages of books.
Librarians might just have the best jobs ever. With each library card they hand out, they offer a ticket to strange and marvelous worlds. Open a book and, like Reading Beauty, you might fall under a spell—the magic of a deep read. But chances are, unlike the Sleeping Beauty of the original fairy tale, you will never want the spell to be broken.”
“This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.” ~ Dorothy Parker