My Favorite Literary Quotes

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” 

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

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” 

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” 

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” 

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” 

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 

“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.” 

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” 

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” 

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” 

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” 


This post is part of my 31 Days to a Better Reading Life series.

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