Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Love

Here is a collection of book quotes I amassed while taking my Motivating Students to Read graduate class for recertification this summer. I collected the quotes simply for my pleasure (though I did use a few strategically in an essay or two), but figured I should share them with you so you can enjoy them, too. I hope you do!

The Reader by Fragonard

Book love. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live.
Anthony Trollope

I cannot live without books!
Thomas Jefferson

A book is a gift you can open again and again.
Garrison Keillor

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
B. F. Skinner

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

Tell me what you read, and I will tell you who you are.
Slovak Proverb

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

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.
William Styron

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
Christopher Morley

The Reader by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Mark Twain
Everyone who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting.
Aldous Huxley

What is reading but silent conversation?
 Walter Savage Landor

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.
William Hazlitt

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
Chinese Proverb

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
C.S. Lewis

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 are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.
Jesse Lee Bennett

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.
Clifton Fadiman

Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.
William Feather

The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.
Howard Pyle

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
Paul Sweeney

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
E.P. Whipple

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread.
Fran├žois Mauriac

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
Edmund Burke

A house without books is like a room without windows. 
Heinrich Mann
When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.
Clifton Fadiman

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
Kathleen Norris

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Francis Bacon

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.  
Arnold Lobel

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.
Chinese Saying

I am a part of all I have read.
John Kieran

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we led without having lived them: those we spent with a favourite book.
Marcel Proust

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.... What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Henry David Thoreau

Claude Monet aka The Reader by Renoir

Books fall open,

you fall in...
David McCord

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

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 blessed companion is a book, - a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend... a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own.
Douglas Jerrold

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson




Erika said...

Fellow Crew mate and new follower! :)

Sela said...

Stopping by from the TOS Crew :)
Don't know how I've missed your blog before, looks like we link up to a lot of the same memes!
Anyway, stop by if you get a chance

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