Literary Quotations

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it. ~ Groucho Marx

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time. ~Barbara W. Tuchman

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. ~Robert Frost

TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six.  Open your child’s imagination.  Open a book.  ~Author Unknown

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ~P.J. O‚ÄôRourke

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. ~ Terry Pratchett

A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it. ~ William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958Sticker - NG Member -Prof Reader

A book burrows into your life in a very profound way, because the experience of reading is not passive. ~Erica Jong

There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. ~Ursula K. LeGuin

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. ~ Angela Carter

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. ~Ray Bradbury

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.  ~John LeCarre

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

Think before you speak. Read before you think. ~Fran Lebowitz

There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house. ~Joe Ryan

If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe?  The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.  ~Author Unknown

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

One response to “Literary Quotations

  1. Nice collection of quotes! And some interesting — if obscure (to me!) — books! Lots to add to my TBR!

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