Quotations on Books

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When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Computers, History, Books, Past, Reading, Writing)

I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: God, Books, Free will, Sense, Surprises, Writers, Writing)

With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: Dreams, Poetry, Books, Consciousness, Self, Shakespeare, World)

I am really impressed by lawyers who write books and tell us that they never lost a case. Most lawyers who have never lost a case have not had enough hard cases. But there are very difficult cases out there.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: Books, Lawyers)

I just had the sense that at least the books that I had read about law just didn't really have enough of that.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: Books, Law, Sense)

Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.
- Robert Adamson
(Keywords: Poetry, Books, Living, Pretty, Writing)

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Genius, Books, Mankind, Posterity)

Study nature, not books.
- Louis Agassiz
(Keywords: Nature, Books, Study)

The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Home, Books, Fate, Fire, Heaven, Night, Songs)

I have also written a book about the Giving of the Torah, and a book on the Days of Awe, and a book on the books of Israel that have been written since the day the Torah was given to Israel.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Books, Day, Giving, Israel)

Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Keywords: Experience, Books, Observation)

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Books, Friends)

Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: Age, Books, Day, Now, Praise)

If writers learn more from their books than do readers, perhaps I may have begun to learn.
- Lloyd Alexander
(Keywords: Books, May, Writers)

Most of my books have been written in the form of fantasy.
- Lloyd Alexander
(Keywords: Books, Fantasy)

When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels.
- Dorothy Allison
(Keywords: Romance, Sister, Books, Growing up, Horror)

When today's generation reads Jack's books or they listen to the music created by some of us, I believe that they see there is a different way of approaching today's life and today's sometimes seeming hopelessness that can provide answers.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Life, Music, Answers, Books, Today)

That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another - by collaborating with one another and creating your own network - you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Music, Books, Listening, Network, Reading)

If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that eventually that I'd become very successful writing Dune books after Frank Herbert's death, I would have laughed myself silly, I think, at how strange that prospect would be.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Time, Death, Successful, Books, Self, Silly, Writing)

I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Politics, Science, Books, Court, Fantasy, Kings, Sense)

I have written a few children's books. The first book that I wrote was for children. It was called "The Package", and it was a mystery story in pictures. It had no words.
- Laurie Anderson
(Keywords: Books, Children, First, Mystery, Words)

What five books would I like to be remembered for? Well... Tau Zero, I like that one especially. It was somewhat of a tour de force, and I think it got across what I was trying for.
- Poul Anderson
(Keywords: Books, Force, Trying)

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Men, Women, Books, Lonely)

It was an hour and a half plane ride, so I slept. I try to sleep because that's probably the only time I get to get my real sleep. When I can't sleep I read books or watch movies.
- Keren Ann
(Keywords: Movies, Time, Books, Sleep)

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: History, Life, Books, Talk)

As for collaboration - I have done a lot, 26 books, and found publishers increasingly resistive to them. It's not that the books are bad; editors won't even read them.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Books, Collaboration, Editors)

No one bothered reading the books and understanding - and again, I'm not being high-falutin' about it - but I think our books are great literature with great metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes.
- Avi Arad
(Keywords: Life, Being, Books, Literature, Metaphors, Reading, Understanding)

Listen, my day job is also Chief Creative Officer for Marvel, and it's a very painful job because we publish a lot of books, and there are things I see where I can punch people out. Therefore, we have some new people now, and the kids are going to read our books.
- Avi Arad
(Keywords: People, Books, Day, Job, Kids, Now)

I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Thought, People, Books, Footsteps, Grammar, Logic, Rules, Style, Will)

I read true crime books, and I read when people do case studies of stuff. I'm into books like that. Case studies or forensics or murder - all that good stuff.
- Tom Araya
(Keywords: People, Books, Crime, Murder)

In our fathers' time nothing was read but books of feigned chivalry, wherein a man by reading should be led to none other end, but only to manslaughter and bawdry.
- Roger Ascham
(Keywords: Time, Books, Chivalry, End, Fathers, Man, Nothing, Reading)

Comic books and The Chronicles of Narnia. My mother used to read those to me and my twin brother growing up.
- Shawn Ashmore
(Keywords: Mother, Brother, Books, Growing up)

I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.
- Isaac Asimov
(Keywords: Books, Immortality)

We're kidding on that. One of the things I insisted upon when we went into this project was that we are full partners, going fifty-fifty, both on the money and on the say of what's going on with the books.
- Robert Asprin
(Keywords: Money, Books, Project)

Though my books are written from a historical perspective, I have goon so far back that I am in the realm of prehistorical speculation rather than simple historical fact to weave my stories around.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Books, Fact, Perspective)

I don't write for publishers, certainly not for critics, and not for readers, But I am delighted that so many people have found my books enjoyable and want to continue to read them.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: People, Books, Want)

I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Ideas, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Public)

I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I'm not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Time, Books, Fantasy, Fiction)

Although most products will soon be too costly to purchase, there will be a thriving market in the sale of books on how to fix them.
- Norman Ralph Augustine
(Keywords: Books, Will)

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Education, Men, Books, Pen, Will)

I don't know if she should worry too much, I mean some of our greatest writers have had movies made of their books, lots of Hemingway novels were turned into movies, it doesn't hurt the book.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Movies, Books, Hurt, Worry, Writers)

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about. We could quote things, talk about books we'd read; you can say something, you don't have to explain it.
- Kevin Ayers
(Keywords: Books, Literary, Talk, Talking)

The reason is that till date, in spite of advances in information technology and strategies of information, the written word in the form of books still remains one of humanity's most enduring legacies.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Technology, Books, Humanity, Information, Reason, Word)

It is only through books that we partake of the great harvest that is human civilization across the ages.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Civilization, Books, Harvest)

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Imagination, Books, Literary, Writer)

I'm obsessed with zombies. I like watching zombie movies and I read zombie books.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Movies, Books, Zombies)

The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: People, Books, Reason)

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: People, Books, Reason)

That difficult start drove me on to inspire children and let them know that it is never to late to repair a bad experience at school, and once you get your head down and start to read books, you can really achieve.
- Johnny Ball
(Keywords: Experience, Books, Children, School)

I'm a geophysicist and all my earth science books when I was a student, I had to give the wrong answer to get an A. We used to ridicule continental drift. It was something we laughed at. We learned of Marshall Kay's geosynclinal cycle, which is a bunch of crap.
- Robert Ballard
(Keywords: Science, Books, Earth, Ridicule, Wrong)



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