10 Bookish Quotes

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

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
Henry Ward Beecher

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

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Joseph Brodsky

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

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

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
Anne Herbert

“I cannot live without books.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
Stephen King

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
L.M. Montgomery

Which of these quotes speaks to you?  For me, it has to be the quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson.  The thought of never being able to read another book is incomprehensible to me.  Even I don’t manage to read more than a few pages, I always, always read something each day.  I don’t know what I would do if I weren’t constantly in the middle of a good book, or about to start what I hope will be a good book.

A life without books would be a very bleak one, indeed.

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