A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
Going out in Paris was like going out in the '30s dressed like the Andrews Sisters. It was everything I'd seen in books at my grandparents' house, only it was our generation.
My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
Oh, I think every author is inspired by all of the books that she reads.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
Second, there are so many magical places in books that you can't go to, like Hogwarts and Middle Earth, so I wanted to set a story in a place where children can actually go.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Deep-versed in books and shallow in himself.
One sheds one's sicknesses in books - repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
I will try to write books until I drop dead.