Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

— Mark Twain

Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.

— Karl Lagerfeld

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect

— Anaïs Nin

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing

— Anonymous

Books fall open, you fall in

— David T.W. McCord

One can’t prescribe books, even the best books, to people unless one knows a good deal about each individual person.

— Rudyard Kipling

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but, most important, it finds homes for us everywhere.

— Hazel Rochman

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

— P.J. O’Rourke

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

— Haruki Murakami

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw

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

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

— C.S. Lewis

Never lend books - nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.

— Anatole France

If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying.

— John Ruskin

I am a part of all I have read.

— John Kieran

The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.

— Ross MacDonald

Easy reading is damn hard writing.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

— Groucho Marx

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book—I'll waste no time reading it.

— Moses Hadas

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

— Samuel Johnson

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

— Mark Twain

One's chances of survival increase with each book one reads.

— Sherman Alexie

Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.

— Julian Barnes

Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know.

— John Keats

I don’t think anyone should write their autobiography until after they’re dead.

— Samuel Goldwyn