Top 100 Bookish Quotes
We’ve been celebrating intellectual freedom for Banned Books Week here at Quotables.
Since we never underplay our enthusiasm, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 100 Bookish Quotes – from books, about books, and everything in-between.
Don’t forget to hop on over to Quotables and love your favourites!
Part 1: Banned Books
Quotes On Banning Books
1. Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.
— Heinrich Heine
3. Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
— Alfred Whitney Griswold
4. The paper burns, but the words fly away.
— Akiba ben Joseph
8. Every burned book enlightens the world.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes From Banned Books
1. I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
— Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
2. What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it.
— JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
3.Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? and ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?
— Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
4.Oh Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly. Pray for us.
— Alice Walker, The Color Purple
5. I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.
— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
6. Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
— Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
7. If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war.
— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
8. I mean—hell, I been surprised how sane you guys all are. As near as I can tell you’re not any crazier than the average asshole on the street.
— Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
10. I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering it things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.
— Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Quotes On Censorship
4. Then the first thing will be to establish a censorship of the writers of fiction, and let the censors receive any tale of fiction which is good, and reject the bad; and we will desire mothers and nurses to tell their children the authorized ones only.
6. Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.
— Potter Stewart
7. Can you imagine going around your neighborhood with a piece of paper that says, “I went into the LIBRARY and found a BOOK with a DIRTY WORD in it, and now I want it LOCKED IN THE BASEMENT and GUARDED by a WOLVERINE so that THE PRECIOUS CHILDREN do not see the WORD. Please sign my petition.”
— Maureen Johnson
8. You can cage the singer but not the song.
— Harry Belafonte
10. I think the most un-American thing you can say is, ‘You can’t say that’.
— Garrison Keillor
Quotes On Libraries
3. A scholar is just a library’s way of making another library.
— Daniel Dennett
5. Madam, a circulating library in a town is an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge.
— Richard Brinsley Sheridan
6. In his library he had been always sure of leisure and tranquility; and though prepared… to meet with folly and conceit in every other room in the house, he was used to be free of them here.
— Jane Austen
7. A library is thought in cold storage.
— Lord Samuel
Quotes On Education
1. The highest result of education is tolerance.
— Helen Keller
3. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— William Butler Yeats
4. My education was interrupted only by my schooling.
— Winston Churchill
5. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela
7. We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then. But we don’t do that.
— John Taylor Gatto
10. Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.
— Leonardo Da Vinci
Part II: 50 Quotes for Book Lovers
1. People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
— Logan Pearsall Smith
7. You know when you’re young, you’re growing up, they’re almost sexually exciting places because books are powerhouses of knowledge, and therefore they’re kind of slightly dark and dangerous. You see books that kind of make you go ‘Oh!’
— Stephen Fry
11. Marianne: That’s what makes me so sad, life is so different from books.
— Jean-Luc Godard
12. A book, lying unopened, is but a bound, sleeping, innocuous little animal that will do no one any harm. Whoever does not arouse it, will not be yawned at; whoever does not poke his nose between its jaws, will not be bitten.
— Wilhelm Busch
13. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
— Franz Kafka
15. Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book.
— Kin Hubbard
16. A book is a machine to think with.
— I.A. Richards
17. Statler: Hm. Do you think this show is educational?
Waldorf: Yes. It’ll drive people to read books.
— Waldorf, The Muppets
18. A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
19. Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
— Bill Watterson
22. Reading is thinking with somebody else’s head instead of one’s own.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
23. Reading is like the sex act – done privately, and often in bed.
— Daniel J. Boorstin
24. There is no mistaking a good book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
32. Always read stuff that’ll make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
— P.J. O’Rourke
34. Choose an author as you choose a friend.
— Wentworth Dillon
35. Reading one book is like eating one crisp.
— Diane Duane
36. Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.
— Richard Steele
38. The good of a book lies in its being read.
— Umberto Eco
41. No furniture so charming as books.
— Sydney Smith
42. A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever.
— Martin Tupper
43. ‘Classic’. A book which people praise and don’t read.
— Mark Twain
45. A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
— George Borrow
47. A best seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
— Logan Pearsall-Smith
48. The proper study of mankind is books.
— Aldous Huxley
49. I fear the man of a single book
— Saint Thomas Aquinas