Quotes about Books

Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.

William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

William Shakespeare

Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar-school; and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, thou hast built a paper-mill.

William Shakespeare

The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories, once foil'd,
Is from the books of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd.

William Shakespeare

The gentleman is not in your books.

William Shakespeare

Small have continual plodders ever won
Save base authority from others' books.
These earthly godfathers of heaven's lights
That give a name to every fixed star
Have no more profit of their shining nights
Than those that walk and wot not what they are.

William Shakespeare

From women's eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain, and nourish all the world.

William Shakespeare

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

Francis Bacon

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon

They lard their lean books with the fat of others' works.

Robert Burton

Though they [philosophers] write contemptu gloriæ, yet as Hieron observes, they will put their names to their books.

Robert Burton

He comes not in my books.

Beaumont and Fletcher

With books and money plac'd for show
Like nest-eggs to make clients lay,
And for his false opinion pay.

Samuel Butler

Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.

Thomas Fuller

Deep vers'd in books, and shallow in himself.

John Milton

Seasoned life of man preserved and stored up in books.

John Milton

The fairest garden in her looks,
And in her mind the wisest books.

Abraham Cowley

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.

Sir William Temple

The spectacles of books.

John Dryden

Read Homer once, and you can read no more;
For all books else appear so mean, so poor,
Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read,
And Homer will be all the books you need.

Duke of Buckinghamshire Sheffield

Books, the children of the brain.

Jonathan Swift

In books, or work, or healthful play.

Isaac Watts

Unlearned men of books assume the care,
As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair.

Edward Young

Behold the child, by Nature's kindly law,
Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw;
Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight,
A little louder, but as empty quite;
Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper stage,
And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age.
Pleased with this bauble still, as that before,
Till tired he sleeps, and life's poor play is o'er.

Alexander Pope

Manners with fortunes, humours turn with climes,
Tenets with books, and principles with times.

Alexander Pope

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