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Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can

Books quotes

A good book on your shelf is a friend

that turns its back on you and remains a friend. 

~Author Unknown


The worth of a book is to be measured by

what you can carry away from it.

  ~James Bryce


If there’s a book you really want to read

but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. 

        ~Toni Morrison

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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are

the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of


~Charles W. Eliot


Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. 

~William Hazlitt


You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a

little as if you have lost a friend. 

~Paul Sweeney


“Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are” is true enough,

but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread. 

~François Mauriac


That is a good book which is opened with expectation

and closed with profit. 

~Amos Bronson Alcott


Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being

aburden to ourselves. 

~Jeremy Collier


The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily.

That is what Fiction means.

Oscar Wilde


I love everything that’s old,- old friends, old times,

old manners, old books, old wine.

Oliver Goldsmith


Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age. They support

us under solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves.

They help us to forget the crossness of men and things, compose our

cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments 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

.—Jeremy Collier.


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde quotes


  •  A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. 

  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

  •  Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. 

  • At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate                              quotations from the poets. 

  • Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. 

  • Genius is born — not paid.

  •  I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

  •  I am not young enough to know everything. 

  • I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability. 

  • If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. 

  • It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal. 

  • Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.  

  • Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

  •  Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves -which is the same thing nowadays.  

  • Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as on ewishes to live. 

  • The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. 

  • The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself. The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. 

  • The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. 

  •  We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow. 

  • Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

  •  Wisdom comes with winters.

  • Suffering is one very long moment. We cannot divide it by seasons.

  •  One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead. 

  • My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.

  • I can resist anything but temptation.

  •  It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. 

  • Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. 

  • Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. 

  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. 

  • What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. 

  • Only the shallow know themselves. 

  • The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. 

  • The truth is rarely pure and never simple. 

  • A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. 

  • I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible. 

  • I love acting. It is so much more real than life. 

  •  The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves.