Five Great Quotations about Books

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” – Oscar Wilde

“I firmly believe every book was meant to be written.” – Marchette Chute

“The books we think we ought to read are poky, dull, and dry/The books that we would like to read we are ashamed to buy/The books that people talk about we never can recall/And the books that people give us, oh, they’re the worst of all.” – Carolyn Wells

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher