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Charles W. Eliot Quotes and Sayings

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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;
they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors,
and the most patient of teachers.
- Charles W. Eliot

All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgements of probabilities,
and not on certainties.
- Charles W. Eliot

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther PHOTO

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

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

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

I live alone, with cats, books, pictures,
fresh vegetables to cook, the garden,
the hens to feed.
- Jeanette Winterson

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

A house without books is like a room without windows.
- Horace Mann

More books, more racing and more foolishness with cars
and motorcycles are in the works.
- Brock Yates

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than
the metaphysics of books.
- Walt Whitman

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
- Henry David Thoreau

The man who does not read good books
has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain

Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
- Lin Yutang

Children will not pretend to be enjoying books,
and they will not read books because they have been
told that these books are good.
They are looking for delight.
- Helen Dunmore

Many books require no thought from those who read them,
and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand
upon those who wrote them.
- Charles Caleb Colton

But I read comic books.
I read things like Richie Rich and Little Lulu.
- Alison Bechdel

The true university of these days is a collection of books.
- Thomas Carlyle

You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.
- Harper Lee

If the First Amendment means anything,
it means that a state has no business telling a man,
sitting alone in his house, what books he may read
or what films he may watch.
- Thurgood Marshall

I understand that when people read my books that there's something there -
but I don't identify with it.
- Kathy Acker

The wise are above books.
- Samuel Daniel

My idea of going to hell is going somewhere where there are no books.
- James MacArthur

A house without books is like a room without windows.
No man has a right to bring up his children without
surrounding them with books,
if he has the means to buy them.
- Horace Mann

I was drawn to boxing because I got beat up as a kid.
I was the kid with the piano books in a New York neighbourhood.
- Billy Joel

All of my books now come from readers' ideas.
- Ann Rule

I tend to come up with people more than situations -
most of my books start with a character.
- Jane Haddam

As far as I knew white women were never lonely,
except in books.
White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
- Maya Angelou

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's
childhood and on her family influences.
It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!
- Antonia Fraser

Every well-written book is a light for me.
When you write, you use other writers and their books
as guides in the wilderness.
- Kate DiCamillo

The things I keep going back to, rereading,
maybe they say more about me as a reader than about the books.
Love in the Time of Cholera, Pale Fire.
- Michael Chabon

Writing for children is bloody difficult;
books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts,
and they should therefore be accorded the same respect.
- Mark Haddon

I knew I would read all kinds of books and try to get
at what it is that makes good writers good.
But I made no promises that I would write books a lot
of people would like to read.
- Carl Sandburg

Schools and libraries are the twin cornerstones of a civilized society.
Libraries are only good if people use them,
like books only exist when someone reads them.
- Nicholas Meyer

Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.
- Heinrich Heine

I think that the online world has actually brought books back.
People are reading because they're reading the damn screen.
That's more reading than people used to do.
- Bill Murray

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often.
Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air,
high as birds, high as prices.
- William Lyon Phelps

Books have become products, like cereal or perfume or deodorant.
- Alexandra Ripley

The books are all very, very different so the publishers
really had to be different too.
- Mark Millar

Well see, I'm a good enough writer that not everybody
in my books talks exactly like I do.
- Robert Kirkman

Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror
is useful to a blind person.
- Chanakya

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
- B. F. Skinner

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -
everybody drinks water.
- Marilyn French

It's like why people read scary books or go see scary movies.
Because it creates a distance.
They're scared, but they're not going to get hurt.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The guys in my band are great-we watch movies,
we eat pizza, take walks, read books.
Everybody has a really great sense of humor.
And my boyfriend comes and visits me on the road.
- Lisa Loeb

I know many books which have bored their readers,
but I know of none which has done real evil.
- Voltaire

No, I don't autograph blank slips, checks,
or stickers, and certainly no books without me in them.
- Jack L. Chalker

I never thought I would just be doing Arkady books.
- Martin C. Smith

I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders,
keeping notebooks and old photographs.
Some of the books were antiques for that time period,
with the covers falling off.
- Tom Berenger

Well you know I've been fan of Tony Hillerman's books for years.
- Keith Carradine

Movies and television shows based on comic books constitute
the worst single genre in the history of filmed entertainment
(with the exception of porn).
- John Podhoretz

My books are about losers, about people who've lost
their way and are engaged in a search.
- Antonio Tabucchi


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