160 Good Book Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of good book quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about what are some good book.

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The Most Famous Good Book Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people-- people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. — E. B. White

Reading good books implants good ideas in the mind, develops good aspirations, and leads to the cultivation of good friends. — Mas Oyama

I would put books on par with chocolate, because a good book is delicious. — Nikki Giovanni

Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book. — John Bosco

Choosing a new book was like looking for treasure. — Kit Pearson

Preposition: An enormously versatile part of grammar, as in 'What made you pick this book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?' — Winston Churchill

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. — Charles Baudelaire

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. — Henry Ward Beecher

An unread book does nobody any good. Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page. — Brandon Mull

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Visit many good books, but live in the Bible. — Charles Spurgeon

Short Good Book Quotes

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  • The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. — Rene Descartes
  • One Best Book is Equal To Hundred Good Friends But One Good Friend is Equal To A Library. — Abdul Kalam
  • Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. — Mark Twain
  • And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good. — John Steinbeck
  • My alma mater was books, a good library. — Malcolm X
  • You can't blend in when you were born to stand out. — R. J. Palacio
  • He who destroys a good book kills reason itself. — John Milton
  • Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. — Harrison Ford
  • A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. — Lao Tzu
  • I love the smell of book ink in the morning. — Umberto Eco

Top 10 Good Book Quotes

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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. — Rene Descartes

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. — Abraham Lincoln

One Best Book is Equal To Hundred Good Friends But One Good Friend is Equal To A Library. — Abdul Kalam

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

The beauty of literature is you allow readers to see things through other peoples eyes. All good books do this. — Sandra Cisneros

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And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good. — John Steinbeck

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Visit many good books, but live in the Bible. — Charles Spurgeon

My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. — Malcolm X

Reading good books implants good ideas in the mind, develops good aspirations, and leads to the cultivation of good friends. — Mas Oyama

Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book. — John Bosco

Good Book Image Quotes

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Good book quote by John Steinbeck

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good. — John Steinbeck

Good book quote Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.
Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.
Good book quote by Umberto Eco

I love the smell of book ink in the morning. — Umberto Eco

Good book quote by Mark Haddon

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. — Mark Haddon

Good book quote Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience this is the ideal life.
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience this is the ideal life.

Reading A Good Book Quotes

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There are a lot of good books around. People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it? — Lemmy Kilmister

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. — Arthur Schopenhauer

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours. — Jane Kenyon

Good book quote Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, Write a good one !
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, Write a good one !

I read in a book that a man called Christ went about doing good. It is very disconcerting to me that I am so easily satisfied with just going about. — Toyohiko Kagawa

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. — Henry David Thoreau

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. — Vera Nazarian

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Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. — Mark Haddon

It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else. — John Waters

Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. — Kathleen Norris

Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper. — David Quammen

Really Good Book Quotes

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Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts. — Jo Walton

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken..." — Carl Sagan

If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times. — Anatole Broyard

There was no really good true war book during the entire four years of the war. The only true writing that came through during the war was in poetry. One reason for this is that poets are not arrested as quickly as prose writers. — Ernest Hemingway

I wanted to go to Portland because it's a really good book town. — Patti Smith

No one who writes a good book is really dead. — Walter Moers

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you. — Ernest Hemingway

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. — Arthur Conan Doyle

At present, however, I don't think the Net is a very good medium for books, books should really be inexpensive lightweight paperbacks you can bang around. — Rudy Rucker

All really good picture books are written to be read five hundred times — Rosemary Wells

Finishing A Good Book Quotes

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I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. — Karen Marie Moning

A large wildlife book, start to finish, could take one to two years, but then I would expect to get several good (nature) magazine features off the back of this, plus of course a lot of stock. — Nigel Dennis

sometimes after I finished a particularly good book, I had the urge to get the library card, find out who else had read the book, and track them down to talk about it — Jeannette Walls

There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well to worth staying up all night to finish. — Daniel Handler

Good books that often I would hate to finish because they took me into their lives and let me out of mine, for a while anyway. — Ron McLarty

Once you finish a book, it doesn't belong to you anymore. You're giving it to other people. If something in what a writer writes can excite the imagination and the feelings of the reader, then that reader carries it around forever. Nothing is more vivid than good fiction. — Paul Auster

A really good day for me is to write my book for about four hours, go to the writing room for about four hours and then maybe come back to the book to finish the day for a few more hours of it. — Michael Connelly

Yet I'm making a book and I'm going to care immensely about what words get bound in the pages, and I want the object to look good. I won't believe in it and it won't be real to me until there's a finished book I can hold. — Jonathan Lethem

I don't finish a lot of the books I read. I get enormous pleasure from reading half f them, two-thirds of them, even incredibly good books. But I don't feel it's my duty to finish them. I read the last few pages and find out what happens at the end. — Jackie French

My fondest wish, I suppose, would be to die at the keyboard right after finishing a book, perhaps with a little time off to have some really good sex. It's not, 'Oh, thank God, this is book No. 250. I can die now.' — Nora Roberts

Feeling Good Book Quotes

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Frog said, 'I wrote 'Dear Toad, I am glad that you are my best friend. Your best friend, Frog.' 'Oh,' said Toad, 'that makes a very good letter.'Then Frog and Toad went out onto the front porch to wait for the mail. They sat there, feeling happy together. — Arnold Lobel

A book without potty humor is like a banana split without hot fudge. It can still be good, I suppose, but you kinda get the feeling that something is missing. — Dav Pilkey

I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things. I didn't even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess. — Magnus Carlsen

I go too long without picking up a good book, I feel like I've done nothing useful with my life. — Jane Austen

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. — Mark Twain

I write my own stories. I like telling stories to little children. I think the good thing about stories is they carry you to another place which you've never been. And you feel like you're just enveloped by the book and the characters. — Georgie Henley

I feel happy and secure when I'm on my bed with a good book... I forget everything which is terrible in our world. — Francoise Hardy

A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there in a book, you may have your question answered — E. B. White

Series finales have that responsibility to leave you feeling good about entire series. You want to feel like the viewer closes the book satisfied. And if you strike out on the finale it skews how you feel about the entire series. — Shawn Ryan

As with companions so with books. We may choose those which will make us better, more intelligent, more appreciative of the good and the beautiful in the world, or we may choose the trashy, the vulgar, the obscene, which will make us feel as though we've been 'wallowing in the mire. — David O. Mckay

What Makes A Good Book Quotes

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Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for. — Alice Walker

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

Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us. — Alain de Botton

What makes a good book? Scholars and critics have been debating that question for decades. I like books that touch my head and my heart at the same time. — Jane Yolen

I think anyone who's not as good a writer as me is absolutely a hack, and I think anybody who's a slightly better writer than me is brilliant. So of course that makes me a horrible critic when it comes to books, because I can't distance my own experience from what I'm doing. — Chuck Klosterman

This is what makes me happy: ...Any music-free restaurant ... A grandson who offers to clean the snow off my driveway and also fix my computer ... An evening in bed with a good book. ... A good night's sleep ... As you can see, it doesn't take much to make me happy. — Art Buchwald

I travel a lot, so when I arrive in a city, I like to go to good local bookshops and make a selection based on how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking. The book I pick usually seems to have a definite karmic connection! — Yoko Ono

You take a book, and what can you do with a book? Can you cook an egg on a book? No. Can you dig a hole? No. Is it a good weapon? No. The fact that it's good for nothing kind of makes it almost all-important. — Etgar Keret

Other writers definitely influence my writing. What encourages me and inspires me is when I read a good book. It makes me want to be a better writer. — Kimberly Willis Holt

What makes a good book and what makes a good movie are totally different things. — Seth Grahame-Smith

Life Is So Good Book Quotes

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Life is a book, and every day that we live is a new page, so paint every page of your life with amazing colors of good deeds and amazing adventures. — Prince Ali Salman Aga Khan Aly Khan

I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It's so frightfully good I've never bothered to read another. — Nancy Mitford

Books are only made so that they may point the way to a higher life; but no good results unless the path is trodden with unflinching steps! — Swami Vivekananda

There is so much goodness in real life- do let us keep it out of our books. — Norman Douglas

And if thy heart be straight with God then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life and a book of holy doctrine for there is no creature so little or so despised but that sheweth and representeth the goodness of God. — Thomas a Kempis

Reading Good Books Quotes

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Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can — Louisa May Alcott

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

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. — Elizabeth Barrett Browning

reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat. — Becca Fitzpatrick

I always try to treat the book itself as the artwork. I don't want you to stop while you're reading one of my books and say, 'Oh! What a gorgeous illustration!' I want you to stop at the end of the book and say, 'This is a good book. — Chris Raschka

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious. — Ramakrishna

In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. — S. I. Hayakawa

A good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. — Mortimer Adler

Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading! — Rainer Maria Rilke

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable. — Louisa May Alcott

Great Book Quotes

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The great book, always open and which we should make an effort to read, is that of Nature. — Antonio Gaudi

The prohibition of science would be contrary to the Bible, which in hundreds of places teaches us how the greatness and the glory of God shine forth marvelously in all His works, and is to be read above all in the open book of the heavens. — Galileo Galilei

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. — B. F. Skinner

I read when I get up in the morning, when I can during the day and every single evening. Most of my weekends are spent reading great books. Books are my constant companions. If you eat three times a day you'll be fed. But if you read three times a day you'll be wise. — Shimon Peres

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Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature. — Antonio Gaudi

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One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. — Malala Yousafzai

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. — Louis Pasteur

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. — Moliere

That Book, the Bible, accounts for the supremacy of England. England has become great & happy by the knowledge of the true God through Jesus Christ. — Queen Victoria

A great book provides escapism for me. The artistry and the creativity in a story are better than any drugs. — Wentworth Miller

Good Reading Quotes

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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations. — Vladimir Nabokov

However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them? — Gautama Buddha

Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory. — Ray Charles

Your most important skill isn’t even what you majored in or even what you studied, it’s just knowing how to learn. If you have a good grasp of mathematics and if you like to read, there’s nothing you can’t learn on your own. — Naval Ravikant

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him. — John Locke

I look for the good in people. Sometimes I get hurt for it, but it's rare and it's worth it. You may hear me say optimistic things that sound naive. I'm not naive. I've read too much history to be naive. I just think love wins out over the darker parts of human nature in the end. — Lex Fridman

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. — Mortimer J. Adler

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More Good Book Quotes

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The first aim of a good college is not to teach books, but the meaning and purpose of life. Hard study and the learning of books are only a means to this end. We develop power and courage and determination and we go out to achieve Truth, Wisdom and Justice. If we do not come to this, the cost of schooling is wasted. — John B. Watson

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. — Neil Gaiman

The Brahmins say that in their books there are many predictions of times in which it will rain. But press those books as strongly as you can, you can not get out of them a drop of water. So you can not get out of all the books that contain the best precepts the smallest good deed. — Leo Tolstoy

I want to open myself. ... I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus. I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil. I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil. I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil! — Abigail Williams

Rule 1, on page I of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives... — Bernard Law Montgomery

Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good. The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God. — Ramakrishna

I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger. — Simone de Beauvoir

My own convictions as to negro slavery are strong. It has its evils and abuses...We recognize the negro as God and God's Book and God's Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him - our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude...You cannot transform the negro into anything one-tenth as useful or as good as what slavery enables them to be. — Jefferson Davis

I'm good at loving books. I'm good at loving soft bed sheets. I'm good at loving coffees and teas. I am good at loving things that can't love me back, that don't have the power to leave. And maybe, that's why I love them. — Andrea Gibson

The Christ within who is our hope of glory is not a matter of theological debate or philosophical speculation. He is not a hobby, a part-time project, a good theme for a book, or a last resort when all human effort fails. He is our life, the most real fact about us. He is the power and wisdom of God dwelling within us. — Brennan Manning

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book. ANOTHER VERSION I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. ANOTHER VERSION I find television very educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book. — Groucho Marx

It's always hard to wrap up a series. The longer I spend with the characters, the more they become like friends. — Rick Riordan

A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic. — Roy Blount, Jr.

In regards to this great Book [the Bible], I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it. — Abraham Lincoln

If I’m running a grade school curriculum for children, I would probably optimize happiness, nutrition, diet, exercise, How do you build good habits?, How do you break bad habits?, How do you have good relationships?, How do you find your spouse?, meditation, How do you build basic skills, not memorize lots of facts?, What kinds of books should you read? — Naval Ravikant

A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender. — Jim Bishop

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. — John Wooden

The world was a terrible place, cruel, pitiless, dark as a bad dream. Not a good place to live. Only in books could you find pity, comfort, happiness - and love. Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. — Cornelia Funke

In a good book the best is between the lines. — Swedish Proverbs

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