Quotes on books, authors, writing, found in Books by Gerald Donaldson.
"For several days after my first book was published I carried it about in my pocket, and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure that the ink had not faded." James Barrie
"Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written." Thoreau
"Tis the good reader that make the good book." Emerson
"There are books of which the backs are covered are far the best parts." Charles Dickens
"How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book" Thoreau
" Man builds no structure which outlives a book." Eugene Fitch Ware
"The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes." Agatha Christie
" It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give up because by that time I was too famous" Robert Benchley
"Authors in general are not good listeners." William Hazlitt
"Sir, he hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book." Shakespeare
"When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read." Hilaire Belloc
"I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book." Kenneth Rexroth
"As for you, little envious Prigs, snarling, bastard, puny Criticks, you’ll soon have railed you last: Go hang yourselves" Rabelais
"The life of writing men has always been…a bitter business. It is notoriously accompanied, for those who write well, by poverty an dcontempt’ or by fatuity and wealth for those who write ill." Hilaire Belloc
" I see no point in reading." Louis XlV
" I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about." Rousseau
" Come, and take a choice of all my library; And so beguile thy sorrow." Shakespeare.
" Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity." Spanish Proverb
"This never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum." Elbert Hubbard
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." Oscar Wilde.
"Never read anything until not to have read it has bothered you for some time." Samuel Butler.