A Quote by Edward R. Murrow on books, change, censorship, joe mccarthy, and conformity

If none of us ever read a book that was
'dangerous,' nor had a friend who was 'different,' or never joined an
organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of
people Joe McCarthy wants.

Edward R. Murrow


Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Franz Kafka on books, happiness, and awakening

If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read? So that it shall make us happy? Good God, we should also be happy if we had no books, and such books as make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. But what we must have are those books which come upon us like ill fortune, and distress us deeply, like the death of one we love better than ourselves; like suicide. A book must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us.

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on books, knowledge, and censorship

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on hesse, reading, writing, books, consciousness, and history

"For even the most childish intoxication with progress will soon be forced to recognize that writing and books have a function that is eternal. It will become evident that formulations in words and the handling on of these formulations through writing are not only important aids but actually the only means by which humanity can have a history and continuing consciousness of itself." (Hesse in Reading in Bed, ed. by Steven Gilbar, 1974)

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

Source: Gilbar, Steven: "Reading in Bed"

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A Quote by Katherine Hilliard Young on books and reading

With books I slip out of my life and am with the choicest company.

Katherine Young

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A Quote by Ray Bradbury on books


There must be something in books,  things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing.

Ray Bradbury (1920 -)

Source: Fahrenheit 451, Pages: 51

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A Quote by Michio Kaku on god, the old man, einstein, books, science, order, calling, and religion

When scientists use the word God, they usually mean the God of Order. For example, one of the most important revelations in Einstein's early childhood took place when he read his first books on science. He immediately realized that most of what he had been taught about religion could not possibly be true. Throughout his career, however, he clung to the belief that a mysterious, divine Order existed in the universe. His life's calling, he would say, was to ferret out his thoughts, to determine whether he had any choice in creating the universe. Einstein repeatedly referred to this God in his writings, fondly calling him "the Old Man." When stumped with an intractable mathematical problem, he would often say, "God is subtle, but not malicious."

Michio Kaku

Source: Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimens ion, Pages: 331

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A Quote by Nancy Pearl on books and book reviews

No one should ever finish a book they're not enjoying, no matter how popular or well reviewed the book is.

Nancy Pearl

Source: More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, Pages: x

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A Quote by Stephen King on the john, reading, books, and waiting

Waiting rooms were made for books--of course! But so are theater lobbies before the show, long and boring checkout lines, and everyone's favorite, the john.

Stephen King (1947 -)

Source: On Writing, Pages: 149

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on books


I cannot live without books.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Contributed by: Zaady

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