A Quote by Charles Robert Darwin on books, cruelty, devil, and nature

About to start the Origin of Species in 1856: What a book a Devil's Chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low & horridly cruel works of nature!

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

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A Quote by Charles Caleb Colton on books, reason, simplicity, and thought

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 Colton (c.1780 - 1832)

Source: wrote Lacon,,2 volumes of aphorisms

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A Quote by Carlos Fuentes on books, experience, and good

I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.

Carlos Fuentes (1928 -)

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A Quote by Carl Van Doren on books


A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.

Carl Van Doren (1885 - 1950)

Source: quoted by James Thurber in Bermudian, 1950

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on books, cities, information, value, and world

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 (1934 - 1996)

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A Quote by Calvin Trillin on books, family, life, and trade

The average trade book has a shelf life of between milk and yogurt, except for books by any member of the Irving Wallace family - they have preservatives.

Calvin Trillin (1935 -)

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A Quote by Callimachus on books and boredom

Big book, a big bore.

Callimachus (c. 300 - 240 BC)

Source: The Greek Anthology

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on boasts, books, effort, faith, men, reading, and truth

[Unbelievers] think they have made great efforts to get at the truth when they have spent a few hours in reading some book out of Holy Scripture, and have questioned some cleric about the truths of the faith. After that, they boast that they have searched in books and among men in vain.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pensées. 1670.

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A Quote by Bill Hoest on books, day, diet, husbands, justice, and wives

Husband to his wife: "You could lose a lot of weight if you'd just carry all your diet books around the block once a day."

Bill Hoest

Source: The Lockhorns, a cartoon

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A Quote by Bertolt Brecht on books and names

Who built the seven gates of Thebes? In the books are listed the names of kings. Did the kings heave up the building blocks?

Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)

Source: Question of a Literary Worker (Fragen Fines Lesenden Arbeiters)

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