A Quote by Augustine Birrell on books, happiness, and world

An ordinary man can . . . surround himself with two thousand books . . . and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.

Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933)

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A Quote by Ashley Montague on books and good


The Good Book - one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever coined.

Ashley Montague

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A Quote by Ashleigh Brilliant on books and trouble

Some books make me want to go adventuring, others feel that they have saved me the trouble.

Ashleigh Brilliant (1933 -)

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on books, good, mistakes, time, and consuming

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 (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger on books, cinema, and fame

"I'll be back." Number Four in the Top Ten Most Famous Movie Quotes. -The Guinness Book of Film

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947 -)

Source: The Terminator, 1984.

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A Quote by Arnold Toynbee on belief, books, and country

I don't believe a committee can write a book . . . . It can, oh, govern a country, perhaps, but I don't believe it can write a book.

Arnold Toynbee (1852 - 1883)

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A Quote by Ardis Whitman on beauty, belief, books, bravery, cinema, courage, future, good, happiness, hope, justice, promises, sleep, strength, and present

Hope for the moment. There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. Look forward to the beauty of the next moment, the next hour, the promise of a good meal, sleep, a book, a movie, the likelihood that tonight the stars will shine and tomorrow the sun will shine. Sink roots into the present until the strength grows to think about tomorrow.

Ardis Whitman

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A Quote by Archimedes on books, certainty, earth, lies, and universe

Whether or not Copernicus knew it, even genuine heliocentrism had at least one ancient advocate: "But Aristarchus of Samos brought out a book consisting of certain hypotheses, in which the premises lead to the conclusion that the universe is many times greater than that now so called. His hypotheses are that the fixed stars and the sun remain motion less, that the earth revolves about the sun in the circumference of a circle, the sun lying in the middle of the orbit, and that the sphere of the fixed stars, situated about the same center as the sun, is so great that the circle in which he supposes the earth to revolve bears such a proportion to the distance of the fixed stars as the center of the sphere bears to its surface."

Archimedes (c.. 287 - 212 BC)

Source: The Sand-Reckoner by Aristarchus of Samos, Third Century B.C.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on books, fiction, money, and value

Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on books, possessions, and reading

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: New York Times Book Review

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