Quotes with book
Surely it is more honourable to do great things, than to speak or read great things!...When a Christian has one eye upon his book, the other should be looking up to heaven for a blessing upon what he reads.
The Unsearchable Riches of Christ
Our conscience, which is a great ledger book, wherein are written all our offenses...grinds our souls with the remembrance of some precedent sins, makes us reflect upon, accuse and condemn ourselves.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
Great men are the inspired texts of that divine Book of Revelations, whereof a chapter is completed from epoch to epoch, and by some named History.
It's a history book - a narrative of the journey of our species through time. It's a shop manual, with an incredibly detailed blueprint for building every human cell. And it's a transformative textbook of medicine, with insights that will give health care providers immense new powers to treat, prevent and cure disease.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
Who knows whether in retirement I shall be tempted to the last infirmity of mundane minds, which is to write a book.
If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
Publishing the book online has had some huge consequences for my life, but not the ones that I would have expected.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called "Huckleberry Finn."
Green Hills of Africa
Two From Galilee means more to me than anything else I have ever written. If I had never written anything else besides this book, I would still feel like I had accomplished something.
Interview with Dallas News
There is infinite pathos in unsuccessful authorship. The book that perishes unread is the deaf-mute of literature. The great asylum of Oblivion is full of such, making inaudible signs to each other in leaky garrets and unattainable dusty upper shelves.
I read the book several times, usually it's a book I know very well anyway, but I read it several times and make some notes and make a kind of plan that I think I would want to follow - usually I don't, it breaks down at some point - and then I put the book away and really don't look at it again until I've filled out my own thing. And then I look at it again and see what I have missed. But there is a period when the book and I are two separate entities.
About writing book adoptations.
Cosmogony and cosmology have always aroused great interest among peoples and religions. The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its make-up, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe. Sacred Scripture wishes simply to declare that the world was created by God, and in order to teach this truth it expresses itself in the terms of the cosmology in use at the time of the writer. The Sacred Book likewise wishes to tell men that the world was not created as the seat of the gods, as was taught by other cosmogonies and cosmologies, but was rather created for the service of man and the glory of God. Any other teaching about the origin and make-up of the universe is alien to the intentions of the Bible, which does not wish to teach how heaven was made but how one goes to heaven.
October 3, 1981 to the Pontifical Academy of Science
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
You guys with your book and your movie, you got really close to understanding war. You got very close, but you didn’t get all the way. The ultimate truth about war isn’t that you might die. The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers. In some ways, until today, you didn’t have the first idea about war. You didn’t know the first thing about it until today. And you’ve lost a brother. And now you understand.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington. Junger was quoting correspondence from an unknown Vietnam War veteran.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.
From Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, as appeared in The New York Times (July 16, 2001)
Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius, throwing the reader of a book, or the spectator of a statue, into the very ideal presence whence these works have originated.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Vigorous thought must come from a fresh brain. We cannot expect nerve, snap, robustness and vigor, sprightliness and elasticity, in the speech, in the book, or in the essay, from an exhausted, jaded brain.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
"Mr. McNamara, You must never have read a history book. If you'd had, you'd know we weren't pawns of the Chinese or the Russians. McNamara, didn't you know that? Don't you understand that we have been fighting the Chinese for 1000 years? We were fighting for our independence. And we would fight to the last man. And we were determined to do so. And no amount of bombing, no amount of U.S. pressure would ever have stopped us."
The Fog of War. McNamara recalling words of Thach, former Foreign Minister of Vietnam, during their meeting in 1995.
This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty ... what you will.
Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.
Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
One does not assemble a book of one's own witty aphorisms without being thought such a fool that any value the book might have would be rather thoroughly compromised.
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
The Conquest of Happiness (1930)
A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
Writers at Work (1977)
The profession of book-writing makes horse-racing seem like a solid, stable business.
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976). A statement Steinbeck is first quoted as having made in Newsweek on December 24, 1962.
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.
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?
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The Preface To ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, 1891
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all.
The Decay of Lying (1889)
I rejected the way in which morality was discussed - as though it was an abstract thing. It was so boring and pointless! The book also showed me as I wrote it that I hated utilitarianism [the English moral philosophy that regards the right action as the one that has the best consequences for human well-being]. I used to have very pious utilitarian views. But I came to see that consequentialist reasoning could just lead you on and on in the wrong direction.
Talking about his first book. Interview with Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian (November 29, 2002)
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.