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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Books:

A dirty book is rarely dusty.
~ Author Unknown.

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
~ Alfred Whitney Griswold Quotes, New York Times, 24 February 1959.

Closing these two books, a reader senses that Joan Crawford, idol of an age, would have made an exemplary prison matron, possibly at Buchenwald. She had the requisite sadism, paranoia and taste for violence.
~ Harriet van Horne.

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
~ Mark Twain.

Every burned book enlightens the world.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.
~ Theodore Schroeder.

The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
~ Walt Whitman.

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.
~ Doris Lessing.

To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list.
~ John Aikin.

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
~ Sigmund Freud, 1933.

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
~ Heinrich Heine Quotes, Almansor, 1823.

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one - but no one at all - can tell you what to read and when and how.
~ Doris Lessing.

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 the ink had not faded.
~ J.M. Barrie.

In some ways the Web is the most important book in the world.
~ Jeff Bezos.

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