Posted by: Jodi | June 6, 2010

Quickly Quotable #11 – Books

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
~James Bryce



  1. Oh, yeah. Both very good quotes.

    • Yay Rik – you made it here first!

  2. great quotes about the truth of a good book

  3. In agreement with your post, I submit the following:

    Ode to My Books
    (By Paula Tohline Calhoun ©1997)

    Books in bookshelves, firmly packed
    Books on counters, neatly stacked.
    Books by every couch and chair
    Books on floors and on the stair.
    Books for pleasure, books for learning
    (Not one single book for burning).
    Books for reading, books for show
    Books that shine with afterglow
    Of days spent telling stories culled
    From those same pages read of old.
    Books we’d love to give away,
    And books to savor, meant to stay
    With those who know the joyous taste
    Of books embossed and leather-cased
    Devoured as the hours pass
    While sitting in some boring class.
    (Those who say that class was wasted,
    Don’t know just how good that book tasted!).
    Books by authors known to few
    Books so old that now they’re “new.”
    Books that nourish starving minds,
    Books for everyone, all kinds.
    Books that still reside in me,
    Fresh, as they will always be.
    Should all the world and all within it
    Fall away this very minute –
    Were there no humans left to love,
    Just my books, and God above –
    Then list my life replete, well fed!
    With all my books, I’ll be well-read.

    • Paula ~

      I love your poem! I’d like to feature it in a guest blog. If you’re interested, let me know.

      • @ nr: You are welcome to it…even though it amounts to little more than an extended limerick, books are a subject I was, and still am, passionate about! Jodi: thank you for the compliment, but it’s hardly better than the insightful quotes you offered! 😀

    • Love it, thank you for sharing! It’s a great day when my comments turn out better than the post itself.

  4. Nice post, Jodi.

    “Books are a delightful society. If you go into a room filled with books, even without taking them down from their shelves, they seem to speak to you, to welcome you.” ~ Wm E Gladstone

    • There are so many great quotes about books I had a hard time choosing. Thanks for sharing this one!

  5. Love the quotes Jodi! “the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart” If this doesn’t make a person want to become a writer, I don’t know what will 🙂

    • The fantastic books I’ve read, the journeys that they have taken me on, are the reason that I keep on trying. We’ll get there, one day at a time. One day we will all see our names proudly printed on the cover of a wonderful book!

  6. Great quotes, we can only dream of our own words being quoted some day.

    • Until then, I like to quote myself. : )

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