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Read my lips: no new taxes. - George Bush

Keep it simple but significant. - Don Draper

Never judge a book by its movie. - J.W. Egan

Books are uniquely portable magic. - Stephen King

I don't read books. I write them. - Henry Kissinger

I read part of it all the way through. - Samuel Goldwyn

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. - Austin Phelps

Books and chocolate make life bearable. - Unknown

What is reading, but silent conversation. - Walter Savage Landor

In the end, we'll all become stories. - Margaret Atwood

I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot. - J.D. Salinger

Every person is a book, each year a chapter. - Mark Twain

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. - Unknown

Why don't you write books people can read? - Nora Joyce

Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story. - Daphne du Maurier

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. - Frank Capra

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. - Franz Kafka

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Joseph Addison

Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. - Earl Nightingale

I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door. - Michael Ondaatje

Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel. - Jane Smiley

Everything comes to him who waits. Except a loaned book. - Kin Hubbard

A classic is a book which people praise and don't read. - Mark Twain

My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. - Abraham Lincoln

A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. - Ernest Hemingway

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. - Benjamin Franklin

The best leaders are the most dedicated learners. Read great books daily. - Robin Sharma

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. - Louis Pasteur

Giving your book to Hollywood is like turning your daughter over to a pimp. - Tom Clancy

Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does. - Groucho Marx

I get intrigued by a puzzle, and writing a book is the best way to solve it. - Anthony Storr

Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales. - Stephen Hawking

For those of you who haven't read the book, it's been published tomorrow. - David Frost

It often happens that the quotations constitute the most valuable part of a book. - Vicesimus Knox

When I was younger I used to lock myself in the bathroom and read in the dry tub. - Karen Russell

No man can be called friendless when he has God and the companionship of good books. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Like the Good Book says, "Let him who is without sin be the rolling stone." - Archie Bunker

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. - Cicero

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. - Dorothy Parker

You get an education when you read the small print. You get a shock when you don't. - Buck Tracy

How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music. - Unknown

Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. - Harold Abelson

There is no reason why the same man should like the same book at eighteen and at forty-eight. - Ezra Pound

When a book and a head come into contact and one of them sounds hollow, is it always the book? - Arthur Schopenhauer

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else. - Ivern Ball

Stalin didn't write any memoirs. He was too secretive. He was afraid people might read them. - Jonathan Lynn

I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial. - Flannery O'Connor

I fell asleep reading a dull book, and I dreamed that I was reading on, so I awoke from sheer boredom. - Heinrich Neine

Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat. - Becca Fitzpatrick

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. - Bertrand Russell

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime. - Martin Luther

Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read. - George Burns

The only way to write a great book is to write it with the eyes of a child who sees things for the first time. - Arnold Bennett

I gave my young nephew a book for Christmas. He's spent six months looking for where to put the batteries. - Milton Berle

Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring... 'How to Build a Boat.' - Steven Wright

I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 18. I didn't know what it was, so I went to the library and looked it up. - Ron Santo

It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and to recall them with satisfaction when we are old. - Leigh Hunt

Five years from now, you're the same person except for the people you've met and the books you've read. - John Wooden

I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write. - George W. Bush

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. - Atwood H Townsend

Did you read about Starbucks? No more "Merry Christmas" at Starbucks. No more. Maybe we should boycott Starbucks. - Donald Trump

Laughter is healing and helpful and fun, and I see my role as an entertainer, and I want readers to leave my books smiling. - Gail Carriger

The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They're monumental. They're straight out of Page 52 in your school history book. - Billy Crystal

Accountant: 1. A noble insect; 2. A dutiful book balancer whose role within a corporation is to protect it from creative ideas. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

There is not less wit, not less invention, in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that book. - Pierre Boyle


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