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Great book quotes

Francis Bacon wrote, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

Winston Churchill wrote, “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy, an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master and then a tyrant. The last phase is just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and throw him out to the public.”

Norman Mailer wrote, “Books are like wives, you don’t talk about them. But movies are different, they’re like mistresses, and you can brag a bit.”

Franz Kafka wrote, “A book should serve as an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.”

Rudyard Kipling wrote, “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

Thomas Carlyle wrote, “What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”

George Santanaya wrote, “There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margins are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books.”

Which of these quotes speak to you? Do you have another one about books that you like?

Reference: I never metaphor I didn’t like by Dr. Mardy Grothe (2008) Harper Collins Publishing


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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