Books and Reading: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Books and Reading: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)

Posted by jack_miller | Published a year ago

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By: John Keats, Mark Twain, et al.

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"Let blockheads read what blockheads write," suggested Lord Chesterfield. W. H. Auden once said, "Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered." And TV celebrity Jerry Seinfeld noted: "The big advantage of a book is that it's very easy to rewind. Close it and you're right back at the beginning."
Over 450 memorable quotes about books and reading fill these pages—with provocative declarations from Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, James Thurber, Anna Quindlen, and Oprah Winfrey, and scores of other writers, political figures, and celebrities.
A handy aid for speech writers and public speakers, this entertaining collection will also delight general readers.
My love of reading has led me on great adventures, to different lands, to the past and into the future. My interests are wide and varied when it comes to books; however, I have always been attracted to books of great quotations. I recently purchased this excellent Dover thrift edition of “Books and Reading: a book of quotations” edited by bill Bradfield and found it to be a fantastic read.

As we all know sometimes wonderful things come in small packages and this 65 page soft cover volume proves this point. The focus is on 450 quotations about reading and the writing of books. Some of the memorable quotes come from history’s best known writers such as Andrew Carnegie, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Henry Miller, Theodore Roosevelt and many others.
Here is just a very small sample of the quotes in this volume: “After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.” Chinese Proverb “Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice” Cyril Connolly.” “The best of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.” Thomas Carlye “Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.” Silas Weir Mitchell.

Like most book lovers and writers I have a large collection of quote books and if you are of the same mind-set you may want to check out this small gem of a book.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art and Warrior Haiku and Senryu).

- elliot_stewart

Wasn't exactly what I thought, but is in excellent condition. It's small and easy to get through.

- draven_hughes

Because of my professional career, I collect quotation books about reading and literacy. And this collection by Bill Bradfield is the best I've found to date. Yes, he's got the standard oldies by folks like Emerson, Erasmus, and Shaw but he's also included up-to-date quotations from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Malcolm X, and Stephen King. Granted, he included me in the list but I didn't need it -- I already knew what I said. At the price, it's the best bargain in quote books for anyone in education or libraries.

- trent_cruz

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