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Alexandra Ripley Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alexandra Ripley.

Books have become products, like cereal or perfume or deodorant.
- Alexandra Ripley

I really don't know why Scarlett has such appeal.
When I began writing the sequel, I had a lot of trouble
because Scarlett is not my kind of person.
She's virtually illiterate, has no taste,
never learns from her mistakes.
- Alexandra Ripley

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

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

 

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.
- Mark Twain

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Books are mirrors:
you only see in them what you already have inside you.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

True justice is not a matter of courts and law books,
but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
- Jimmy Carter

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers,
the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
- John Lubbock

Books! I dunno if I ever told you this,
but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

The man who does not read good books
has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
- Mark Twain

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

All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year.
Not all bits have equal value.
- Carl Sagan

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

I live alone, with cats, books, pictures,
fresh vegetables to cook, the garden,
the hens to feed.
- Jeanette Winterson

Books are the greatest gift one person can give another.
- Bono

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Books are the treasured wealth of the world
and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
- Henry David Thoreau

More books, more racing and more foolishness with cars
and motorcycles are in the works.
- Brock Yates

A house without books is like a room without windows.
- Horace Mann

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
- Horace

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than
the metaphysics of books.
- Walt Whitman

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

All the books I have written have been one book,
from the beginning.
- Marguerite Young

Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot.
But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner.
He did it better.
- Leslie Fiedler

We are the children of a technological age.
We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work.
Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books.
Reading them, however, has not changed.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

Books are good enough in their own way,
but they are a poor substitute for life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales.
- Carol Ann Duffy

No, I don't autograph blank slips, checks,
or stickers, and certainly no books without me in them.
- Jack L. Chalker

The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought,
and of elevated opinions.
- John Dawkins

The part of my writing I find the most rewarding is
when people write to me or speak to me in public to
tell me how his or her life has been changed by my books.
- Sidney Sheldon

Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
- Bern Williams

A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages,
looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating
stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
- Laura Bush

Books are a real solace, friendships are good but action is better than all.
- John Burns

My reading is extremely eclectic.
Lately I've been teaching myself computer graphics,
so I'm reading a lot about that.
I read books of trivia, of facts.
- Jack Prelutsky

Books that distribute things...
with as daring a freedom as we use in dreams,
put us on our feet again.
- Marsilio Ficino

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading
books is a more and more unusual experience,
and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright

I don't read magazines much, and I have an awful time with books.
- Payne Stewart

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
- Anatole France

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
- Charles Dickens

People in my books tend to get their just deserts,
even if not at the hands of the police.
- Antonia Fraser

I used to take five or six books away and bring five or six books back.
Nobody gave me direction or advice and I read much
in the way that a boy might watch television.
- John McGahern

Most of my books have been written in the form of fantasy.
- Lloyd Alexander

I love coloring books.
I keep some by my bed.
- Karen Black

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our
mind the minds of sages and heroes.
- Edward Gibbon

I agreed on condition that we found a completely new
concept that had nothing to do with the latest books.
- Bernard Pivot

I used to have all the Goosebumps books as a kid too.
- Tom Felton

If you read my books, especially the Star Trek books
and the Quest for Tomorrow books,
you'll see in them the core theme of the basic humanistic
questions that Star Trek asked.
- William Shatner

So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes,
it's also true that as a writer of books I want to
have the whole range of human emotions.
- Rick Moody

I have two books that were published quite some time ago.
I start to read about three sentences.
I have to close it.
I am so self-conscious.
Who did I think I was?
- Patty Duke

One way an author dies a little each day is when his books go out of print.
- William Goldman

How some of the writers I come across get through their
books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
- William Gaddis

I love comic books and always did as a kid.
- Rick Moody

I don't think the problem is that people don't read enough mystery books,
but that people don't read.
- Thomas Perry

I've got a long list of books I wish I'd never written-and
I've kept them all out of print for the past 20 years.
- Dean Koontz

There have been more books alone written about Hamlet
than have been written about the Bible.
- Mark Rylance

I have written a few children's books.
The first book that I wrote was for children.
It was called "The Package", and it was a mystery story in pictures.
It had no words.
- Laurie Anderson

I'll look at the script and I'll try to find as many books,
movies, and pieces of music that I think are going
to feed each scene or the character as a whole.
- Josh Lucas

I haven't made up my mind about doing anymore Landover books.
- Terry Brooks

There are too many books I haven't read,
too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I
haven't kept long enough.
- Irwin Shaw

There's a great deal of attention paid and books written
about this change of life in a woman,
and really very little written about a man's change of life.
- Frank Langella


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