Never judge a book by its movie.
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- Many readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings –as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.
- To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.
- The novel can’t compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who’s had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.
- The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
- There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
- Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.