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Historical Books Quotes


"Actually my first eight books were historical novels, but they were never published" - Caroline B Cooney

"All the historical books which contain no lies are extremely tedious." - Anatole France

"Actually my first eight books were historical novels, but they were never published." - Caroline B Cooney

"If you read any of my books, they tend to have a strong historical perspective." - Eric Kandel

"I love to read history books, which is where I get my ideas. I also read historical romance for pleasure." - Virginia Henley

"Though my books are written from a historical perspective, I have goon so far back that I am in the realm of prehistorical speculation rather than simple historical fact to weave my stories around." - Jean M Auel

"Yet the companions of the Muses will keep their collective nose in my books And weary with historical data, they will turn to my dance tune." - Ezra Pound

"I am thrilled when I read about fans using my stories as springboards to read about either the historical characters or the myths and legends in the books." - Michael Scott

"I've always read a lot of historical books and I'm a big fan of documentaries, and I've always thought of ways to do it." - Shawn Ryan

"Long historical books get written by women, but not contemporary experiments, which still seems to be a very male-dominated field." - Eleanor Catton

"Incense. Books. Just weird." - Shaquille O'Neal

"Books dont need batteries" - Nadine Gordimer

"Books can be misleading" - J K Rowling

"We live for books." - Umberto Eco

"I love books." - Matthew Macfadyen

"Controversy sells books." - Robert Gottlieb

"Electronic books are junk." - Ray Bradbury

"You'll notice that my books offer great variety. Some are for adults, some for children and some for teens. There are mysteries, historical novels, picture books, love stories and stories of crisis and courage." - Sonia Levitin

"Reading books is good, Rereading good books is better." - Lawrence Clark Powell

"Books make me feel safe. Books make me feel normal." - Gary Paulsen

"Good books are irrefutable, and bad books refute themselves." - Remy De Gourmont

"All typefaces are historical." - Jonathan Hoefler

"All societies are historical." - Raymond Queneau

"Books belong to their readers." - John Green

"Books can be terrible snobs." - Simon R. Green

"Sad stories make good books" - Khaled Hosseini

"i really like reading books" - Dale Carnegie

"I grew up reading comic books. Super hero comic books, Archie comic books, horror comic books, you name it." - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

"Books wind into the heart." - William Hazlitt

"...books were better than travel." - Pseudonymous Bosch

"Books are dead men talking." - George R R Martin

"Books are sepulchres of thought." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I read a lot of books for information, like doctor books, spy books. . . ." - William S Burroughs

"I want to see books taken out of historical time and placed into a different timeline, such as evolutionary or geological time, as a means of putting the human experience in context." - Douglas Coupland

"The ones that were relevant while I wrote my book were books like "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, which is based on a historical fact, "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow, and "True History of the Kelly Gang" by Peter Carey." - Laila Lalami

"Research is always a very necessary part of my process because all of my books to this point have been historical. Time spent in the library adds to one's wealth as a writer or artist." - Floyd Cooper

"I don't separate my books into historical novels and the rest. To me, they're all made-up worlds, and both kinds are borne out of curiosity, some investigation into the past." - Peter Carey

"I've always loved comic books. As a kid, I used to read cowboy stories and historical comics about other worlds, unknown places that would take me out of myself and which helped to develop my imagination." - James Herbert

"Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture." - Tadao Ando

"I've always loved writing emotionally rich, character-driven novels that explore the way people fall in love and deal with life's triumphs and tragedies. I enjoy writing the contemporary and historical books equally, though perhaps 'enjoy' is the wrong word." - Susan Wiggs

"There were a lot of adventure books for boys, historical novels by Kenneth Roberts, and whatever mystery novels the alarmed librarian imagined might not corrupt an eager but innocent youth." - Peter Straub

"I lay no claim, it should be clear, to being a historian. So in my books, the intimate and personal have been intertwined inextricably with the broad and historical." - Khaled Hosseini

"I read numerous books - loads in fact - and, as I always do when recording a historical project, immersed myself into the subject matter. I spent many hours at Henrys old homes, such as Hampton Court, and visiting the Tower of London. I read no other books during that period." - Rick Wakeman

"Why do I write historical fiction? Johnny Tremain, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Island of the Blue Dolphins-that's why. I'll never forget how it felt to read those books. I want to write books with the same power to transport readers into another time and place." - Jennifer Armstrong

"I read numerous books - loads in fact - and, as I always do when recording a historical project, immersed myself into the subject matter. I spent many hours at Henry's old homes, such as Hampton Court, and visiting the Tower of London. I read no other books during that period." - Rick Wakeman

"Some books that I've read on the Kindle, I've been like, 'I want that on my shelf.' Because it says, 'I'm the kind of person who has read this.' The kind of books that says, 'I'm serious and intellectual and historical and race-conscious.'" - Jennifer Lee

"You accept the historical Jesus?" - Albert Einstein

"Judaism is an historical religion." - Moses Hess

"I just love historical fiction." - Jennifer Donnelly

"I like writing historical fiction." - Philippa Gregory

"I like mythology - anything historical." - Cassie Steele

"I love the idea of books being more than books, or being, rather, something other than books." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"You're not allowed to say anything about books because they're books, and books are, you know, God." - Nick Hornby

"Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul." - Joanne Harris

"All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time." - John Ruskin

"Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time." - John Ruskin

"Books are immortal sons deifying their sires." - Plato

"Books are the liberated spirits of men." - Mark Twain

"Only your friends steal your books." - Voltaire

"I grew up kissing books and bread." - Salman Rushdie

"Good books are the warehouses of ideas." - H G Wells

"E-books are impervious to analogy." - Scott Adams

"Tony Abbott's books are so amazing!" - Tony Abbott

"Books were safer than other people anyway." - Neil Gaiman

"Years teach us more than books." - Berthold Auerbach

"Nothin's real scary except in books." - Harper Lee

"Books are for nothing but to inspire" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Love is only found in books" - Ellen Hopkins

"At least let us have healthy books." - Henry David Thoreau

"Books are like tweets, except longer." - John Green

"Books in your head help no one." - Sam Horn

"We become the books we read." - Matthew Kelly

"Nothin's real scary except in books." - Harper Lee

"Being poor is only romantic in books." - Sidney Sheldon

"I am a product [...of] endless books." - C S Lewis

"I love books, they're in my blood." - Karen Marie Moning

"Books are solitudes in which we meet." - Rebecca Solnit

"People die, but books never die." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity." - Proverbs

"To read too many books is harmful." - Mao Tse-Tung

"You can learn investing by reading books." - Bill Ackman

"Pouring out liquor is like burning books." - William Faulkner

"Like books, artists have their fates." - Norbert Lynton

"Books are the mirrors of the soul." - Virginia Woolf

"Unpacking books is a revelatory activity." - Alberto Manguel

"Books have been my classroom and my confidant. Books have widened my horizons. Books have comforted me in my hardest times. Books have changed my life." - Po Bronson

"Books are challenging and inspirational to me." - Amy Sedaris

"Americans like fat books and thin women." - Russell Baker

"So many books, so little time." - Frank Zappa

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent." - Henry David Thoreau

"Books are ... companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of mind. Books are humanity in print." - Barbara Tuchman

"Books didn't make me wallow in darkness, darkness made me wallow in books." - Jackson Pearce

"Making books is hard work. Some books are, of course, more demanding than others." - David Macaulay

"Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads." - Ray Bradbury

"Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization." - Walter Lippmann

"It is, I believe, no exaggeration to say that all the historical information which has been collected from all the books written in the Sanskrit language is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"As president of the American Historical Association, I started a programme to make dissertations into e-books in 1999. Before I knew it, I was involved in other electronic projects. Harvard invited me to become director of the libraries in 2007." - Robert Darnton

"Whole great chunks of written history are of little value to the psychohistorian, while other vast areas which have been much neglected by historians childhood history, content analysis of historical imagery, and so on suddenly expand from the periphery to the center of the psychohistorian's conceptual world, simply because his or her own new questions require material nowhere to be found in history books." - Lloyd deMause

"There are certain historical figures of such importance that we need to know everything about them, which is why books about Napoleon, Lincoln, Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, and the great religious founders continue to proliferate; these lives require constant reevaluation and interpretation." - Robert Gottlieb

"I wasn't an academic looking in books for ideas. But I educated myself about historical work that was similar to mine, to provide a frame of reference that wasn't the usual frame of reference of the New York art world and Europe." - Michael Heizer

"I don't think one can accurately measure the historical effectiveness of a poem; but one does know, of course, that books influence individuals; and individuals, although they are part of large economic and social processes, influence history. Every mass is after all made up of millions of individuals." - Denise Levertov

"Oddly enough, my favorite genre is not fiction. I'm attracted by primary sources that are relevant to historical questions of interest to me, by famous old books on philosophy or theology that I want to see with my own eyes, by essays on contemporary science, by the literatures of antiquity." - Marilynne Robinson

"I once did an event with Ian Rankin where he said he didn't really need to do much background research because his books are set in the present, and I just thought: 'You lucky, lucky beast!' because as a historical novelist, I live constantly on the edge of wondering whether tissues had been invented." - Sara Sheridan

"Respect can be as elusive as the unicorn. I know something of this because I write books that are set in the Middle Ages, and the historical novel is often seen as the unwanted stepchild in the fictional family. I know even more about respect - or the lack thereof - because I live in New Jersey." - Sharon Kay Penman

"After I had written seventeen full-length mysteries, two volumes of mini-mysteries, a travel guide and some quiz books, not to mention a spin-off Roman Mystery Scrolls series, I thought it was time I moved to new historical pastures." - Caroline Lawrence

"My drug of choice is historical research." - E. Lee Spence

"Historical capitalism is a materialist civilization." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"Boredom and fatigue are great historical forces." - Jacques Barzun

"Historical tends to be my bailiwick." - Megan Chance

"Historical awareness is a kind of resurrection." - William Least Heat-Moon

"I love historical romance, absolutely love it." - Julie Garwood

"I will be a historical painter." - William Allan

"I invented the historical spy novel." - Alan Furst

"I've always been drawn to historical fiction." - Karin Slaughter

"Plato wove historical fact into literary myth." - Michael Shermer

"I hated historical novels with fluttering cloaks." - Jeanette Winterson

"No historical analogies are exactly precise." - Rick Perlstein

"[...] He didn't want his wife to read historical romances because it might give her unrealistic expectations. [...] If I had been him, I would have been reading your books every time you laid them down to see how I could improve my skills and please you. Second warning of the night. I bought a couple." You bought a couple of what?" Historical romances. I'm three-quarters through the first one." He flashed her a slow grin. "All I can say is, I like the way your mind works." ~Jake Coulter and Molly Wells" - Catherine Anderson

"Not that she objected to solitude. Quite the contrary. She had books, thank Heaven, quantities of books. All sorts of books." - Jean Rhys

"Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren't real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books." - Ursula K Le Guin

"I've read a lot of bad books. I used to review books for a living, and when you're a reviewer you read tons of terrible books." - John Green

"Open books, not legs. Blow minds, not guys" - Drake

"I'm a dyslexic person, so I avoid books." - Eddie Izzard

"All books are doors; and some of them are wardrobes." - Susanna Clarke

"To start with, look at all the books." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"I only want power so I can get books." - Eliezer Yudkowsky

"The point of books is to combat loneliness." - David Foster Wallace

"My mistake was in ever opening the books." - Jack London

"books are like confort food without the calories" - Elizabeth Berg

"We were raised to believe in books, music, and nature." - Anne Lamott

"Books were a lot less messy than orgasms." - Richelle Mead

"Certain books come to meet me, as do people." - Elizabeth Bowen

"Books make great gifts because they can unveil hidden secrets." - Dan Brown

"Xander, don't speak Latin in front of the books." - Joss Whedon

"When I didn't have friends, I had books." - Oprah Winfrey

"Books are keys that open many doors - James Rollins" - James Rollins

"That was a kiss for the record books." - Jana Oliver

"I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else." - Neil Gaiman

"Only in books do we learn what's really going on." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Some books are only cursorily to be tasted of." - Thomas Fuller

"What a blessing it is to love books." - Elizabeth von Arnim

"Books are more real when you read them outside." - Maggie Stiefvater

"Time is a river, and books are boats." - Dan Brown

"Writing poetry and reading books causes brain damage." - Pat Conroy

"Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Books are the windows through which the soul looks out." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Books are well written, or badly written. That is all." - Oscar Wilde

"Kids books Grownup books That's just marketing. Books are books," - Maurice Sendak

"Having books published is very destructive to writing." - Ernest Hemingway

"May books and nature be their early joy!" - William Wordsworth



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