Quotes About Burning Books

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Quotes About Burning Books

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
— Joseph Brodsky —

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

— Joseph Brodsky

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.

— Heinrich Heine

I'm sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.

— Pansy Schneider-Horst

You know what they say: When people start burning books they'll soon burn human beings.

— Cornelia Funke

Nothing opens up the mind and the heart like books do, and so they have the power to change the whole world. That's why the are burning books, Ava. To stop us thinking, and feeling, and imagining ...

— Kate Forsyth

I've heard bombs going off in our embassies, mobs screaming for blood, mullahs issuing death decrees, so-called leaders yelling for jihad. They've been burning books, Dave-the temperature of hate in parts of the Islamic world has gone out to Pluto. And I've been listening to them." "And you don't think we have-the people in Washington?" He said it without anger. I was at one time a leading intelligence agent and I think he genuinely wanted to know. "Maybe in your heads. Not in your gut." He turned and looked out the window. It was starting to rain. He was quiet for a long time and I began to wonder if his blood pressure had taken off again. "I think you're right," he said at last. "I think, like the Jews, we believed in the fundamental goodness of men; we never thought it could really happen.

— Terry Hayes

Book burning is a charming old custom, hallowed by antiquity. It has been practiced for centuries by fascists, communists, atheists, school children, rival authors, and tired librarians. Like everything of importance since the invention of the cloak and the shroud, its origins are cloaked in mystery and shrouded in secrecy. Some scholars believe that the first instance of book burning occurred in the Middle Ages, when a monk was trying to illuminate a manuscript. All agree that book burning was almost non-existent during the period when books were made of stone.

— Richard Armour

You, O Books, are the golden vessels of the temple, the arms of the clerical militia with which the missiles of the most wicked are destroyed; fruitful olives, vines of Engaddi, fig-trees knowing no sterility; burning lamps to be ever held in the hand.

— Richard De Bury

The Christian feels that the tooth of time gnaws all books but the Bible ... 19 centuries of experience have tested it. It has passed through critical fires no other volume has suffered and its spiritual truth has endured the flames and come out without so much as the smell of burning.

— W. Sangster

If you had a front row seat at the Renaissance, you would have seen Machiavelli come by plotting, and you would have seen murders in the streets, you would have seen violence, you have seen people burning books and it would have looked like the world was a horrible place, but that's where all these incredible stuff we're still living with comes out of.

— Juan Enriquez

Books woke me up. Books are my favorite man-made objects. I fetishize their design, smell, feel. And that they can contain such burning, complex communications is a miracle to me.

— Ken Baumann

I'm as against restricting access to drugs as I am to burning books. It offends me in the same way.

— Terence McKenna

Those who begin by burning books will end by burning people.

— Heinrich Heine

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