„You're not allowed to say anything about books because they're books, and books are, you know, God.“

Source: A Long Way Down

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—  Sam Harris American author, philosopher and neuroscientist 1967

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„Saying the Bible is not a book about science is like saying a cookbook is not a book about chemistry.“

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„Well, I've worried some about, you know, why write books“

—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007

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„You can’t study human nature in books. Books is a hindrance more than anything else. p. 25“

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—  William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984

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