Top 50 One Book Quotes

Words matter. These are the best One Book Quotes from famous people such as Alan Dean Foster, Patrick J. Adams, Kate DiCamillo, Alexander McCall Smith, Gus Kenworthy, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement, every character is based directly on someone I have known.
Alan Dean Foster
I always travel with one book. I’ll read it and then leave it for someone else, and take another book.
Patrick J. Adams
I’m not going to make judgments about what people are reading. I just want them to be reading. And I think reading one book leads to another book.
Kate DiCamillo
You’re always told by your publisher that you must only write one book a year and some years you should perhaps write none at all.
Alexander McCall Smith
I always have at least one book with me. I try and read a book a month.
Gus Kenworthy
And then I wrote my first autobiography when I – well, it was 23 years ago. And since then I’ve written about one book every two years.
Joan Collins
I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It’s so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another.
Nancy Mitford
My goal is to write one book of fiction, and that’s all I want to do. It takes so much time, and I don’t really have enough time. But I admire writers so much.
Jose James
Everyone thinks they’re going to write one book of poems or one novel.
Marilyn Hacker
I’ve been able to write at least one book a year for 20 years, and I don’t think I would’ve had that kind of drive if I hadn’t come out of the journalism business.
Michael Connelly
I finish, like, one book in a day. That’s my problem. That’s why Kindle is good for me, because I put, like, 15 books in it.
Barbara Palvin
Of all my childhood books, ‘The Giving Tree and Hope for the Flowers’ really did change my early world, but after reading ‘Momo’ in my 30s, I thought, Ahhhhhh, this is the one book I wish I had read as a kid! Then reread at every subsequent chapter of my life.
Devendra Banhart
With the ‘Hazelwood High’ trilogy, I wasn’t sure I was writing a trilogy. I would just write one book, then another, and then another, because the young adults who wrote me told me that they wanted to read more.
Sharon Draper
I’ve never read one book about my father.
Ziggy Marley
Well I’m not a novelist. I’ve only written one book and that is a memoir.
Carly Fiorina
I don’t remember titles of books or authors from when I was young. I remember the title of only one book, which was ‘The Timber Toes.’ I remember it was a family of little wooden people who lived in the woods, and for some reason that stayed with me.
Sharon Creech
I’m a commercial writer, not an author. Margaret Mitchell was an author. She wrote one book.
Mickey Spillane
I never read one book at a time.
Anthony Scaramucci
If you’re lucky enough to have 70 years of literate adulthood, and if you read one book every week, you’re still only going to get to 3,640 books.
Anthony Doerr
I thought I’d write one book and the world would change overnight.
James Levine
I’m an avid reader so I can go on and on about my recommendation for books but the one book that I would strongly recommend is ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’ by Dr Brian Weiss. This book has really helped me change my perspective towards a lot of things and also get a better understanding of life.
Zareen Khan
All the books I have written have been one book, from the beginning.
Marguerite Young
Fundamentalism – of any variety – is a form of illiteracy, in that it asserts that it is necessary to read only one book.
Mal Peet
I didn’t expect to be doing a whole bunch of Amber Browns. And because it was just one book, and the father had moved away, I didn’t realize I was going to have to deal more with shared custody, divorce and all those issues.
Paula Danziger
Since 1988, I have been writing steadily. I did decide a couple of years or so ago to scale back to writing one book a year – a sort of semi-retirement. But I never did have much success with that plan!
Mary Balogh
I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don’t know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying – please let me live until I am finished.
Haruki Murakami
Even before he had one book published, Jack was one of those people you could feel was very special.
David Amram
When I’m working on one book, part of my imagination is thinking ahead to the next one.
Alastair Reynolds
I am undependable. You might get gritty contemporary with one book, science fiction, magical realism, or high fantasy with another.
Mary E. Pearson
Sad to say, multi-tasking is beyond me. I read one book at a time all the way through. If I’m reviewing the book, I have to write the review before I start reading any other book. I especially hate it when the phone rings and interrupts my train of thought.
Michael Dirda
I buy a lot of books I never read. But that’s not really a waste, since all it takes is one idea from even one book to radically reshape the way a person leads, thinks and lives.
Robin S. Sharma
A recommendation to scholars: Write only one book about

A recommendation to scholars: Write only one book about Lincoln; give it your best shot, and then move on.
Fred Kaplan
When people ask for book recommendations, I say this: Do some math. If you read one book every week for the rest of your life, and if you’re lucky enough to live for 50 more years, you’re only going to get to 2,600 books.
Anthony Doerr
One book at a time… though I’m usually doing the research for others while I’m writing, but that sort of research is fairly desultory and I like to stick to the book being written – and writing a book concentrates the mind so the research is more productive.
Bernard Cornwell
I have a bad habit of reading more than one book simultaneously!
Celeste Ng
Beware of the person of one book.
Thomas Aquinas
I didn’t say I have to be a writer, but I did say that I needed to publish at least one book.
Tomi Adeyemi
You have to remember that Shadow and Bone’ was the first book I sold. And it was, in fact, the first book I ever finished writing, despite many attempts before that to finish a novel. And when I was writing it, I didn’t know if anybody was going to buy one book, let alone all three.
Leigh Bardugo
People think, ‘Oh, well how can ‘The Hobbit,’ which is one book, become three films?’ But you can take one line from an appendice and it turns into a whole sequence.
Andy Serkis
I am a big believer in the fact that all authors really write only one book.
Scott Turow
I never thought I’d write one book, let alone three. I’m absolutely delighted and every night, thank the good lord for spell check.
Peter Kay
I have this book club, and we don’t read one book; we offer up a few suggestions and create a library over time.
Claire Danes
I was very fortunate that my first novel captivated the imaginations of so many readers who asked for a sequel. After that, one book led to another as I discovered other facets to my characters I wanted to investigate further.
Jennifer Chiaverini
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
Samuel Johnson
If I had to name one book that has had the most lasting influence on my work, I would pick ‘The Big Sea’ by Langston Hughes.
Pearl Cleage
Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer.
Len Deighton
‘The Long Goodbye’ is one book I like to read over and over again, and it was an enormous inspiration for ‘All The Wrong Questions’.
Daniel Handler
I just noticed recently that in one book after another I seem to find an excuse to find some character who, to put it idiotically simply, is allowed to talk crazy.
Jonathan Lethem
I hate the idea of sequels. I think you should be able to do it in one book.
Jane Gardam
Perhaps if I knew I would be stranded on an island with but one book, I would choose the Bible. For no religious reason whatsoever, but because of the varieties of stories, which might be useful as the days pass.
Edward P. Jones