a book holds a house of gold
/ɐ bˈʊk hˈoʊldz ɐ hˈaʊs ʌv ɡˈoʊld/
used to emphasize the great worth of books, indicating that they contain a vast amount of valuable knowledge and insights that can significantly improve a person's life
a book is like a garden carried in the pocket
/ɐ bˈʊk ɪz lˈaɪk ɐ ɡˈɑːɹdən kˈæɹɪd ɪnðə pˈɑːkɪt/
used to suggest that books can transport readers to new places, introduce them to new ideas and perspectives, and provide a sense of wonder and delight
a book, tight shut, is but a block of papers
/ɐ bˈʊk tˈaɪt ʃˈʌt ɪz bˌʌt ɐ blˈɑːk ʌv pˈeɪpɚz/
used to suggest that the true value of a book lies in the knowledge and ideas it contains, and that a book that is not read is essentially useless, no matter how impressive it may appear
a donkey that carries a lot of books is not necessarily learned
/ɐ dˈɑːŋki ðæt kˈæɹɪz ɐ lˈɑːt ʌv bˈʊks ɪz nˌɑːt nˌɛsɪsˈɛɹəli lˈɜːnd/
used to suggest that just because someone possesses or carries a large number of books does not automatically make them knowledgeable or educated
a great book is a great evil
/ɐ ɡɹˈeɪt bˈʊk ɪz ɐ ɡɹˈeɪt ˈiːvəl/
used to imply that a great book, although valuable in terms of knowledge, can also have negative consequences when its ideas are misused or promote harmful ideologies
a man is happy when he has books, but happier still when he does not need them
/ɐ mˈæn ɪz hˈæpi wɛn hiː hɐz bˈʊks bˌʌt hˈæpɪɚ stˈɪl wɛn hiː dʌznˌɑːt nˈiːd ðˌɛm/
used to imply that true happiness does not comes from owning books, but from internalizing and applying the lessons learned from books, allowing one to live without depending on them
after three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless
/ˈæftɚ θɹˈiː dˈeɪz wɪðˌaʊt ɹˈiːdɪŋ tˈɔːk bɪkˌʌmz flˈeɪvɚləs/
used to suggest that a lack of reading leads to a decrease in one's ability to engage in interesting and meaningful conversations
beware / be wary of a man of one book
/bɪwˈɛɹ biː wˈɛɹi əvə mˈæn ʌv wˈʌn bˈʊk/
used to suggests that one should be cautious of people who base their entire worldview or beliefs on a single source of information, as they may be closed-minded and resistant to new ideas or information
choose an author as you choose a friend
/tʃˈuːz ɐn ˈɔːθɚɹ æz juː tʃˈuːz ɐ fɹˈɛnd/
used to advise being selective in reading choices as books and authors, like friends, can have a significant impact on one's life and personal growth
every book must be chewed to get out its juice
/ˈɛvɹi bˈʊk mˈʌst biː tʃjˈuːd tə ɡɛt ˈaʊt ɪts dʒˈuːs/
used to suggest that in order to fully understand and benefit from a book, one must read it carefully and thoughtfully, and also take the time to reflect on its content
reading books removes sorrow from the heart
/ɹˈiːdɪŋ bˈʊks ɹɪmˈuːvz sˈɔːɹoʊ fɹʌmðə hˈɑːɹt/
used to highlight the therapeutic and uplifting effect of reading on one's emotions
there’s no (greater) thief like a bad book
/ðɛɹz nˈoʊ ɡɹˈeɪɾɚ θˈiːf lˈaɪk ɐ bˈæd bˈʊk/
used to suggest that a bad book has the potential to take away a person's values, morals, and time, and could potentially harm or damage them
unread / shelved books make hollow minds
/ʌnɹˈɛd ʃˈɛlvd bˈʊks mˌeɪk hˈɑːloʊ mˈaɪndz/
used to suggest that neglecting to read and acquire knowledge can lead to a lack of substance and depth in a person's mind
when you read a book for the first time, you get to know a friend, read it for a second time and you will / shall meet an old friend
/wˌɛn juː ɹˈiːd ɐ bˈʊk fɚðə fˈɜːst tˈaɪm juː ɡɛt tə nˈoʊ ɐ fɹˈɛnd ɹˈiːd ɪt fɚɹə sˈɛkənd tˈaɪm ænd juː wɪl ʃˌæl mˈiːt ɐn ˈoʊld fɹˈɛnd/
used to suggest that re-reading a book can reveal new insights and perspectives, and deepen one's understanding of the story and characters
books and friends should be few but good
/bˈʊks ænd fɹˈɛndz ʃˌʊd biː fjˈuː bˌʌt ɡˈʊd/
used to imply that having a small number of high-quality books and trustworthy friends is more valuable than having many casual or unreliable ones
a book is a good friend when / as it lays bare the errors of the past
/ɐ bˈʊk ɪz ɐ ɡˈʊd fɹˈɛnd wɛn æz ɪt lˈeɪz bˈɛɹ ðɪ ˈɛɹɚz ʌvðə pˈæst/
used to imply that books can be valuable companions when they reveal lessons learned from the past, allowing readers to gain knowledge and avoid making the same mistakes
teachers die, but (it's) books (that) live on
/tˈiːtʃɚz dˈaɪ bˌʌt ɪts bˈʊks ðæt lˈaɪv ˈɑːn/
used to imply that the knowledge and wisdom contained in books can have a lasting impact, even after the author or teacher has passed away
if your / one's books are not read, your / one's descendants will be ignorant
/ɪf jʊɹ ɔːɹ wˈʌnz bˈʊks ɑːɹ nˌɑːt ɹˈɛd jʊɹ ɔːɹ wˈʌnz dɪsˈɛndənts wɪl biː ˈɪɡnɚɹənt/
used to highlights the importance of passing down knowledge through reading and education to prevent future generations from being deprived of valuable information
a drop of ink may make a million think
/ɐ dɹˈɑːp ʌv ˈɪŋk mˈeɪ mˌeɪk ɐ mˈɪliən θˈɪŋk/
used to imply that a single piece of writing no matter how small, has the potential to inspire or influence a large number of people to think, reflect, or take action
it is better to be without a book than to believe a book entirely
/ɪt ɪz bˈɛɾɚ təbi wɪðˌaʊt ɐ bˈʊk ðɐn tə bɪlˈiːv ɐ bˈʊk ɛntˈaɪɚli/
used to imply that it is important to approach information critically and thoughtfully, rather than accepting everything in a book without questioning its accuracy
scholars talk books, butchers talk pigs
/skˈɑːlɚz tˈɔːk bˈʊks bˈʊtʃɚz tˈɔːk pˈɪɡz/
used to imply that individuals with different backgrounds, professions, interests, or experiences will have different areas of knowledge or expertise, and so, will talk about different things
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