Quotes about Having One’s Nose in a Book

I just love books, don’t you?… My sister always says to me… ‘you always have your nose stuck in a book.’ And that’s the truth… I always have got my nose stuck in a book. I’m always reading… I just love books! I’d like to buy every book in the shop. ~Frances Klenett, “I Just Love Books,” in Antiquarian Bookman, 1952

She had been christened quite differently, but everybody called her Scholastica, because she always had her little nose in a book… ~Louis de Wohl, Citadel of God, 1959

He read and read and read, and when he didn’t have his nose stuck in a book, he wrote and wrote and wrote. ~Paul Magrs (b.1969), “The Godfather,” 2000

It is better to have your nose in a book than in someone else’s business. ~Adam Stanley, unverified

You turn your back on Sylvia and she’s got her nose in a book… ~Arthur Miller, Broken Glass, 1994

I? Never in the world — lying here with my nose in a book and never seeing anything. ~Henry James, “The Patagonia,” in The English Illustrated Magazine, August 1888  [And a lovely example of the shortest sentence possible. –tg]

It was during this time that Ann began to adore reading and all books that could stir any emotion in her. She spent hours with her nose in a book, with only the trees as companions. ~Jane Elizabeth, For the Jane Bennets, 2012

I have my nose stuck in a book just about as often as I breathe. ~Terri Guillemets, “Raiding bookshelves,” 2003

Characteristically, the budding litterateur has had his nose in a book. ~Pierre de la Ruffinière du Prey, The Villas of Pliny from Antiquity to Posterity, 1994

She was more likely to want to work hard and study to achieve her goals and was often found with her nose in a book, either learning or going on excursions of the imagination. ~Ashlee North, “Christina Elizabeth,” Unborn Essence, 2014

Jón Kolbeinsson was a peculiar man, cared little about work and was constantly with his nose in a book, at all times, opportune or not. ~Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, Wasteland with Words: A Social History of Iceland, 2010

My father Thomas Quiller Couch used to drive about the country in a queer-shaped carriage filled with books, and read all the way. Very often you’d meet the carriage first, filled with halt, maimed, and blind, who had crowded him out: and the old man following on foot, zig-zagging along the road, with his nose in a book; a very sweet-natured man, with a fine ear for English. ~Arthur T. Quiller Couch, 1891  [His pseudonym was Q. —tg]

Beside him, Meredith sat with her nose in a book. It was thick and oversized, like a glossy coffee table collectible. Knowing her twin sister, though, Marley figured the volume was more likely one of those dreary old historical texts. ~Lisa Plumley, Perfect Together, 2012

They… were kept nose-in-books… ~Richard D. Lewis, The Road from Wigan Pier: Memoirs of a Linguist, “University Days,” 1998

Nose in a Book Quotations
Original post date: 2016 Apr 29
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