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If there is, what idiom is used to refer to a book, which is famous and/or has interesting ideas, so that it's often quoted in speech, books etc.

Maybe something like "divided into quotations" ?

I'm not sure if there's an equiualent in English, but the following is an example of how it's used in Russian:

«Маленький принц» переведён на 100 языков мира. Притча разошлась на цитаты, самая известная из которых: "Ты в ответе за тех, кого приручил".

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Either there's no equivalent in English to the Russian phrase or I completely fail at English to be able to explain what I'm looking for. –  Yasir Arsanukaev Dec 27 '10 at 2:15
    
What Russian phrase, exactly, do you have in mind? –  RegDwigнt Dec 27 '10 at 15:40
    
@RegDwight: I've updated a question. –  Yasir Arsanukaev Dec 27 '10 at 15:51
    
Thank you. I am not aware of a similar, let alone identical, construction in English. –  RegDwigнt Dec 28 '10 at 12:35
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I don't see a reason to close. CW would be justified if there were dozens of hard-to-pick-from options. As it stands, the question has a rather clear answer: there's no perfectly equivalent idiom in English, but there are certainly a couple expressions on which you can build to bring the same idea across. "The Little Prince is chock-full of memorable quotes", "The book gave birth to many winged words", or something to that extent is surely possible. Robusto's "oft-quoted" is not too far-fetched, either. –  RegDwigнt Dec 28 '10 at 13:16
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You could call it oft-quoted or classic. Often such a book will be called the "Bible" of a particular field of study.

Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations is considered by many to be the Bible of economics.

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Close, but.. no :-[ –  Yasir Arsanukaev Dec 27 '10 at 3:07
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Maybe "Take a leaf out of someone's book" ?

If you take a leaf out of someone's book, you copy something they do because it will help you.

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Nope :-( That wouldn't say anything in regard to its practicality. It's used for talking about popular books, e. g. F. Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. –  Yasir Arsanukaev Dec 26 '10 at 17:57
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This expression is usually used figuratively, not referring to a literal book. If I say that Christopher Hitchens took a leaf out of Richard Dawkins' book, I would mean that he was imitating some aspect of Dawkins' behaviour, not that he was quoting The Selfish Gene. –  PLL Dec 26 '10 at 21:59
    
@PLL: Can I say "People take a leaf out of some book" ? –  Yasir Arsanukaev Dec 27 '10 at 16:20
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