J.K. Rowling said this, "A very famous writer once said, 'A book is like a mirror. If a fool looks in, you can't expect a genius to look out,'" on NBC's 'Today Show' on Oct 20, 2000. Who is the famous writer she was referring to?
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Last updated May 23 2021.
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kevinatilusa 21 year member
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Searching Google for the term "A book is like a mirror" yielded quotes similar to the one you have from both Martin Luther and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (as both would be writing in German, Rowling's quote would have been translated in either case and wouldn't match word for word).
I'm not sure how to decide between the two, but the source I would consider to be most authoritative (The Columbia World of Quotations) gives Lichtenberg as the speaker of "A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out"