Sunday, 26 December 2010

Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "The Shadow of the Wind"


Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "The Shadow of the Wind" (Spanish: La Sombra del Viento) - 2001

This novel certainly deserves to be on my list of favourite books ever. I don't know why I actually love it so much but I do. Usually, I try not to read a famous bestseller immediately as everyone raves about it and then I am disappointed. But something attracted me to this book, I just had to read it. And then I had to finish it as soon as possible. Hardly got any sleep in those days ...

This is one of the best books I ever found. It is intriguing, exciting, has all the parts a good book should have, an interesting story, a historical background, a description of a great city. And, most important, it's a book about a book, how someone can get involved in something after reading a story. A wonderful book by a very promising author.

We discussed this in our book club in October 2006.

Find more books by this great author here.

From the back cover: "Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax.
But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead."

Griffin, John Howard "Black like me"


Griffin, John Howard "Black like me" - 1961

Another book that was brought to me through our international book club. The author takes some medication that alters his skin colour and disguises as a black guy in the late 50s in the Deep South of the United States. He lives as a "Negro" for several weeks, has lots of problems and gets into some dangerous situations, not just during that time but also when he returns as a white man and publishes his experiences.

A fascinating story, not just for US Americans. The courage it takes to do this and keep on going, amazing. There were so many problems that came up. Although - the most interesting fact about this book is that it isn't a history about a place far far away. Prejudices against people who are different are still present and even though people have different opportunities today, injustice exists everywhere whether you are an immigrant in another country with a different skin colour, have a different opinion, a different history, we can always think about reasons not to like someone.

We discussed this in our book club in December 2009.

Albom, Mitch "The five people you meet in heaven"


Albom, Mitch "The five people you meet in heaven" - 2003

Mitch Albom starts this novel with the main character, Eddie trying to save a young girl's life on his 83rd birthday. Unfortunately, he dies trying this. We then read about his afterlife and what happens to him in heaven. He meets five people who changed his life or whose life he changed, sometimes unaware.

I thought this was a very inspiring book. I loved the idea the author gave about heaven and the way your life is explained to you. Our book club found that the author did a great job describing the ideas of life after death. Depending on our religion, we interpreted it in different ways which shows how sensitive this subject is. Most members club really liked it.

This book leaves you with a very nice feeling and gives you a lot to think about.
If you enjoyed this, you should also read "Tuesdays with Morrie".

We discussed this in our book club in December 2008.

Lanchester, John "The Debt to Pleasure"


Lanchester, John "The Debt to Pleasure" - 1996

Another book club read. It was totally strange and weird. I had a hard time getting into it or follow the plot. We had chosen this book because one of our members said her friend thought this was the best book she had ever read. After we had chosen it, one of our members heard who the friend was who had suggested the book. She said she had a very weird taste.

Well, at the end I thought if I'd know the end before I read it, I might have enjoyed it better. I certainly would have understood it better. When I knew the end, I thought the author had done a good job, I actually might read it again with this knowledge.

From the back cover: "Tarquin Winot, voluptuary and supercivilized ironist (and snob), sets out on a journey of the senses from the Hotel Splendide, Portsmouth, to his cottage in Provence, his spiritual home. With his head newly shaved and his well-thumbed copy of the Mossad Manual of Surveillance Techniques safely stowed, Tarquin elegantly introduces his life, itself a work of art, through the medium of seasonal menus. 'Coruscatingly, horribly funny . . . a cunning commentary on art, appetite, jealousy and failure. Tarquin is a splendid creation, genuinely learned (the scholarship is dazzling), poisonously bigoted and wholly mad' John Banville, Observer, 'A fully achieved work of art . . .a triumph. You have to salute the real thing. The Debt to Pleasure is a major work, a supreme literary construct that's also deliriously entertaining. Even the recipes are gorgeously seductive; several pages of my copy are flecked with stains of ragu and ratatouille to mark the moments when I could stand temptation no more' John Walsh, Independent. 'Reading between the lines to discover what Tarquin is up to is enormous, sinister fun . . .dazzling, languidly brilliant, his verbal flourishes are irresistible' James Walton, Daily Telegraph. 'The chilling, deluded Tarquin is the best character to come out of an English novel since Charles Dickens put pen to paper' Cressida Connolly, Tatler"

We discussed this in our book club in October 2002.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Mason, Daniel "The Piano Tuner"


Mason, Daniel "The Piano Tuner" - 2002

Another book club read. Quite an interesting story, written by a young American author about colonialism, history, music, plants. If you like stories about this part of the world or set in a historical environment, you will enjoy this book.

In the late 19th century, a young piano tuner is sent to Burma to repair a rare piano. He leaves his wife in London and starts his travel through Europe, the Red Sea and India. He meets a lot of interesting people along the road until he arrives in the mysterious jungles of Burma.

I liked the description of the people, the scenery, the country, the culture, the politics, even the little stories inserted. I also liked the story itself, I just wasn't happy with the end because it left too many loose ends for my liking.

We had a great discussion because one of the members didn't like the book at all whereas the rest of us was quite pleased with it.

We liked it because
… it is about an area that little is written about and we thought his descriptive passages were very lucid and evoking, the language just sweeps you along
… there is a lot of symbolism and talk about the belief of the Burmese people.
… of the description of the people, the scenery, the country, the culture, the politics, even little stories within the novel.
… the author introduced so many other subjects, all the details about tuning and music, we kept being surprised that it was written by a man, loved the personality of the main character, he was sensitive and gentle.
… there were really good descriptions of Burma and the passage, cultural differences and colonialism.
… the three different parts of the book portray three different parts of his life, ordinary life, looking forward to something new, changing his perspective in the end.

I still enjoyed reading this book because I became interested in this part of the world and its history after reading “The Glass Palace” by Amitav Ghosh.

There are talks about this being made into a movie. Should be interesting.

From the back cover: "In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches its protagonist into a world of seductive loveliness and nightmarish intrigue. And as he follows Drake’s journey, Mason dazzles readers with his erudition, moves them with his vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in the unbreakable spell of his storytelling."

We discussed this in our book club in December 2006.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor "The Adolescent"


Dostoevsky, Fyodor "The Adolescent" (or: The Raw Youth - Russian: Подросток = Podrostok) - 1875

I love classics. Besides English classic authors like Jane Austen and George Eliot I probably like the Russians best. After reading (and loving) Anna Karenina, this book was recommended to our book club by one of our members who knows a lot about Russian literature. And I was not disappointed. The description of the simple life in Russia about 150 years ago is very interesting. Also, you can imagine how the revolution started and why some things in history happened the way it did.

The story portrays the life of 19 year old Arkady Dolgoryky, the conflicts he has with his father, a landowner, the difference between the "old" ways and the views of the young Russians of the time. As a lot of young people, Arkady rebels against what society expects of him.

Even though this book is more than a century old, it still holds a lot of truth. Some things always have been a certain way and will never change, even though the environment and the circumstances kids grow up in change.

I really liked this book, it gave me a lot to think about. If you like Russian classics, read it.

We discussed this in our book club in December 2005.

From the back cover: "The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a naïve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father’s wrongdoing and the desire to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the father he barely knows, inspired by an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious document that he believes gives him power over others. This new English version by the most acclaimed of Dostoevsky’s translators is a masterpiece of pathos and high comedy."

I also since read "The Gambler" and "Crime and Punishment".

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Hislop, Victoria "The Island"


Hislop, Victoria "The Island" - 2005

An interesting book about a wonderful part of this world with a harrowing past. When I visited Crete, we also took a boat to the unoccupied island of Spinalonga. We were able to walk across it while listening to the story of this beautiful little piece of land. The most exciting part: it was used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. People who were banned there wouldn't return into normal life until a cure was found.

This book reflects on the lives of the people on this island, how they got there, how their everyday life was, how life was for those left behind, how the people in the little village just opposite the island was. The author managed to illustrate all this through a family who was involved in the whole history. There are some strong characters in this devastating family saga.

Book Description: "The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation's leper colony once was located—a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There's Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there's Alexis, Eleni's great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family's past.

A richly enchanting novel of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Mediterranean during World War II, The Island is an enthralling story of dreams and desires, of secrets desperately hidden, and of leprosy's touch on an unforgettable family
."

I also read "The Return", "The Thread" and "The Last Dance and Other Stories" in the meantime and they were just as great.

Find the other Victoria Hislop books I read here

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Jessop, Carolyn "Escape"

Jessop, Carolyn "Escape" - 2007

Imagine being forced into a marriage at the age of 18 to a man 32 years older than you. Imagine further that you are wife no. 4 with more following. That you have eight children in fifteen years which you share with the other wives. That you have to obey your husband. That he abuses you and your children. What would you do?

Carolyn Jessop is the woman who experienced exactly this. She did they only thing possible, she escaped. This is the story of her life, an account of a woman in a completely destitute position who fought for her life and that of her children.

Even though this is a book about one terrible thing after another, it is also a book of hope, that there is something you can do in a hopeless situation, where everyone tells you it's impossible to get away from but it shows there is hope. I have nothing but admiration for this woman.

From the back cover: "In the closed world of the fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. Carolyn Jessop was forced to obey HER Controlling husband's every Demand She had no money. No power and existed AS one of six wives battling for her husband's attention. For seventeen years Carolyn suffered for the sake of her children. She tried to protect them as the cult's new leader. Warren Jeffs. started marrying girls off younger and younger. But when Carolyn discovered that her twelve-year-old daughter had spent three days at Jeffs' home. she knew she had to do everything in her power to take her children and flee.At 35 Carolyn escaped. This is her harrowing - and ultimately triumphant - story."

Another book about the FLDS (which I didn't really like very much):
Krakauer, Jon "Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith"

Sunday, 12 December 2010

de Loo, Tessa "The Twins"

de Loo, Tessa "The Twins" (Dutch: De Tweeling) - 1993

Tessa de Loo is a highly acclaimed writer in the Netherlands (though she lives in Switzerland). This book is remarkable.

Twin sisters are separated after the death of their parents, one goes to a farmer in Germany, the other one is taken in by Dutch relatives. Now they have to lead their separate lives as their countries enter into war from two opposing sides.

The author doesn't just write about something she didn't experience herself (she was born in 1947), she also tries to understand both sides, she doesn't just see the Dutch as the victims but also understands the problems the Germans had. A very touching story, as the twins get separated in childhood and just by chance end up in the two different countries. That way, de Loo suggests that most people did not really have a chance as to which way they turned during the war.

Has anybody read this book? It's exciting, it's informative, it's great.

We discussed this in our book club in December 2004.

From the back cover: "Twins who were orphaned at six and sent to live with different relatives on opposite sides of WW II are reunited by chance seventy years later at a Belgian health resort. This international bestseller, a powerful novel, is both a European allegory and a poignant story of family ties."

Vreeland, Susan "Girl in Hyacinth Blue"

Vreeland, Susan "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" - 1999

I'm not much of a fan of short stories. But in this case they don't seem like short stories because all these people are linked by the painting. I read it because we had chosen "Girl with a Pearl Earring" for our book club (being set in the Netherlands) and somebody suggested this would be a good addition. So, some of us read both the books. I'm glad I did. I guess, if you liked "Girl with a Pearl Earring", you will like this one, as well.

Again, the main subject of the novel is a painting, however, in this case the life of the fictitious painting by Vermeer is described, starting with the last owner. A lot of interesting stories, every important timeframe is included and the change of owner is almost every time highly dramatic.

The painting has a different effect on every owner and through this we can understand a painting better.

I loved this book, it shows history in its best form, through the people who lived it.

We discussed this in our book club in December 2001.

From the back cover: "A professor invites a colleague from the art department to his home to view a painting he has kept secret for decades in Susan Vreeland's powerful historical novel, Girl in Hyacinth Blue. The professor swears it's a Vermeer -- but why exactly has he kept it hidden so long? The reasons unfold in a gripping sequence of stories that trace ownership of the work back to Amsterdam during World War II and still further to the moment of the painting's inception."

Chevalier, Tracy "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

Chevalier, Tracy "Girl with a Pearl Earring" - 1999

One of our first book club reads in the Netherlands. We chose this because of the "Dutch background", i.e. a painting of the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. The main character is 16 year old Griet from Delft, a maid in the house of the famous painter. She doesn't just become a good help, she also is the model for his famous picture "Girl with a Pearl Earring". Even though this is fiction and it is generally assumed that the girl in this painting is one of Vermeer's own daughters, the story still is very interesting. The author describes the way a painting is done, the politics behind it, the life in the 1600s both in poor and rich houses.

As expatriates in the Netherlands, this novel also brought us closer to one of this country's great geniuses. You can tell the author loves art and history. This is also one of the few books turned into a film where I didn't entirely dislike the movie, even though alterations were made.

I also read Tracy Chevalier's "The Virgin Blue" and absolutely loved it. "Falling Angels" was also wonderful.

We discussed this in our book club in November 2001. We also discussed "Remarkable Creatures" by the same author in October 2010.

From the back cover: "A brilliant historical novel on the corruption of innocence, using the famous painting by Vermeer as an inspiration.
Griet, the young daughter of a tilemaker in seventeeth century Holland, obtains her first job, as a servant in Vermeer’s household. Tracy Chevalier shows us through Griet’s eyes, the complicated family, the society of the small town of Delft, and life with an obsessive genius. Griet loves being drawn into his artistic life, and leaving her former drudgery, but the cost to her own survival may be high.
"

Find here the other books I read by this author.

Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society"

Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie "The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society" - 2008

One of our latest book club reads.

When I first started this, I thought it was a very superficial book but it grew on me quite quickly. A novel about the history of the island of Guernsey during World War II, how the war affects people, often in a bad way and sometimes in a good one, about friendship and people standing up for each other, a book about people getting together to share their love for literature and their need for communication, and food, about how people can get creative when in need, a story that shows how people were getting along in pre-internet and pre-mobile phone times, even in pre-phone times. People actually sat down and wrote letters, we saw how beautiful letter writing is and how it teaches us patience.

I really like this book, it’s a quick and easy read with a good message, lively characters, interesting accounts, humoristic, emotional, very descriptive.

We discussed this in our book club in October 2010.

From the back cover: "'I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.' January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends - and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island - boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways."

Book Quotes

I always come across these fabulous quotes about books, reading, libraries, well, anything that has to do with reading is great. I thought I’d share them and if you have some, please, let us know about it and I’ll add them to the list. Thank you. If no source is given, the author is unknown. If you do know him/her, please, let me know.
  • "In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold." Ben Aaronovitch
  • "I read my eyes out and can't read half enough... The more one reads the more one sees we have to read." John Adams 
  • "Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write." John Adams
  • "Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors." Joseph Addison
  • "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." Joseph Addison
  • "In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many gent get through to you." Mortimer Adler
  • "It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything." Lord Henry P. Brougham "Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life." Mortimer J. Adler
  • "To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list." John Aikin
  • "I don't read to pass the time, I read to open up my mind." Steven Aitchison
  • "I do not read for I have renounced my life, I read because one life is just not enough for me." Abbas Al-Akkad
  • "By nature, a storyteller is a plagiarist. Everything one comes across - each incident, book, novel, life episode, story, person, news clip - is a coffee bean that will be crushed, ground up, mixed with a touch of cardamom, sometimes a tiny pinch of salt, boiled thrice with sugar, and served as a piping-hot tale." Rabih Alameddine
  • "One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well." Amos Bronson Alcott
  • "That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with delight and profit." Amos Bronson Alcott
  • "Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable." Louisa May Alcott 
  • "Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again." Louisa May Alcott
  • "Keep reading. It's one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have." Lloyd Alexander
  • "What kind of life can you have in a house without books?" Sherman Alexie
  • "I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something." Isabel Allende
  • "Time Machines have existed for Centuries" Michael Andereck
  • "Literature is the safe and traditional vehicle through which we learn about the world and pass on values from one generation to the next. Books save lives." Laurie Anderson
  • "Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." Maya Angelou
  • "I always felt if I can get to a library, I’ll be okay." Maya Angelou
  • "Reading is the ultimate adventure, books are the ultimate destination." Marc Douglas Ankerud
  • "Literacy Is A Bridge From Misery To Hope and opportunity. Literacy changes the trajectory of a family's story." Kofi Annan
  • "Hominem unius libri timeo / Beware the man of one book." St. Thomas Aquinas
  • "What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial & unfailing returns as books & a garden." Elizabeth von Arnim
  • "It isn't just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you - and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life." Isaac Asimov
  • "I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most." Margaret Atwood 
  • "There's the story, then there's the real story, then there's the story of how the story came to be told. Then there's what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too." Margaret Atwood
  • "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." St. Augustine
  • "A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us." W. H.Auden
  • "A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself." Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
  • "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! - When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." Jane Austen
  • "If a book is well written, I always find it too short." Jane Austen
  • "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." Jane Austen
  • "Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head." Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

  • "If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats." Richard Bach
  • "To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry." Gaston Bachelard
  • "For friends ... do but look upon good Books: they are true friends, that will neither flatter nor dissemble." Francis Bacon
  • "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested." Francis Bacon
  • "Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable." Francis Bacon
  • "The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading." David Bailey
  • "Americans like fat books and thin women." Russell Baker 
  • "Why can't people just sit and read BOOKS and be nice to each other?" David Baldacci
  • "You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." James Baldwin
  • "Reading brings us unknown friends." Honoré de Balzac 
  • "Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life. The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people's lives, never your own." Julian Barnes
  • "No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books." Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "When you read a great book, you don't escape from life, you plunge deeper into it." Julian Barnes
  • "He who loveth a book will never want for a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter." Isaac Barrow
  • "Reading… a vacation for the mind…." Dave Barry
  • "That place that does contain
    My books, the best companions, is to me
    A glorious court, where hourly I converse
    With the old sages and philosophers;
    And sometimes, for variety, I confer
    With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
    Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
    Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
    Deface their ill-placed statues."
    Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
  • "When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair that confined me that culture was the highest of values." Simone de Beauvoir 
  • "Life without books is like an unsharpened pencil... it has no point." Belcastro
  • "The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself." Walter Benjamin
  • "We collect books in the belief that we are preserving them when in fact it is the books that preserve their collector." Walter Benjamin
  • "A book is a device to ignite the imagination." Alan Bennett
  • "The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours!” Alan Bennett
  • "Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life." Jesse Lee Bennett
  • "When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own." John Berger
  • "The ability to read becomes devalued when what one has learned to read adds nothing of importance to one's life." Bruno Bettelheim
  • "An ordinary man can... surround himself with two thousand books... and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy." Augustine Birrell
  • "Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one." Augustine Birrell, Obiter Dicta, "Book Buying"
  • "Books, I found had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future". Jim Bishop
  • "Reading gives one something to think about other than one’s self." Tom Bissell
  • "Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else." Bill Blass, fashion designer
  • "Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you." Harold Bloom
  • "It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read." Judy Blume
  • "Librarians save lives by handing the right book at the night time to a kid in need." Judy Blume 
  • "Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach."  Roberto Bolaño, 2666
  • "Reading is pleasure and happiness to be alive or sadness to be alive and above all it's knowledge and questions." Roberto Bolaño
  • "Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world." Napoleon Bonaparte
  • "I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books." Jorge Luis Borges
  • "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." Jorge Louis Borges
  • "Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us." Alain de Botton
  • Writers open our hearts and minds, and give us maps to our own selves." Alain de Botton
  • "Books are embalmed minds." Christian Nevell Bovee
  • "I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book." Ray Bradbury
  • "Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future." Ray Bradbury
  • "The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." Ray Bradbury
  • "You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world." Ray Bradbury
  • "Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension." Kelly L. Briggs, "Reading in the Classroom"
  • "It’s hopeless! Tomorrow there will be even more books I should have read than there are today." Ashleigh Brilliant
  • "There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them." Joseph Brodsky
  • "It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it." Jacob Bronowski
  • "Books have been my classroom and my confidant. Books have widened my horizons. Books have comforted me in my hardest times. Books have changed my life." Po Bronson
  • "There are great books in this world and great worlds in books." Anne Brontë
  • "If you love a book, write a nice review. It gives the author encouragement for bad days, when they want to take up scorpion petting." Liana Brooks
  • "I cannot imagine life without books any more than I can imagine life without breathing." Terry Brooks
  • "Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream." Les Brown
  • "The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” James Bryce
  • "If you have enough room for your books, you don’t have enough books." James Bryce
  • "Children are made readers in the laps of their parents." Emilie Buchwald
  • "One doesn’t read Jane Austen; one re-reads Jane Austen." William F. Buckley, Jr.
  • "It was a joy! Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you." Charles Bukowski
  • "Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting." Edmund Burke
  • "To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." Edmund Burke 
  • "Home is where the books are." Richard Francis Burton
  • "Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them." Samuel Butler
  • "The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them." Samuel Butler
  •  "One of the pleasures of reading old letters is the knowledge that they need no answer." Lord Byron
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  • "The purpose of a writer is to make revolution irresistible." Toni Cade Bambara
  • "If there are no books, there is no civilization." Thomas Cahill
  • "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." Italo Calvino 
  • "If you have never said 'Excuse me' to a parking meter or bashed your shins on a fireplug, you are probably wasting too much valuable reading time." Sherri Chasin Calvo
  • "Bookshops are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers, dragon-tamers, dream catchers, fact finders & safe places." Jen Campbell
  • "Reading is a gift. It's something you can do almost anytime and anywhere. It can be a tremendous way to learn, relax, and even escape." Richard Carlson
  • "In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream." Thomas Carlyle
  • "Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms." Angela Carter
  • "If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read." Giacomo Casanova
  • "One should be wary of people who have only read one book. ..." Giacomo Casanova
  • "I was born with a reading list I will never finish." Maud Casey
  • "One to whom books are as strangers has not yet learned to live. He is a solitary, though he dwell amid a vast population. On the other hand, he to whom books are as friends possesses a Key to the Garden of Delights, where the purest pleasures are open for his entertainment, and where he has for his companions the master minds of all the ages." Charles Noel Douglas
  • "Read! Read all the time, the understanding will come by itself." Paul Celan 
  • "A good title is the title of a successful book." Raymond Chandler
    "God be thanked for books! they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages." W.E. Channing
  • "There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." May Ellen Chase
  • "The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing." Lord Chesterfield 
  • "A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author." G.K. Chesterton
  • "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." G.K. Chesterton
  • "There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read." Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • "I have consistently loved books that I’ve read when I’ve been sick in bed." Tracy Chevalier
  • "You will be transformed by what you read." Deepak Chopra
  • "I always have time for my books for they are never busy." Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • "Everyone should read, we say, but we act as if only those with special talent should write." Roy Peter Clark
  • "We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed." Lawrence Clark Powell
  • "Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow…" Lawrence Clark Powell
  • "The only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read." Tom Clancy 
  • "Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read." Cassandra Clare
  • "One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have to power to change us." Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices
  • "Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry." Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
  • "People who know and love the same Books as you have the road map to your Soul." Cassandra Clare
  • "Not every book is for every reader." Meg Waite Clayton
  • "Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens." President Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994
  • "Read. Forget everything you've been told about books and read." Paulo Coelho
  • "The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader. That's why we go to movies and say, 'Oh, the book is better'." Paulo Coelho
  • "Real poverty is lack of books." (Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette
  • "I love bookstores. I love the energy in a bookstore and the smell of the paper." Chris Colfer
  • "A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading." Jeremy Collier
  • "Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves". Jeremy Collier
  • "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." Cyril Connolly
  • "While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living." Cyril Connolly
  • "Read to escape reality ... Write to embrace it." Stephanie Connolly
  • "The love of books is among the choices gifts of the gods." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." Confucius
  • "You cannot open a book without learning something." Confucius 
  • "Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are." Mason Cooley
  • "A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life." Norman Cousins
  • "Any fiction should be a story. In any story there are three elements: persons, a situation, and the fact that in the end something has changed. If nothing has changed, it isn't a story." Malcolm Cowley
  • "The relationship of a girl and her favourite novel can be complex indeed." Andrea Cremer
  • "You learn to write by reading, and my experiences and tastes as a reader are pretty wide." Justin Cronin
  • "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite
  • "From my point of view, a book is a literary prescription put up for the benefit of someone who needs it." S.M. Crothers
  • "I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book ..." Benedict Cumberbatch 
  • "Why Read the Classics?" "Reading is one of the joys of life and once you begin you can't stop and you've got so many stories to look forward to." Benedict Cumberbatch 
  • "A good book has no ending." R.D. Cumming
  • "One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper." Michael Cunningham
  • "On rare occasions there comes along a profound original, an odd little book that appears out of nowhere, from the pen of some obscure storyteller, and once you have read it, you will never go completely back to where you were before. The kind of book you may hesitate to lend for fear you might miss its company. The kind of book that echoes from the heart of some ancient knowing, and whispers from time's forgotten cave that life may be more than it seems, and less." A.B. Curtiss
  • "All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen." Roald Dahl, Matilda
  • "If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books." Roald Dahl
  • "So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall." Roald Dahl
  • "The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village." Roald Dahl, Matilda
  • "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." Anthony J. D'Angelo
  • "My imagination doesn't require anything more of the book than to provide a framework within which it can wander." Alphonse Daudet
  • "A truly great book should be read in youth, against in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen be seen by morning light, at noon, and by moonlight." Robertson Davies
  • "I would like my readers to close the cover at the end and say, 'Wow, I never thought of it like that before'." Ted Dekker
  •  "I became a book lover at a very young age. Books taught me that there are different lives and beautiful things." Rene Denfeld
  • "The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." René Descartes
  • "A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway." Junot Díaz
  • "You’re the only person I’ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can.” Junot Díaz, "This Is How You Lose Her"
  • "The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them." Philip K. Dick
  • "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry." Emily Dickinson
  • "There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away." Emily Dickinson
  • "The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream." Joan Didion
  • "She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." Annie Dillard
  • "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Walt Disney 
  • "Books! People never really stop loving books. 51st century. By now, you've got holovids, direct-to-brain downloads, fiction mist. But you need the smell. The smell of books, Donna - Deep Breath!" The Doctor (Doctor Who, TV Series) 
  • "Books change people's destinies. "Carlos Maria Dominguez
  • "I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me." Julia Donaldson
  • "Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it." Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • "My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free." Kirk Douglas * Aren't we lucky??? 
  • "I read like a flame reads the wood." Alfred Döblin
  • "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Frederick Douglass
  • "The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it." Elizabeth Drew
  • "Let's be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading." Lena Dunham
  • "Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant

  • "Never judge a book by its movie." J.W. Eagan
  • "Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers." Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
  • "Not reading a beautiful book again because you've already read it, that is, as if you were not visiting a dear friend again because you know him already." Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
  • "A non-reader, at 70 years old, will have lived only one life: his own! He or she who reads will have lived 5000 years. Reading is immortality... backwards." Umberto Eco
  • "I love the smell of book ink in the morning." Umberto Eco
  • "To survive, you must tell stories." Umberto Eco 
  • "Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told." Umberto Eco
  • "We know that books are not a way of letting someone else think in our place: On the contrary, they are machines that provoke further thought." Umberto Eco
  • "Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this." Dave Eggers
  • "The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." Albert Einstein, who was one of the wisest guys who ever lived. Obviously.
  • "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."”  Charles William Eliot
  • "Let every man, if possible, gather some good books under his roof." Wiliam Ellery Channing
  • "A man is known by the books he reads." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask  him what books he reads." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leather boxes." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Some books leave us free and some books make us free." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "’Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart." Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude, 1870
  • "We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "When I read a good book, I wish my life were three thousand years long." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "Even in the most stressed times there is always time for reading." Emilie and Stephanie
  • "A book, too, can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." Madeleine L'Engle
  • "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children." Madeleine L'Engle
  • "Let books be your dining table and you shall be full of delights, let them be your mattress and you shall sleep restful nights." St. Ephraim the Syrian
  • "Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss." Nora Ephron
  • "When I get a little money I buy books; if any is left, I buy food and clothes." Erasmus 
  • "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled 'This could change your life.'" Helen Exley

  • "In my view, nineteen pounds of old books are at least nineteen times as delicious as one pound of fresh caviar." Anne Fadiman
  • "Reading to small children is a speciality." Clifton Fadiman
  • "To read in bed is to draw around us invisible, noiseless curtains. Then at last we are in a room of our own and are ready to burrow back, back to that private life of the imagination we all led as a child and to whose secret satisfactions so many of us have mislaid the key." Clifton Fadiman
  • "When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before." Clifton Fadiman
  • "A book is to me like a hat or coat - a very uncomfortable thing until the newness has been worn off." Charles B. Fairbanks
  • "Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window." William Faulkner
  • "If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all." François Fénelon
  • "There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back." Jim Fiebig
  • "I have read Fahrenheit 451 enough times to know that libraries are one institution that should never be eliminated from a society.... Even when certain civil liberties are taken away, the liberty to read should never be tampered with." Marilyse Figueroa
  • "That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • "A good book, he had concluded, leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book comples you to reread your own soul." Richard Flanagan in "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" 
  • "Writing is not lying, nor is it theft. It is a journey and search for transparency between one's words and one's soul." Richard Flanagan
  • "Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live." Gustave Flaubert
  • "He loved a book because it was a book; he loved its odour, its form, its title. What he loved in a manuscript was its old illegible date, the bizarre and strange Gothic characters, the heavy gilding which loaded its drawings. It was its pages covered with dust - dust of which he breathed the sweet and tender perfume with delight." Gustave Flaubert
  • "Read in order to live." Gustave Flaubert
  • "A big book is like a serious relationship, it requires a commitment. Not only that, but there's no guarantee that you will enjoy it, or that it will have a happy ending." Mick Foley 
  • "Books have to be read (worse luck it takes so long a time). It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West." E.M. Forster
  • "I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves." E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951
  • "Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total." Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning
  • "Some people will lie, cheat, steal and back-stab to get ahead... and to think, all they have to do is READ." Fortune
  • "I never feel lonely if I've got a book - they're like old friends. Even if you're not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they're part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life." Emilia Fox
  • "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Benjamin Franklin
  • "The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read." Benjamin Franklin
  • "The first thing that reading teaches us is how to be alone." Jonathan Franzen
  • "Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper." Robert Frost
  • "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." Margaret Fuller
  • "A life without books is like a child without a fairytale, is like a youth without love, is like an old man without peace." Carl Peter Fröhling
  • "A book that is shut is but a block." Thomas Fuller
  • "Books have to be heavy because the whole world's inside them." Cornelia Funke in "Inkheart"
  • "Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said..."As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower...both strange and familiar." Cornelia Funke
  • "Books make fine friends. With soothing words the soul is fed. A page is turned. New thoughts are painted in the mind. Thoughts join letters in joy." Connie Furgason
  • "One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators." Stephen Fry
  • "The most technologically efficient machine that man ever invented is the book." Northop Frye
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  • "A book is a dream that you hold in your hands." Neil Gaiman   
  • "Books make great gifts because they have whole world inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!" Neil Gaiman
  • "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." Neil Gaiman 
  • "I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. It's tosh. It's snobbery and it's foolishness. Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading. We need our children to get onto the reading ladder. Anything that they enjoy reading will move them up, rung by rung, into literacy." Neil Gaimain
  • "I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else." Neil Gaiman
  • "Most people can start a short story or a novel. If you're a writer, you can finish them. Finish enough of them, and you may be good enough to be publishable." Neil Gaiman
  • "My cousin Helen, who is in her 90s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of 'Gone With the Wind', and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so when they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for." Neil Gaiman
  • "Picking five favourite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose." Neil Gaiman
  • "Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You'll find what you need to find. Just read." Neil Gaiman
  • "Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi
  • "It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination." Gabriel García Márquez
  • "The true alchemists do not change lead into gold. They change the world into words." William H. Gass
  • "There is no such thing as a bad book, I just like some books more than others…" Chris Geiger
  • "Books amuse and touch. And they can distract - not least from ourselves." Andrea Gerk "Reading as Medicine" ("Lesen als Medizin")
  • "The love of my life ever since I was old enough to read. There's nothing better than a nice book on a rainy day." Niko Geyer
  • "Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking." Edward Gibbon
  • "Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost." Khalil Gibran
  • "A book: just a pile of dead letters? No, a bag full of seeds." André Gide 
  • "You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be - I had a mother who read to me." Strickland Gillilan
  • "I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things." George Robert Gissing
  • "Books are delightful society. If you go into a room & find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome." William Gladstone
  • "The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one." Oliver Goldsmith
  • "I wander through fiction to look for the truth" The Goo-Goo Dolls in "Before it's too late"
  • "He that loves reading has everything within his reach." William Godwin
  • "His hands were weak and shaking from carrying far too many books from the bookshop. It was the best feeling." Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • "The universe is not made of atoms - it's made of tiny stories." Joseph Gordon-Levitt 
  • "Keep reading books, but remember that a book’s only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself." Maxim Gorky
  • "Set your pace to a stroll. Stop whenever you want. Interrupt, jump back and forth, I won’t mind. This book should be as easy as laughter. It is stuffed with small things to take away. Please help yourself." Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery
  • "Books don't change the world. People are who change this. Books only change people" Caio Graco
  • "Words, I’ve come to learn, are pulleys through time. Portals into other minds. Without words, what remains? Indecipherable customs. Strange rites. Blighted hearts. Without words, we’re history’s orphans. Our lives and thoughts erased." Alena Graedon, "The Word Exchange"
  • "One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." Tessa Gray
  • "Read books. care about things. get excited. try not to be too down on yourself. enjoy the ever present game of knowing." Hank Green
  • "As a reader, I don't feel a story has an obligation to make me happy. I want stories to show me a bigger world than the one I know." John Green
  • "Books are the ultimate dumpees: put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back." John Green
  • "Don’t make stuff because you want to make money - it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous - because you will never feel famous enough," John Green
  • "Gentlemen, nerd girls are the world’s most under-utilized romantic resource. Do not tell me that nerd girls aren't hot because that shows a Paris Hilton-esque failure to understand hotness." John Green
  • "Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." John Green
  • "He liked all books, because he liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head." John Green
  • "I don’t have a favourite book, I have hundreds." John Green
  • "Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that." John Green
  • "Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books... which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal. It wasn't even that the book was so good or anything; it was just that the author... seemed to understand me in weird and impossible ways." John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
    [The omitted words in this quotation refer to a fictitious book and author - An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten - the title of which is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem "There's a certain slant of light..." According to Green, if you want to "read" the imaginary book, read "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace and "The Blood of the Lamb" by Peter De Vries and then try to blend the feeling of those two books.]
  • "There is this unwritten contract between author and reader and I think not ending your book kind of violates that contract.” John Green, "The Fault in Our Stars"
  • "Writing is something you do alone. It's a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it." John Green 
  • "It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle." Sutton Elbert Griggs
  • "Reading is by far the most successful pursuit of happiness." John Grisham
  • "Browsing the dim back corner
    Of a musty antique shop
    Opened an old book of poetry
    Angels flew out from the pages
    I caught the whiff of a soul
    The ink seemed fresh as today
    Was that voices whispering?
    The tree of the paper still grows."
    Terri Guillemets
  • "The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. Ursula K. Guin
  • "The greatest degree of inner tranquillity comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being." Tenzin Gyatso (The Dailai Lama)
  • "From every book invisible threads reach out to other books; and as the mind comes to use and control those threads the whole panorama of the world’s life, past and present, becomes constantly more varied and interesting, while at the same time the mind’s own powers of reflection and judgment are exercised and strengthened." Helen E. Haines
  • "But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you've travelled with them through every page?" Shannon Hale
  • "I've read too many books to believe what I am told." Suheir Hammad
  • "Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more." Elizabeth Hardwick
  • "Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere." Elizabeth Hardwick
  • "The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind, it is a moral illumination." Elizabeth Hardwick
  • "Here's to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy." Charlaine Harris
  • "Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, Heart and Soul." Joanne Harris
  • "You must understand that when you are writing a novel, you are not making anything up. It's all there and you just have to find it." Thomas Harris 
  • "Books are the most loyal and trusted friends you can ever have." Birgitta Hassel
  • "Yes, books are dangerous, they should be dangerous - they contain ideas." Pete Hautman
  • "It is not true we have only one life to love, if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish." S.I. Hayakawa
  • "Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own." William Hazlitt
  • "The most important asset of any library goes home at night - the library staff." Timothy Healy
  • "My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter." Thomas Helm
  • "All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you." Ernest Hemingway 
  • "There is no friend as loyal as a book." Ernest Hemingway 
  • "For my whole life, my favourite activity was reading. It's nto the most social pastime." Audrey Hepburn
  • "Having books standing on a shelf in a room is like having completely different worlds at the reading watiing to be explored." J.F. Hermans
  • "A house without books is a poor house, even if beautiful rugs are covering its floors and precious wallpapers and pictures cover its walls". Hermann ‎Hesse‬
  • "These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart." Gilbert Highet
  • "As novels became more prominent during the 1700s, society and the media grew increasingly concerned that young people spent too much time reading books. They even went so far as to call it 'reading rage,' 'reading fever,' 'reading mania,' and 'reading lust.'" History Today  
  • "Books may be the only true magic." Alice Hoffman
  • "Books are, let's face it, better than everything else." Nick Hornby
  • "The smartest thing Shakespeare ever did was kill off Romeo and Juliet before they had to consider combining their book collections. Because, for literary-inclined star-cross’d lovers, such is a fate worse than death..." Robert Hoge, author of Ugly, considers the challenges of combining libraries.
  • "The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts." Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • "Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter." Paxton Hood
  • "A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop on board, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later." Khaled Hosseini, "And the Mountains Echoed"
  • "What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education." Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education
  • "This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum." Elbert Hubbard
  • "He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two." Describing the character Father Mabeuf. Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables"
  • "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables"
    "You want to know about anybody? See what books they read, and how they’ve been read…" Keri Hulme, The Bone People  
  • "She reads. She reads. She reads words of splendour to comfort her soul." Leila Hussein
  • "Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced." Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
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  • "And when you love a book, commit one glorious sentence of it - perhaps your favourite sentence - to memory. That way you won't forget the language of the story that moved you to tears." John Irving, "In One Person"
  •  "A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as our personal memories.” John Irving
  • "The scholar only knows how dear these silent, yet eloquent, companions of pure thoughts and innocent hours become in the season of adversity. When all that is worldly turns to dross around us, these only retain their steady value." Washington Irving
  • "There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing." Isaac D'Israeli
  • "A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement." Holbrook Jackson 
  • "A large, still book is a piece of quietness, succulent and nourishing in a noisy world, which I approach and imbibe with 'a sort of greedy enjoyment', as Marcel Proust said of those rooms of his old home whose air was 'saturated with the bouquet of silence'." Holbrook Jackson
  • "Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today." Holbrook Jackson
  • "The newest books are those that never grow old." George Holbrook Jackson
  • "The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practised at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness." Holbrook Jackson
  • "Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read." Marilyn Jager Adams
  • "All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction." P.D. James
  • "As a rule reading fiction is as hard to me as trying to hit a target by hurling feathers at it. I need resistance to celebrate!" William James
  • "I cannot live without books." Thomas Jefferson
  • "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A blessed companion is a book, a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend, ... a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own." Douglas Jerrold
  • "A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance." Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • "A book should teach us to enjoy life, or to endure it." Samuel Johnson
  • "A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good." Samuel Johnson
  • "A writer only begins a book: a reader finishes it." Samuel Johnson
  • "You cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe. The house can catch alight and a reader deep in a book will not look up until the wallpaper is in flames." Lloyd Jones
  • "The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones." Joseph Joubert
  •  "To teach is to learn twice." Joseph Joubert
  • "A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul." Franz Kafka
  • "A book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us." Franz Kafka 
  • "A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor 
  • "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller
  • "I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us."  Franz Kafka
  • "Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self." Franz Kafka
  • "We become the books we read." Matthew Kelly   
  • "A book has but one voice, but it does not instruct everyone alike." Thomas Kempis
  • "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • "The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." B.B. King
  • "Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different". Stephen King
  • "Books are a completely portable magic" Stephen King
  • "Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life." Stephen King
  • "Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, - from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers." Charles Kingsley
  • "I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I’d written." Barbara Kingsolver
  • "Literature duplicates the experience of living in a way that nothing else can, drawing you so fully into another life that you temporarily forget you have one of your own. That is why you read it, and might even sit up in bed till early dawn, throwing your whole tomorrow out of whack, simply to find out what happens to some people who, you know perfectly well, are made up." Barbara Kingsolver
  • Every time a newspaper dies, even a bad one, the country moves a little closer to authoritarianism; when a great one goes, like the New York Herald Tribune, history itself is denied a devoted witness." Richard Kluger
    "Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment." Greenville Kleisser
  • "A well-read woman is a dangerous creature." Lisa Kleypas
  • "Books had shown me, however, that all people everywhere wanted their lives to have purpose and meaning. This longing was universal." Dean Koontz, Innocence
  • "There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning." Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • "I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense." Harold Kushner
  • "Books are a hard bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am a happy victim of books!" Karl Lagerfeld
  • "That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your fee." Jhumpa Lahiri
  • "I love to lose myself in other men's minds.... Books think for me." Charles Lamb
  • "It is pleasanter to eat one’s own peas out of one’s own garden, than to buy them by the peck at Covent Garden; and a book reads the better, which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots and dog’s-ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins, or over a pipe...." Charles Lamb, letter to S.T. Coleridge, 11 October 1802
  • "For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die." Anne Lamott
  • "For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived." Louis L'Amour
  • "Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you." Louis L'Amour
  • "No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic." Ann Landers
  • "What is reading but silent conversation?" Walter Landor
  • "A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself." Andrew Lang
  • "No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest of the children of men." J.A. Langford
  • "The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense." J.A. Langford
  • "How vast an estate it is that we came into as the intellectual heirs of all the watchers and searchers and thinkers and singers of the generations that are dead! What a heritage of stored wealth! What perishing poverty of mind we should be left in without it!" J.N. Larned
  • "Think before you speak. Read before you think." Fran Lebowitz
  • "Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes." John LeCarré
  • "I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide." Harper Lee
  • "The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think." Harper Lee
  • "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." Harper Lee
  • "In fact, while we read a novel, we are insane - bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren’t there, we hear their voices, we watch the battle of Borodino with them, we may even become Napoleon. Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. Is it any wonder that no truly respectable society has ever trusted its artists?" Ursula K. Le Guin
  • "Book love is something like romantic love. When we are reading a really great book, burdens feel lighter, cares seem smaller, and commonplaces are suddenly delightful. You become your best optimistic self. Like romantic love, book love fills you with a certain warmth and completeness. The world holds promise." Steve Leveen 
  • "But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself." C.S. Lewis
  • "Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years." C.S. Lewis
  • "I am a product of endless books." C.S. Lewis
  • "I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C.S. Lewis
  • "It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between." C.S. Lewis
  • "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it." C.S. Lewis
  • "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more - worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." C.S. Lewis
  • "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." C.S. Lewis
  • "We read to know that we are not alone." C.S. Lewis
  • "You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." C.S. Lewis
  • "Education is the best gift you could ever receive, because once you have it, no one can ever take it from you." William Arthur Lewis
  • "A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out. " Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
  • "Reading means borrowing." Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms
  • "A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others." Abraham Lincoln
  • "Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all." Abraham Lincoln
  • "The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." Abraham Lincoln 
  • "Beyond the highest mountain, past the farthest star, the stories found in a book are what makes us who we are." Jeff Liss
  • "Reading furnishes the mind with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours." John Locke
  • "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • "No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy." Los Angeles Times, "A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area"
  • "All books are either dreams or swords." Amy Lowell
  • "Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind." James Russell Lowell
  • "We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth." John Lubbock 
  • "All writers, I think, are to one extent or another, damaged people. Writing is our way of repairing ourselves." J. Anthony Lukas
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  • "Many persons read and like fiction. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this." Rose Macaulay
  • "The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters." Ross MacDonald
  • "I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me." Tahereh Mafi
  • "Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you're a bit larger than you used to be." Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked.
  • "There comes a day when you realize turning the page  is the best feeling  in the world, because you realize there is so  much more to the book than the  page you  were stuck on." Zayn Malik
  • "In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation." Stéphane Mallarmé
  • "At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader." Alberto Manguel
  • "If the book is second-hand, I leave all its markings intact, the spoor of previous readers, fellow-travellers who have recorded their passage by means of scribbled comments, a name on the fly-leaf, a bus ticket to mark a certain page." Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
  • "Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know." Alberto Manguel
  • "Old or new, the only sign I always try to rid my books of (usually with little success) is the price-sticker that malignant booksellers attach to the backs. These evil white scabs rip off with difficulty, leaving leprous wounds and traces of slime to which adhere the dust and fluff of ages, making me wish for a special gummy hell to which the inventor of these stickers would be condemned." Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
  • "Our society accepts the book as a given, but the act of reading - once considered useful and important, as well as potentially dangerous and subversive - is now condescendingly accepted as a pastime, a slow pastime that lacks efficiency and does not contribute to the common good." Alberto Manguel, "The Library at Night"
  • "We cannot do but to read. ... A society can exist - many do exist - without writing, but no society can exist without reading." Alberto Manguel
  • "A house without books is like a room without windows." Horace Mann
  • "There are a lot of people like me, people who need books the way they need air." Richard Marek
  • "He fed his spirit with the bread of books." Edwin Markham
  • The books we read answer questions we didn't even know existed. They make us wiser. They make us better." Axel Marazzi
  • "I think reading is a gift. It was a gift that was given to me as a child by many people, and now as an adult and a writer, I’m trying to give a little of it back to others. It’s one of the greatest pleasures I know." Ann M. Martin
  • "A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." Tyrion Lannister (George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones)
  • "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
  • "Sleep is good," he said, "and books are better." George R.R. Martin
  • "Writing is like sausage making in my view; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it." George R.R. Martin
  • "Books give us the panoramic spectrum of possibilities for encountering life in a new way." J. Michael Martin 
  • "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx
  • "Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read." Groucho Marx
  • "Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are' is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread." François Mauriac
  • "A book is a magical thing that lets you travel to faraway places without ever leaving your chair." Katrina Mayer
  • "Books were my friends when no friends were around." Katrina Mayer
  • "I have a shelf of comfort books, which I read when the world closes in on me or something untoward happens." Anne McCaffrey
  • "Reading feeds the soul, writing nourishes it!" J.C. McClean
  • "Stock your mind. It is your house of treasures and no one in the world can interfere with it." Frank McCourt 
  • "The whole world opened to me when I learned to read." Mary McLeod Bethune
  • "Reading is sometimes thought of as a form of escapism, and it's a common turn of phrase to speak of getting lost in a book. But a book can also be where one finds oneself; and when a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself." Rebecca Mead
  • "If books were roads, some would be made for driving quickly—details are scant, and what details there are appear drab—but the velocity and torque of the narrative is exhilarating. Some books, if seen as roads, would be made for walking—the trajectory of the road mattering far less than the vistas these roads might afford. The best book for me: I drive through it quickly but am forced to stop on occasion, to pull over and marvel. These books are books meant to be reread. (The first time through, I can tear along, as fast as possible, and then later, I’ll enjoy a leisurely stroll—so that I can see what I’ve missed)." Peter Mendelsund, author of "What we see when we read"
  • "A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you." Joyce Meyer  
  • "Writers turn dreams into print." James Michener 
  • "We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate." Henry Miller
  • "Buying a book is not about obtaining a possession, but about securing a portal!" Laura Miller
  • "The first book we fall in love with shapes us every bit as much as the first person we fall in love with ..." Laura Miller
  • "A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. " John Milton
  • "A man may be a heretic in the truth, and if he believe things only because his pastor says so, or the assembly so determines, without knowing other reason, though his belief be true, yet the very truth he holds becomes his heresy." John Milton
  • "Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." John Milton
  • "Revolutions of ages do not oft recover the loss of a rejected truth, for the want of which whole nations fare the worse." John Milton
  • "Seasoned life of man preserved and stored up in books." John Milton
  • "There is yet behind of what I purposed to lay open, the incredible loss and detriment that this plot of licensing puts us to; more than if some enemy at sea should stop up all our havens and ports and creeks, it hinders and retards the importation of our richest merchandise, truth." John Milton
  • "Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" John Milton
  • "Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolized and traded in by tickets and statutes and standards. We must not think to make a staple commodity of all the knowledge in the land, to mark and license it like our broadcloth and our woolpacks." John Milton 
  • "Unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye." John Milton
  • "Where there is much desire to learn, here of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making." John Milton
  • "Who shall silence all the airs and madrigals that whisper softness in chambers?" John Milton    
  • "A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” David Mitchell
  • "Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw." David Mitchell
  • "Teaching reading IS rocket science." Louisa Moats
  • "A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front." Karen Marie Moning
  • "I love books way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself." Karen Marie Moning
  • "When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps so much as returning to my books." Michel de Montaigne
  • "Love of reading enables a man [or woman] to exchange the weary hours which come to every one, for hours of delight." Montesquieu
  • "I am simply a book drunkard." Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • "Librarians are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them." Michael Moore
    "I did realize, as do you, how blessed I was to know bookjoy, the private pleasure of savoring text." Pat Mora
  • "A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exist, a life-rat and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead." Caitlin Moran, "The Book Habit"
  • "A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few sources of information left that is served up without the silent black noise of a headline, the doomy hullabaloo of a commercial. It is one of the few havens remaining where a person's mind can get both provocation and privacy." Edward P. Morgan
  • "When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night — there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book." Christopher Morley
  • "Book lovers will understand me and they will know too that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence." Jan Morris
  • "If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison
  • "There's more to life than books, you know. But not much more." Morrissey
  • "I whispered the thrilling words to myself, then lifted the book to my nose and breathed the ink from its pages. The scent of possibilities." Kate Morton
  • "A man's bookcase will tell you everything you'll ever need to know about him." Walter Mosley
  • "If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." Haruki Murakami, "Norwegian Wood"
  • "With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy." Haruki Murakami
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  • "A major writer combines these three - storyteller, teacher, enchanter - but it is the enchanter in him that predominates and makes him a major writer." Vladimir Nabokov
  • "Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations." Vladimir Nabokov
  • "Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." Vera Nazarian
  • "The books that help you most are those which make you think the most." Pablo Neruda
  • "Time is a river...and books are boats. Many volumes start down that stream, only to be wrecked and lost beyond recall in its sands. Only a few, a very few, endure the testings of time and live to bless the ages following." Joseph Fort Newton
  • "The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." Anaïs Nin
  • "When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing. "Anaïs Nin
  • "Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting at the end of a long day makes that day happier." Kathleen Norris
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  • "Novels begin, not on the page, but in meditation and day-dreaming - in thinking, not writing." Joyce Carol Oates
  • "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." Joyce Carol Oates
  • "1. Write 50 words. That’s a paragraph. 2. Write 400 words. That’s a page. 3. Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript. 4. Write everyday. That’s a habit. 5. Edit and Rewrite. That’s how you get better. 6. Spread your writing for people to comment. That’s called feedback. 7. Don't worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer. When not writing, read. Read from writers better than you. Read and Perceive." Ajay Obri
  • "Who collects books accumulates desires. And who has many desires is very young, even at eighty." Ugo Ojetti
  • "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But a book is never just a book." The Old Sage Bookshop in Prescott, Arizona
  • "She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awaking from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams." Michael Ondaatje in "The English Patient"
  • "Always read something that will make you look great if you die in the middle of it." P.J. O’Rourke
  • "When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing." George Orwell
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  • "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed." Orhan Pamuk"I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours." Dorothy Parker
  • "Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary." Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago
  • "It's always better to have too much to read than not enough." Ann Patchett
  • "Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking." Ann Patchett 
  • "Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world." Walter Pater
  • "You see, one of the best things about reading is that you'll always have something to think about when you're not reading." James Patterson
  • "It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own." Katherine Patterson 
  • "I read because one life isn’t enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody." Richard Peck
  • "The paradoxical virtue of reading lies in distancing ourselves from the world so that we may make sense of it."  Daniel Pennac
  • "Literature exists because the world isn't enough." Fernando Pessoa
  • "Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life." Fernando Pessoa
  • "I have friends whose society is delightful to me; they are persons of all countries and of all ages; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters; easy to live with, always at my command." Francesco Petrarch 
  • "I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget." William Lyon Phelps
  • "The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living." Wendell Phillips 
  •  "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso ... The same applies to books.
  • "Books don't change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences." John Piper
  • "I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited." Sylvia Plath
  • "Books are immortal sons deifying their sires." Plato
  • "Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything!" Plato  
  • "Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow." Plato
  • "I never understood people who don't have bookshelves." George Plimpton
    "You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book." Sherry K. Plummer
  • "I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful." Natalie Portman
  • "I do so hate finishing books. I would like to go on with them for years ..." Beatrix Potter
  • "No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents." Ezra Pound 
  • "We live in an age of science and of abundance. The care and reverence for books as such, proper to an age when no book was duplicated until someone took the pains to copy it out by hand, is obviously no longer suited to ’the needs of society’, or to the conservation of learning. The weeder is supremely needed if the Garden of the Muses is to persist as a garden." Ezra Pound, Chapter One, ABC of Reading, 1934
  • "Books are keys to wisdom's treasure. Books are gates to lands of pleasure. Books are paths that upward lead, Books are friends: come let us read." Emilie Poulsson 
  • "Books do furnish a room." Anthony Powell
  • "Books are islands in the ocean of time. They are also oases in the deserts of time." Lawrence Clark Powell
  • "Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one." Terry Pratchett 
  • "To be successful in life what you need is education, not literacy and degrees." Munshi Premchand
  • "True Readers Know Anything Makes a Good Bookmark." Toby Price
  • "Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself." Marcel Proust
  • "There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book." Marcel Proust
  • "There are some themes, some subjects too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children's book." Philip Pullman
  • "The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived." Howard Pyle
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  • "Of course, anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." David Quammen
  • "If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find 'reality' a bit of a disappointment." Joe Queenan, One for the Books
  • "Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." Anna Quindlen, "How Reading Changed My Life"
  • "In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own." Anna Quindlen
  • "I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." Anna Quindlen, Enough Bookshelves”, New York Times, 7 August 1991
  • "We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else's mind". Anna Quindlen
  •  "We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide." Marcus Fabius Quintilian 
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  • "Reading is not a hobby ... it's a lifestyle!" Dayana Razo
    "One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind." Ishmael Reed, Writin’ is Fightin’: Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper
  • "When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness." Jules Renard
  • "Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." Jean Rhys
  • "Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed." Anne Rice
  • "Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over." Alan Rickman
  • "A Film, a Piece of Theatre, A Piece of Music, or a Book Can Make a Difference. It can Change the World." Alan Rickman
  • "If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust." Alan Rickman
  • "It's an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller." Alan Rickman
  • "Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility." Alan Rickman
  • "[The English language is] so rich and cruel and beautiful, like a fireworks display, and yet it can be so subtle and so crude. Marry that to the stage and something mysterious happens. Don’t ask me what. It’s magical." "The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what's impossible? What's a fantasy?" Alan Rickman 
  • "With some cards, you pay interest. With library cards, your interest pays you." Susan Rinehart
  • "Good fiction creates its own reality." Nora Roberts
  • "Reading takes us away from home, it finds homes for us everywhere." Hazel Rochman 
  • "When a new book is published, read an old one." Samuel Rogers
  • "There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." Will Rogers
  • "The book you don't read, won't help." Jim Rohn
  • "In my world there would be as many public libraries as there are Starbucks." Henry Rollins
  • "Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die." Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "I am part of everything that I have read." Theodore Roosevelt
  • "When you read a book, the neurons in your brain fire overtime, deciding what the characters are wearing, how they're standing, and what it feels like the first time they kiss. No one shows you. The words make suggestions. Your brain paints the pictures." Meg Rosoff 
  • "The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television." Andrew Ross
  • "Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing." Philip Roth
  • "I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I'm like that. If I stop reading, I die." Patrick Rothfuss
  • "It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story." ♥ Patrick Rothfuss ♥ The Name of the Wind
  • "The library is the temple of learning and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history." Carl T. Rowan
  • "Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out." J.K. Rowling
  • "I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." J.K. Rowling
  • "If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book." J.K. Rowling
  • "There's always room for a story that can transport people to another place." J.K. Rowling
  • "Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy." J.K. Rowling
  • "People who say they don't have time to read simply don't want to." Julie Rugg
  • "Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it’s an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." Carlos Ruiz Zafón in "La Sombra del Viento" (The Shadow of the Wind)
  • "Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader than the first book that finds its way to his heart." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "I had never known the pleasure of reading, of exploring the recesses of the soul, of letting myself be carried away by imagination, beauty, and the mystery of fiction and language. For me all those things were born with that novel." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "I leafed through the pages, inhaling the enchanted scent of promise that comes with all new books, and stopped to read the start of a sentence that caught my eye." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody’s best friend." Carlos Ruiz Zafón 
  • "I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and Magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling." Carlos Ruiz Zafón, "The Angel's Game"
  • "I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "That book taught me that by reading, I could live more intensely. It could give me back the sight I had lost. For that reason alone, a book that didn’t matter to anyone changed my life." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "There are worse things than a prison of words." Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • "Books crow-bar the world open for you." Katherine Rundell  
  • "A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return." Salman Rushdie 
  • "A book worth reading is worth buying." John Ruskin
  • "Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book." John Ruskin
  • "There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it." Bertrand Russell
  • "There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house." Joe Ryan

  • "One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time." Carl Sagan
  • "What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."  Carl Sagan
  • "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." J.D. Salinger
  • "He liked to read with the silence and the golden colour of the whiskey as his companions. He liked food, people, talk, but reading was an inexhaustible pleasure. What the joys of music were to others, words on a page were to him." James Salter, All That Is
  • "TSUNDOKU: Leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books." Japanese. From "Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Catalog of Beautiful Untranslatable Words from Around the World" by Ella Frances Sanders.
  • "Novels aren’t just happy escapes; they are slivers of people’s souls, nailed to the pages, dripping ink from veins of wood pulp. Reading the right one at the right time can make all the difference." Brandon Sanderson
  • "Literature is the immortality of speech." August Wilhelm Schlegel
  • "In reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another's toughts." Arthur Schopenhauer
  • "Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own." Charles Scribner Jr. 
  • "When separated, flour, salt, yeast and water do not possess the unique properties of bread." Lyndon W. Seaross and John E. Readence
  • "Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river." Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • "I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage." Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, "Pensées Diverses"
  • "A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking." Jerry Seinfeld
  • "There is no such thing as a child who hates to read, there are only children who have not found the right book." Frank Serafini
  • "Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so." Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
  • "Reading can be dangerous." Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale 
  •  "Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." Dr. Seuss
  • "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." Dr Seuss
  • "You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book." Dr. Seuss
  • "Ordinary performers have giant TVs. Extraordinary performers have huge libraries." Robin Sharma
  • "Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself." George Bernard Shaw
  • "Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better." Sidney Sheldon
  • "Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page." Sidney Sheldon
  • "The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead." Clarence Shepard Day
  • "Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve." Carol Shields, "The Republic of Love" 
  •  "Stories are one thing that will be constant in life. Whether told, written, reenacted they are a fundamental part of human nature." Jessica Shirvington 
  • "Reading centers on finding yourself in a book." Anita Silvey
  • "Children don't read to find their identity, to free themselves from guilt, to quench the thirst for rebellion or to get rid of alienation. They have no use for psychology.... They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff.... When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don't expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions." Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • "If you haven’t stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading with your eyes itching and burning with tiredness and your vision blurred as you fight to stay awake to finish the book, you haven’t lived at all." Sinnerlikedamon
  • "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading." B.F. Skinner
  • "Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable." Grace Slick 
  •  "Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." Jane Smiley
  • "No furniture is so charming as books." Sydney Smit
  • "The world was hers for the reading." Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • "Some people say that life is the thing... but I prefer reading." Logan Pearsall Smith
  • "This nice and subtle happiness of reading, this joy not chilled by age, this polite and unpunished vice, this selfish, serene life-long intoxication." Logan Pearsall Smith  
  • "What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers." Logan Pearsall Smith
  • "There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book." Patti Smith
  • "What you don’t know would make a great book." Sydney Smith
  • "The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer." Zadie Smith
  • "It is most likely that I will die next to a pile of books I was meaning to read." Lemony Snicket
  • "Keep anyone with whom you can read in silence." Lemony Snicket
  • "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." Lemony Snicket
  • "Wicked people never have time for reading. It's one of the reasons for their wickedness." Lemony Snicket
  • "The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you."  W. Somerset Maugham
  • "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." W. Somerset Maugham  
  • "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life." W. Somerset Maugham  
  • "My library is an archive of longings." Susan Sontag
  • "Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth." Wole Soyinka
  • "Every book you read may not save your life but some of them will." Adam Stanley
  • "It's better to have your nose in a book than in someone else's business." Adam Stanley
  • "And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good." John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  •  "I nearly always write, just as I nearly always breathe." John Steinbeck 
  • "Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity." George Steiner
  • "A good book is an event in my life." Stendhal
  • "A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produced the sound is the reader's soul." Stendhal
  • "I often derive a peculiar satisfaction in conversing with the ancient and modern dead, - who yet live and speak excellently in their works. My neighbors think me often alone, - and yet at such times I am in company with more than five hundred mutes - each of whom, at my pleasure, communicates his ideas to me by dumb signs - quite as intelligently as any person living can do by uttering of words." Laurence Sterne 
  • "Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life." Robert Louis Stevenson 
  • "Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style." R.L. Stine
  • "There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books." Irving Stone
  • "Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little." Tom Stoppard
  • "A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." William Styron
  • "Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay." William Styron  
  • "One of the advantages of reading books is that you get to play with someone else’s imaginary friends, at all hours of the night." Dr. SunWolf
  • "Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death hath no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever." J. Swartz
  • "You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend."  Paul Sweeney
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  • "When I cannot read, when I cannot think, when I cannot even pray, I can trust." J. Hudson Taylor
  • "I love bookshelves, and stacks of books, spines, typography, and the feel of pages between my fingertips. I love bookmarks, and old bindings, and stars in margins next to beautiful passages. I love exuberant underlinings that recall to me a swoon of language-love from a long-ago reading, something I hoped to remember. I love book plates, and inscriptions in gifts from loved ones, I love author signatures, and I love books sitting around reminding me of them, being present in my life, being. I love books." Laini Taylor
  • "Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us." Paul Theroux
  • "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy." Thích Nhất Hạnh   
  • "My home is where my books are." Ellen Thompson
  • "I'm a word freak. I like words. I’ve always compared writing to music. That’s the way I feel about good paragraphs. When it really works, it’s like music." Hunter S. Thompson
  • "A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.... What I began by reading, I must finish by acting." Henry David Thoreau
  •  "Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature is dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill." Henry David Thoreau 
  • "Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations." Henry David Thoreau
  • "Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution - such call I good books." Henry David Thoreau  
  • "How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book." Henry David Thoreau, Walden
  • "If I'm going to be stranded, I hope it's inside a bookstore." Tere Arigo aka Thresca
  • "Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh." Judah Ibn Tibbon 
  • "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler
  • "Every time we read to a child, we're sending a 'pleasure' message to the child's brain. You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure." Jim Trelease  
  • "That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing." Anthony Trollope
  • "The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live." Anthony Trollope   
  • "What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?" Anthony Trollope
  • "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Harry S. Truman
  • "There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?" Marina Tsvetaeva
  • "Books are the carriers of civilization ... They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." Barbara W. Tuchman
  • "Books are the carrier of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill." Barbara Tuchman
  •  "A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever." Martin F. Tupper
  •  "The bookshop has a thousand books, all colours, hues, and tinges, and every cover is a door that turns on magic hinges." Nancy Byrd Turner
  • "Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else." Mark Twain
  • "'Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read." Mark Twain (I strongly disagree, Mr. Twain.)
  • Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." Mark Twain
  • "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." Mark Twain
  • "In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them." Mark Twain
  • "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them." Mark Twain, attributed
  •  "Books are open doors to other dimensions where everything is possible and nothing is forbidden." Danny Tyran  
  • "Give a kid a book and you change the world and, in a way, even the Universe." Neil de Grasse Tyson
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  • "Reading ... is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction." David L. Ulin in "The Lost Art of Reading" 
  • "Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfilment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write. Literacy... means far more than learning how to read and write... The aim is to transmit... knowledge and promote social participation." UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany
  • "I read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them." Simon Van Booy 
  • "You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colours fill your mind." Jac Vanek
  • "Let us read and let us dance, these two amusements will never to any harm to the world." Voltaire
  • "The multitude of books is making us ignorant." Voltaire
  • "By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle." Kurt Vonnegut
  • "Educate yourself, welcome life’s messiness, read Chekhov, avoid becoming an architect at all costs." Kurt Vonnegut
  • "I go on many thrilling adventures and wondrous, profound escapades through books." Kurt Vonnegut
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  • "A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors." Henry Ward Beecher 
  • "A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never." Henry Ward Beecher
  • "A little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable part of a man's history. It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life." Henry Ward Beecher
  • "Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house." Henry Ward Beecher
  • "There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs." Henry Ward Beecher 
  • "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" Henry Ward Beecher
  • "Nothing is worth reading that does not require an alert mind." Charles Dudley Warner
  • "Collect books: nothing is more important than an unread library." John Waters
  • "It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else." John Waters 
  • "When I get hold of a book I particularly admire, I am so enthusiastic that I loan it to someone who never brings it back." Edgar Watson Howe  
  • "I like books that aren't just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time." Emma Watson  
  • "There is something incomparably thrilling in first opening a brand new book." Evelyn Waugh    
  • "I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them ... with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself." Eudora Welty
  • "Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures." Jessamyn West"
  • "An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise." Thomas Wharton
  • "Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." E.P. Whipple
  • "A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book." E.B. White  
  • "A library is many things, but particularly it is a place where books live, and where you can get in touch with other people, and other thoughts, through books… Books hold most of the secrets of the world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had." E.B. White
  • "Books are the glass of council to dress ourselves by." Bulstrode Whitlock
  • "Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul." Walt Whitman
  • "You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!" Dr. Who
  • "You're never alone when you're reading a book." Susan Wiggs
  • "I am so clever that sometimes I do not understand a single word of what I am saying." Oscar Wilde
  • "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." Oscar Wilde
  • "In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody." Oscar Wilde
  • "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde
  • "The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame." Oscar Wilde 
  • "There are no such things as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written." Oscar Wilde
  • "What you read when you don't have to determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde 
  • "Books had instant replay long before televised sports." Bern Williams 
  • "Old books exert a strange fascination in me, their smell, their feel, their history, wondering who might have owned them, how they lived, what they felt." Lauren Willig
  • "A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love." Robert Aris Willmott
  •  "No two persons ever read the same book." Edmund Wilson
  • "I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it." Woodrow Wilson
  • "O for a Booke and a shadie nooke, eyther in-a-doore or out;
    With the grene leaves whisp’ring overhede, or the Streete cryes all about.
    Where I maie Reade all at my ease, both of the Newe and Olde;
    For a jollie goode Booke whereon to looke is better to me than Golde."
    John Wilson
  • "Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books." Oprah Winfrey  
  • "Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate, it is not a hobby ..." Jeanette Winterson
  • "Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world." Jeanette Winterson
  • "Never read a book through merely because you have begun it." John Witherspoon
  • "The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it." Thomas Wolfe
  • "What holy cities are to nomadic tribes - a symbol of race and a bond of union - great books are to the wandering souls of men: they are the Meccas of the mind." G.E. Woodberry
  • "I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure." Virginia Woolf
  • "Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack." Virginia Woolf 
  • "No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions, nor expensive diversions, or variety of company, if she can be amused by an author." Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • "Choose an author as you choose a friend." Sir Christopher Wren
  • "The book of the moment often has immense vogue, while the book of the age, which comes in its company from the press, lies unnoticed; but the great book has its revenge. It lives to see its contemporary pushed up shelf by shelf until it finds its final resting-place in the garret or the auction room." Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • Someone asked me, if I were stranded on a desert island what book would I bring ... 'How to Build a Boat'." Steven Wright
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  • "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." W. B. Yeats 
  • "Sorrows that she's but read of in a book weigh on her mind as if they had been her own." W.B. Yeats
  • "Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood." Jane Yolen
  • "To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare." Kenko Yoshida 
  • "Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book." Malala Yousafzai
  • "I thought that words and books and pens were more powerful than guns." Malala Yousafzai
  • "Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism." Malala Yousafzai
  • "We must believe in the power and strength of our words. Our words can change the world." Malala Yousafzai 
  • "Reading is dreaming with open eyes." YoYo  
  • "The wise man reads both books and life itself." Lin Yutang

  • "There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times." Yevgeny Zamyatin, A Soviet Heretic: Essays by Yevgeny Zamyatin  
  •  "We buy books because we believe we are buying the time to read them." Warren Zevon 
  • "If you love to read, you can learn anything you really want to know." Zig Ziglar
  • "I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." Markus Zusak in "The Book Thief"
  •  "Sometimes you read a book so special you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished ... just to stay near it." Markus Zusak

If anyone can tell me the originator of any of these quotes, I'd be very thankful and would happily include the names.   
  • "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb
  • "After three days without reading, talk becomes flavourless." Chinese proverb
  •  "To read a book for the first time is to make the acquaintance of a new friend; to read it a second time is to meet an old one." Chinese Proverb 
  • "Blindur er bóklaus maður." - "Blind is a man without a book." Icelandic proverb
  • "In a good book the best is between the lines." Swedish Proverb
  • "A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." N.N. 
  • "A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice." N.N.
  • "A good book not only brings a new world to you, it brings you into a new world. It allows you to see and to experience things that never actually happen to you, and to learn from events that take place only in the realm of imagination." N.N.   
  • "A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend." N.N.
  • "A library is a hospital for the mind." N.N.
  • "Always look on the bright side of life. Otherwise it'll be too dark to read." N.N.
  • "An apple a day is good for your body. A chapter a day is good for your mind." N.N.
  • "Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." N.N.
  • "Bookish Problem: You actually have to step back, take a moment, and admire your bookshelves every time you add a new book." N.N.
  • "Book lovers never go to bed alone." N.N. 
  • "Books are the answer. What was the question?" N.N. 
  • "Books are the gateway to the world and the escape from it." N.N.
  • "Books aren't made of pages and words. They are made of hopes, dreams and possibilities." N.N.
  • "Books breed like rabbits, bookcases breed like elephants." N.N.
  • "Books cause dangerous thoughts." N.N. 
  • "Books don't just go with you, they take you where you've never been." N.N.
  • "Books have a way of making you homesick for a place you've never been to." N.N. 
  • "Buying books is immensely comforting. Maybe I won’t read them immediately, but they make me feel so much better whenever I’m sad and blue. Just their presence, it’s like having more to look forward to." N.N.
  • "Closing a good book before it's finished is like pressing stop in the middle of the best part of your favourite movie." N.N.   
  • "Every book contains a life. The more we read the more we live." N.N.
  • "Every book you've ever read is just a different combination of the same 26 letters." N.N.
  • "Every person has a book, and every book has a cover, but behind every cover is a different story. So don't judge a person by the cover of their book." N.N.
  • "Having a huge number of books is not exactly about reading them all - it’s about having the possibility of reading them all. ..." N.N.
  • "He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot." Arabic Proverb (I don't really agree with this, I lend my books to my friends all the time.)
  • "I'd rather write about this world than live in it and I'd rather play music all day and wander around bookstores and watch humans but not be one of them." N.N.
  • "If I put my book down, the characters might do something without me." N.N.  
  • "I found comfort through literature, I loved getting lost in things as marvelous and as wonderful as books. They made me forget about my own troubles, like a submarine and the sea, they submerged me so perfectly." N.N. 
  • "If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions." N.N.   
  • "I like big books and I cannot lie." N.N.
  • "I love that you can safely entrust yourself to books," she said, "though you may be torn in two, in the end your heart will be returned - more whole than when you gave it away at the first page." N.N.
  • "I love to read. That doesn't mean I don't have a life. It doesn't mean I'm a nerd. I only love the feeling that.. even when you're back in reality you still feel like you're in a different world." S.A.
  • "I'm a bookaholic on the road to recovery. Ha, not really. I'm on the road to the bookstore." N.N. 
  • "It’s us the readers who bring the text to life with our viewpoint." N.N. 
  • "I will never cease to be amazed by books. Seriously. Just think about it: thousands of people read the same book but in each one’s mind the characters look different and the setting changes and we’re all reading the same thing but it’s so unique to each of us. That is insanely cool." N.N. 
  • "Knowledge is free at your library. Just bring your own container." N.N. 
  • "Libraries are not a destination. They are the transportation. The Grand Central Station of every great city and town." N.N. (found at The Great Read)
  • "Literature is a fiction that tells a greater truth." N.N.      
  • "Love, Compassion, Virtue, Philosophy, Law, Science, Medicine, Beauty, The Sun and The Moon and The Stars, The Ocean and The Wind, The Colours and The feel of Velvet... You can find it all in a Book." N.N.   
  • "Medicine for the soul." Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes 
  • "Reading a book is like dreaming. You can't control what's going to happen, but it takes you into a different world." N.N.  
  • "Reading. That place where you're by yourself but you're never alone." N.N.
  • "Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommending a person." N.N.
  • "The cure to boredom is books. There is no cure for books." N.N.
  • "The food we eat feeds our body but the novels we read feed our mind." N.N.  
  • "The great thing about a library is that it's large enough to fit the entire world inside, yet small enough to fit in your town." N.N. 
  • "The problem with reading a good book is that you want to finish the book but you don't want to finisht the book." N.N.   
  • "The road to knowledge begins with the turn of a page." N.N.
  • "They say you are what you read. Therefore, I am an archer, a debutante, a vampipre, a detective, a spy, an empath, a dragon, a sniper, a werewolf, a profiler, a pyromaner, a dancer ..... In other words, readers kind of rock." N.N.  
  • "Those books you know you'll love forever even before you start them. And after reading it for the x-th time, you smile to yourself about how right you were." N.N.  
  • "TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book." N.N. 
  • "We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there, too." N.N.  
  • "We settle to read any work of fiction with the same anticipation that primitive folk felt as they gathered closer to the fire and the storyteller began the tale." N.N.
  • "When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too." N.N.    
  • "When reading, we don't fall in love with the characters' appearance. We fall in love with their words, their thoughts, and their hearts. We fall in love with their souls." N.N. 
  • "When we open our favourite books, we do so to spend time with our best friends." N.N. 
  • "When you're a reader, nobody can call you spineless." N.N. 
  • "You mean to tell me librarians don't live at the library?" N.N.