October 8, 2011


Books about the act of reading and/or books.

Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them. — Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. — Walter Cronkite

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much! — Jane Austen

I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be. — Elizbeth Scott, Bloom

I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket. — Ray Bradbury, article on raybradbury.com

As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning. — Neil Gaiman

For my 25,000th Tweet, a request: If you worry about the future, or just hope to make the world better, buy a book for a child today. — Neil Gaiman

There are no heroines following the shining paths of romantic adventure, as do the heroes of boys’ books…Of course girls have been reading so-called ‘boys’ books’ ever since there were such. But consider what it means to do so. Instead of closing the covers with shining eyes and the happy thought, ‘That might happen to me someday!’ the girls, turning the final page, can only sigh regretfully, ‘Oh, dear, that can never happen to me – because I’m not a boy!’ — Amelia Earhart

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose. — Margaret Atwood

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. — Jorge Luis Borges

Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity…We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort their ready access reassurance. — A.E. Newton

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. — Ernest Hemingway

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. — harles William Elliot

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. — Madeline L’Engle

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. — Lemony Snicket

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. — Herman Hesse

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. — Victor Hugo

All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk. — Lemony Snicket

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

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. — Frederick Douglass

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. — Louisa May Alcott

Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window. — William Faulkner

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