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  • #1
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #2
    Samuel Beckett
    “I use the words you taught me. If they don't mean anything any more, teach me others. Or let me be silent.”
    Samuel Beckett, Endgame

  • #3
    Charlotte Brontë
    “To you I am neither man nor woman. I come before you as an author only. It is the sole standard by which you have a right to judge me--the sole ground on which I accept your judgment.”
    Charlotte Brontë

  • #4
    Virginia Woolf
    “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #5
    Virginia Woolf
    “Books are the mirrors of the soul.”
    Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

  • #6
    Samuel Beckett
    “The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh.”
    Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

  • #7
    Samuel Beckett
    “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
    Samuel Beckett

  • #8
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

  • #9
    I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #10
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #11
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
    “Never stop smiling not even when you're sad, someone might fall in love with your smile.”
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

  • #12
    Junot Díaz
    “That’s life for you. All the happiness you gather to yourself, it will sweep away like it’s nothing. If you ask me I don’t think there are any such things as curses. I think there is only life. That’s enough.”
    Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • #13
    Junot Díaz
    “It's never the changes we want that change everything.”
    Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • #14
    Junot Díaz
    “You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view 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."

    [Becoming a Writer/ The List, O Magazine, November 2009]”
    Junot Díaz

  • #15
    Junot Díaz
    “Travel light. She extended her arms to embrace her house, maybe the whole world.”
    Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • #16
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
    Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

  • #17
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #18
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “From childhood's hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #19
    T.S. Eliot
    “Do I dare
    Disturb the universe?
    In a minute there is time
    For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #20
    T.S. Eliot
    “April is the cruelest month, breeding
    lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    memory and desire, stirring
    dull roots with spring rain.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

  • #21
    Sylvia Plath
    “Out of the ash
    I rise with my red hair
    and I eat men like air.”
    Sylvia Plath, Ariel: The Restored Edition

  • #22
    Rosemarie Urquico
    “You should date a girl who reads.
    Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

    Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

    She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

    Buy her another cup of coffee.

    Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

    It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

    She has to give it a shot somehow.

    Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

    Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

    Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

    If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

    You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

    You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

    Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

    Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
    Rosemarie Urquico

  • #23
    James Joyce
    “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”
    James Joyce, Ulysses

  • #24
    James Joyce
    “Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
    James Joyce, Ulysses

  • #25
    James Joyce
    “Shut your eyes and see.”
    James Joyce

  • #26
    James Joyce
    “All Moanday, Tearday, Wailsday, Thumpsday, Frightday, Shatterday.”
    James Joyce

  • #27
    James Joyce
    “Love loves to love love.”
    James Joyce, Ulysses

  • #28
    James Joyce
    “Your battles inspired me - not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.”
    James Joyce

  • #29
    John Milton
    “All is not lost, the unconquerable will, and study of revenge, immortal hate, and the courage never to submit or yield.”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #30
    John Milton
    “Innocence, Once Lost, Can Never Be Regained. Darkness, Once Gazed Upon, Can Never Be Lost.”
    John Milton



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