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  • #1
    Thomas Mann
    “We do not fear being called meticulous, inclining as we do to the view that only the exhaustive can be truly interesting.”
    Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

  • #2
    Logan Pearsall Smith
    “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”
    Logan Pearsall Smith

  • #3
    Gustave Flaubert
    “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

  • #4
    Ben Okri
    “We can redream this world and make the dream come real. Human beings are gods hidden from themselves. ”
    Ben Okri, The Famished Road

  • #5
    Henry James
    “I have in my own fashion learned the lesson that life is effort, unremittingly repeated. ”
    Henry James

  • #6
    W.G. Sebald
    “It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.”
    W.G. Sebald, Vertigo

  • #7
    Henry James
    “Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.”
    Henry James, Theory of Fiction: Henry James

  • #8
    V.S. Naipaul
    “The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.”
    V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

  • #9
    Richard Ford
    “Maturity, as I conceived it, was recognizing what was bad or peculiar in life, admitting it has to stay that way, and going ahead with the best of things. ”
    Richard Ford, The Sportswriter

  • #10
    “I read only to please myself, and enjoy only what suits my taste.”
    Voltaire, Candide and Other Tales

  • #11
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “What surprises you in life? The marvel of consciousness -- that sudden window swinging open on a sunlit landscape amidst the night of non-being.”
    Vladimir Nabokov

  • #12
    Robert Frost
    “The best way out is always through.”
    Robert Frost

  • #13
    Allan Bloom
    “The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is.”
    Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

  • #14
    Jane Austen
    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
    Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

  • #15
    G.K. Chesterton
    “There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.”
    G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

  • #16
    Thomas Mann
    “In books we never find anything but ourselves. Strangely enough, that always gives us great pleasure, and we say the author is a genius.”
    Thomas Mann

  • #17
    Thomas Mann
    “I have always been an admirer, I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.”
    Thomas Mann

  • #18
    Herman Melville
    “Evil is the chronic malady of the universe, and checked in one place, breaks forth in another. ”
    Herman Melville, Mardi and a Voyage Thither

  • #19
    Herman Melville
    “Better to sink in boundless deeps, than float on vulgar shoals; and give me, ye Gods, an utter wreck, if wreck I do.”
    Herman Melville, Mardi and a Voyage Thither

  • #20
    Karl Barth
    “It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille they play Mozart.”
    Karl Barth

  • #21
    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

  • #22
    Roger Fry
    “J.S. Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.”
    Roger Fry

  • #23
    Roberto Bolaño
    “One should read Borges more.”
    Roberto Bolaño

  • #24
    Dean Martin
    “I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”
    Dean Martin

  • #25
    Roberto Bolaño
    “Without turning, the pharmacist answered that he liked books like The Metamorphosis, Bartleby, A Simple Heart, A Christmas Carol. And then he said that he was reading Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Leaving aside the fact that A Simple Heart and A Christmas Carol were stories, not books, there was something revelatory about the taste of this bookish young pharmacist, who ... clearly and inarguably preferred minor works to major ones. He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecouchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze a path into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.”
    Roberto Bolaño

  • #26
    Roberto Bolaño
    “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

  • #27
    Joyce Carol Oates
    “I'm drawn to failure. I feel that I'm contending with it constantly in my own life.”
    Joyce Carol Oates

  • #28
    James Joyce
    “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.”
    James Joyce, Ulysses

  • #29
    James Joyce
    “Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.”
    James Joyce

  • #30
    Cynthia Ozick
    “James (like the far more visceral Conrad) seizes your life. ”
    Cynthia Ozick, Trust: A Novel

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