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    Paul Auster
    “We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.”
    Paul Auster

  • #2
    Paul Auster
    “When a person is lucky enough to live inside a story, to live inside an imaginary world, the pains of this world disappear. For as long as the story goes on, reality no longer exists.”
    Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

  • #3
    Paul Auster
    “All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are.”
    Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

  • #4
    Paul Auster
    “And that's why books are never going to die. It's impossible. It's the only time we really go into the mind of a stranger, and we find our common humanity doing this. So the book doesn't only belong to the writer, it belongs to the reader as well, and then together you make it what it is.”
    Paul Auster

  • #5
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

  • #6
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “A lot of people were opposed to it. A lot of people were for it. I myself think about it as little as possible.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard

  • #7
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #8
    Joseph Heller
    “Insanity is contagious.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch-22

  • #9
    Joseph Heller
    “You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you're at war and might get your head blown off any second."

    "I more than resent it, sir. I'm absolutely incensed."

    "You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don't like bigots, bullies, snobs, or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate."

    "Consciously, sir, consciously," Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. "I hate them consciously."

    "You're antagonistic to the idea of being robbed, exploited, degraded, humiliated, or deceived. Misery depresses you. Ignorance depresses you. Persecution depresses you. Violence depresses you. Corruption depresses you. You know, it wouldn't surprise me if you're a manic-depressive!"

    "Yes, sir. Perhaps I am."

    "Don't try to deny it."

    "I'm not denying it, sir," said Yossarian, pleased with the miraculous rapport that finally existed between them. "I agree with all you've said.”
    Joseph Heller, Catch 22

  • #10
    Jerome K. Jerome
    “But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.”
    Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

  • #11
    J.D. Salinger
    “But I do say that educated and scholarly men, if they’re brilliant and creative to begin with—which, unfortunately, is rarely the case—tend to leave infinitely more valuable records behind them than men do who are merely brilliant and creative. They tend to express themselves more clearly, and they usually have a passion for following their thoughts through to the end.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #12
    George Orwell
    “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
    George Orwell, In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950

  • #13
    George Orwell
    “Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.”
    George Orwell

  • #14
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #15
    Albert Camus
    “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
    Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
    Walk beside me… just be my friend”
    Albert Camus

  • #16
    Elie Wiesel
    “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
    Elie Wiesel

  • #17
    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, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #18
    Allen Saunders
    “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”
    Allen Saunders

  • #19
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #20
    Elbert Hubbard
    “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
    Elbert Hubbard

  • #21
    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

  • #22
    Oscar Wilde
    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #23
    Douglas Adams
    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #24
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #25
    Thomas A. Edison
    “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
    Thomas A. Edison

  • #26
    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

  • #27
    Terry Pratchett
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Diggers

  • #28
    Groucho Marx
    “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #29
    Rita Mae Brown
    “The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they're ok, then it's you.”
    Rita Mae Brown

  • #30
    Douglas Adams
    “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



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