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  • #1
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #2
    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


  • #3
    Apple Inc.
    “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
    Apple Inc.


  • #4
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


  • #5
    Jamie Ford
    “But choosing to lovingly care for her was like steering a plane into a mountain as gently as possible. The crash is imminent; it's how you spend your time on the way down that counts.”
    Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


  • #6
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #7
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
    Mahatma Gandhi


  • #8
    Sebastian Barry
    “After all the world is indeed beautiful and if we were any other creature than man we might be continuously happy in it.”
    Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture


  • #9
    Bernard M. Baruch
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch


  • #10
    Eleanor Brown
    “She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. "A few hundred," she said.
    "How do you have the time?" he asked, gobsmacked.
    She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging in dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in reflective surfaces? I am reading!
    "I don't know," she said, shrugging.”
    Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters


  • #11
    Patrick Ness
    “You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”
    Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls


  • #12
    Julian Barnes
    “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.”
    Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot


  • #13
    If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


  • #14
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You


  • #15
    Edith Wharton
    “My little old dog
    a heart-beat
    at my feet”
    Edith Wharton


  • #16
    Neil Gaiman
    “Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane


  • #17
    Diane Setterfield
    “He felt something move in his chest, as though an organ had been removed and something unfamiliar left in its place. A sentiment he had never suspected the existence of bloomed in him. It traveled from his chest along his veins to every limb. It swelled in his head, muffled his ears, stilled his voice, and collected in his feet and fingers. Having no language for it, he remained silent, but felt it root, become permanent.”
    Diane Setterfield, Bellman & Black


  • #18
    Diane Setterfield
    “People remembered. They wept and they grieved. In the spaces between, they were glad that the leeks were doing well this year, envied the bonnet of the neighbor's cousin, relished the fragrance of pork roasting in the kitchen on Sunday. There were those that registered the beauty of a pale moon suspended behind the branches of the elms on the ridge.”
    Diane Setterfield, Bellman & Black


  • #19
    Tom McNeal
    “For you, I was a chapter. For me, you were the book.”
    Tom McNeal


  • #20
    Tom McNeal
    “Sometimes I think the cover of a book as a door to another world...but other times I think of it as an escape hatch from this one. I guess it's the same thing.”
    Tom McNeal


  • #21
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
    then walks with us silently out of the night.

    These are the words we dimly hear:

    You, sent out beyond your recall,
    go to the limits of your longing.
    Embody me.

    Flare up like a flame
    and make big shadows I can move in.

    Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
    Just keep going. No feeling is final.
    Don't let yourself lose me.

    Nearby is the country they call life.
    You will know it by its seriousness.

    Give me your hand.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God


  • #22
    Donna Tartt
    “But sometimes, unexpectedly, grief pounded over me in waves that left me gasping; and when the waves washed back, I found myself looking out over a brackish wreck which was illumined in a light so lucid, so heartsick and empty, that I could hardly remember that the world had ever been anything but dead.”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch


  • #23
    Donna Tartt
    “Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch


  • #24
    Diane Setterfield
    “There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
    Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale


  • #25
    Diane Setterfield
    “All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes -- characters even -- caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”
    Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale


  • #26
    Diane Setterfield
    “People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”
    Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale


  • #27
    William Kent Krueger
    “The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air.”
    William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace


  • #28
    Amy Bloom
    “You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
    Amy Bloom


  • #29
    Dave Eggers
    “Listen, twenty years ago, it wasn’t so cool to have a calculator watch, right? And spending all day inside playing with your calculator watch sent a clear message that you weren’t doing so well socially. And judgments like ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ and ‘smiles’ and ‘frowns’ were limited to junior high. Someone would write a note and it would say, ‘Do you like unicorns and stickers?’ and you’d say, ‘Yeah, I like unicorns and stickers! Smile!’ That kind of thing. But now it’s not just junior high kids who do it, it’s everyone, and it seems to me sometimes I’ve entered some inverted zone, some mirror world where the dorkiest shit in the world is completely dominant. The world has dorkified itself.”
    Dave Eggers, The Circle


  • #30
    “She was afraid of numbers the way some people are of spiders. The sight of them made her want to hide. What I loved about them, their clarity, was for her duplicity. Behind an innocent 2,or 5, or 9, she spied a mass of traps and pitfalls.”
    Margot Livesey, The Flight of Gemma Hardy




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