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  • #1
    Nick Hornby
    “All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”
    Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree


  • #2
    Nick Hornby
    “People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity


  • #3
    Nick Hornby
    “Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time that it takes you forward, so you feel nostagic and hopeful all at the same time.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity


  • #4
    Nick Hornby
    “The trouble with my generation is that we all think we're fucking geniuses. Making something isn't good enough for us, and neither is selling something, or teaching something, or even just doing something; we have to be something.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down


  • #5
    Nick Hornby
    “Please stop patronizing those who are reading a book - The Da Vinci Code, maybe- because they are enjoying it. For a start, none of us know what kind of an effort this represents for the individual reader. It could be his or her first full-length adult novel; it might be the book that finally reveals the purpose and joy of reading to someone who has hitherto been mystified by the attraction books exert on others. And anyway, reading for enjoyment is what we should all be doing. I don't mean we should all be reading chick lit or thrillers (although if that's what you want to read, it's fine by me, because here's something no one else will tell you: if you don't read the classics, or the novel that won this year's Booker Prize, then nothing bad will happen to you; more importantly,nothing good will happen to you if you do); I simply mean that turning pages should not be like walking through thick mud. The whole purpose of books is that we read them, and if you find you can't, it might not be your inadequacy that's to blame. "Good" books can be pretty awful sometimes.”
    Nick Hornby, Housekeeping vs. the Dirt


  • #6
    Nick Hornby
    “That’s the thing with the young these days, isn’t it? They watch too many happy endings. Everything has to be wrapped up, with a smile and a tear and a wave. Everyone has learned, found love, seen the error of their ways, discovered the joys of monogamy, or fatherhood, or filial duty, or life itself. In my day, people got shot at the end of films, after learning only that life is hollow, dismal, brutish, and short.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down


  • #7
    Nick Hornby
    “I've been thinking with my guts since I was fourteen years old, and frankly speaking, between you and me, I have come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity


  • #8
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #9
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #10
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #11
    J.D. Salinger
    “When you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #12
    J.D. Salinger
    “Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #13
    J.D. Salinger
    “And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I'd probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #14
    J.D. Salinger
    “I love you to pieces, distraction, etc.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey


  • #15
    J.D. Salinger
    “I used to think she was quite intelligent , in my stupidity. The reason I did was because she knew quite a lot about the theater and plays and literature and all that stuff. If somebody knows quite a lot about all those things, it takes you quite a while to find out whether they're really stupid or not.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go? I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #17
    J.D. Salinger
    “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #18
    E.M. Forster
    “What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.”
    E.M. Forster


  • #19
    J.D. Salinger
    “Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.”
    J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories


  • #20
    Nick Harkaway
    “A warsheep would be a cross between a dolphin and a small, limber elephant.”
    Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World
    tags: sheep


  • #21
    Joshua Ferris
    “We loved killing time and had perfected several ways of doing so. We wandered the hallways carrying papers that indicated some mission of business when in reality we were in search of free candy. ”
    Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End


  • #22
    Joshua Ferris
    “We had any number of clocks surrounding us, and every one of them at one time or another exhibited a lively sense of humor.”
    Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End


  • #23
    Joshua Ferris
    “To conform is to lose your soul”
    Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End


  • #24
    Joshua Ferris
    “We suffered failures of imagination just like everyone else, our daring was wanting, and our daily contentment too nearly adequate for us to give it up.”
    Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End


  • #25
    Joshua Ferris
    “Hank Nearly was an avid reader. He arrived early in his brown corduroy coat, with a book taken from the library, copied all the pages on the Xerox machine, and sat at his desk reading what looked passebly like the honest pages of business. He's make it through a three-hundred-page novel every two or three days.”
    Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End


  • #26
    Joshua Ferris
    “It was madness to leave without your useless shit. You came in with it, you left with it--that was how it worked. What would you use to clutter a new office with if not your useless shit? We could remember Old Brizz with this box of useless shit, shifting the box from arm to arm as he talked with the building guy. Of course, Old Brizz never had an office again. His useless shit really was useless. He had cause to leave his useless shit behind. But his was a rare case. All things considered, it was better to take your useless shit with you.”
    Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End
    tags: satire


  • #27
    Jack Kerouac
    “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road


  • #28
    Jack Kerouac
    “Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together; sophistication demands that they submit to sex immediately without proper preliminary talk. Not courting talk — real straight talk about souls, for life is holy and every moment is precious.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road
    tags: sex


  • #29
    Jack Kerouac
    “The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll


  • #30
    Jack Kerouac
    “Sal, we gotta go and never stop going 'till we get there.'
    'Where we going, man?'
    'I don't know but we gotta go.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road




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