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    The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
    “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
    William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts

  • #2
    François Mauriac
    “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”
    François Mauriac

  • #3
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #4
    Richard Wright
    “I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.”
    Richard Wright, Black Boy

  • #5
    George R.R. Martin
    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

  • #6
    Stephen King
    “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #7
    C.S. Lewis
    “In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself...I see with a myriad of eyes,but it is still I who see.”
    C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

  • #8
    Harper Lee
    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • #9
    Jack London
    “He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”
    Jack London, The Call of the Wild

  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #11
    John le Carré
    “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”
    John le Carré

  • #12
    William Faulkner
    “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
    William Faulkner

  • #13
    Augustine of Hippo
    “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
    Augustine of Hippo

  • #14
    Neil Gaiman
    “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds... Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You

  • #15
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”
    Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

  • #16
    C.S. Lewis
    “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #17
    Susan Sontag
    “My library is an archive of longings.”
    Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980

  • #18
    Carl Sandburg
    “Time is the coin of your life. You spend it. Do not allow others to spend it for you.”
    Carl Sandburg

  • #19
    Julian Barnes
    “This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature.”
    Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

  • #20
    Virginia Woolf
    “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • #21
    Lemony Snicket
    “Wicked people never have time for reading. It's one of the reasons for their wickedness.”
    Lemony Snicket

  • #22
    John Irving
    “You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

  • #23
    Betty Friedan
    “Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
    Betty Friedan

  • #24
    Vincent van Gogh
    “Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”
    Vincent van Gogh

  • #25
    C.S. Lewis
    “I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

  • #26
    Bohumil Hrabal
    “I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop.”
    Bohumil Hrabal

  • #27
    Elizabeth Wein
    “It's like being in love, discovering your best friend.”
    Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

  • #28
    Elizabeth Wein
    “I am no longer afraid of getting old. Indeed I can't believe I ever said anything so stupid. So childish. So offensive and arrogant.
    But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old.”
    Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

  • #29
    Benjamin Franklin
    “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  • #30
    Anna Akhmatova
    “You will hear thunder and remember me,
    and think: she wanted storms...”
    Anna Akhmatova



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