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  • #1
    “If my nightmare is a culture inhabited by posthumans who regard their bodies as fashion accessories rather than the ground of being, my dream is a version of the posthuman that embraces the possibilities of information technologies without being seduced by fantasies of unlimited power and disembodied immortality, that recognizes and celebrates finitude as a condition of human being, and that understands human life is embedded in a material world of great complexity, one on which we depend for our continued survival.”
    N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics


  • #2
    Ray Bradbury
    “You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
    Ray Bradbury


  • #3
    Ray Bradbury
    “The books are to remind us what asses and fool we are. They're Caeser's praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, "Remember, Caeser, thou art mortal." Most of us can't rush around, talking to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Don't ask for guarantees. And don't look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


  • #4
    Ray Bradbury
    “There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.”
    Ray Bradbury


  • #5
    William Shakespeare
    “I can see he's not in your good books,' said the messenger.
    'No, and if he were I would burn my library.”
    William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


  • #6
    Lemony Snicket
    “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish


  • #7
    Neil Gaiman
    “Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
    Neil Gaiman


  • #8
    Michael Moore
    “I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group.
    They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them. You know, they've had their budgets cut. They're paid nothing. Books are falling apart. The libraries are just like the ass end of everything, right?


    Michael Moore


  • #9
    Frank Zappa
    “Information is not knowledge.
    Knowledge is not wisdom.
    Wisdom is not truth.
    Truth is not beauty.
    Beauty is not love.
    Love is not music.
    Music is THE BEST.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #10
    Tom Waits
    “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
    We are monkeys with money and guns.”
    Tom Waits


  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”
    Mark Twain


  • #12
    Carlos María Domínguez
    “To build up a library is to create a life. It's never just a random collection of books.”
    Carlos María Domínguez, The House of Paper


  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain


  • #14
    We read to know we're not alone.
    “We read to know we're not alone.”
    William Nicholson, Shadowlands


  • #15
    Mark Twain
    “Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read.”
    Mark Twain


  • #16
    Lemony Snicket
    “Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.”
    Lemony Snicket


  • #17
    Alvin Toffler
    “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”
    Alvin Toffler


  • #18
    Alvin Toffler
    “The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.”
    Alvin Toffler


  • #19
    Susan Sontag
    “Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
    Susan Sontag


  • #20
    Susan Sontag
    “Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art. ”
    Susan Sontag


  • #21
    Susan Sontag
    “A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world."

    [Speech upon being awarded the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (Peace Prize of the German Book Trade), Frankfurt Book Fair, October 12, 2003]”
    Susan Sontag


  • #22
    Susan Sontag
    “If literature has engaged me as a project, first as a reader, then as a writer, it is as an extension of my sympathies to other selves, other domains, other dreams, other territories.”
    Susan Sontag




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