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  • #1
    Louisa May Alcott
    “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
    Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience


  • #2
    Patrice Kindl
    “You need not laugh; 'tis perfectly true.”
    Patrice Kindl, Goose Chase


  • #3
    Jane Austen
    “From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


  • #4
    Jane Austen
    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


  • #5
    Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    “With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I caused his decapitation. (I did not.) Marshaling what little dignity I yet possessed, I stomped down the corridor - challenging indeed with one shoe - and around the corner. I lay awake for hours. The prince had no right, not one, to indict me so, and if I had held the slightest hope of the book's assistance, I would have climbed at once to my wizard room for a spell with which to punish him. Death, perhaps, or humiliation. A croaking frog would be nice, particularly a frog that retained Florian's dark eyes. I should keep it in a box and poke it occasionally with a stick; that would be satisfying indeed.”
    Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Princess Ben
    tags: humor


  • #6
    Cameron Dokey
    “A story is alive, as you and I are. It is rounded by muscle and sinew. Rushed with blood. Layered with skin, both rough and smooth. At its core lies soft marrow of hard, white bone. A story beats with the heart of every person who has ever strained ears to listen. On the breath of the storyteller, it soars. Until its images and deeds become so real you can see them in the air, shimmering like oases on the horizon line. A story can fly like a bee, so straight and swift you catch only the hum of its passing. Or move so slowly it seems motionless, curled in upon itself like a snake in the sun. It can vanish like smoke before the wind. Linger like perfume in the nose. Change with every telling, yet always remain the same.”
    Cameron Dokey


  • #7
    Shannon Hale
    “Right now I'd like all my troubles to stand in front of me in a straight line, and one by one I'd give each a black eye. ”
    Shannon Hale, The Goose Girl


  • #8
    Mary Ann Shaffer
    “That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
    Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


  • #9
    Shannon Hale
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little”
    Shannon Hale, Austenland


  • #10
    Polly Shulman
    “What I mean is, all the terrible things that happen in fairy tales seem real. Or not real, but genuine. Life is unfair, and the bad guys keep winning and good people die. But I like how that's not always the end of it...Evil is real, but so is good. They always say fairy tales are simplistic, black and white, but I don't think so. I think they're complicated. That's what I love about them.”
    Polly Shulman, The Grimm Legacy


  • #11
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien


  • #12
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
    "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


  • #13
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


  • #14
    Tahir Shah
    “My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind.”
    Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams


  • #15
    Tahir Shah
    “To Succeed, you must reach for the stars, and let your imagination find its own path”
    Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams




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