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  • #1
    John Green
    “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #2
    Charles Bukowski
    “Lighting new cigarettes,
    pouring more
    drinks.

    It has been a beautiful
    fight.

    Still
    is.”
    Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

  • #3
    Azar Nafisi
    “A novel is not an allegory.... It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don't enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won't be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing.”
    Azar Nafisi
    tags: books

  • #4
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #5
    Virginia Woolf
    “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #6
    John Green
    “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
    John Green, Looking for Alaska

  • #7
    Sara Gruen
    “With a secret like that, at some point the secret itself becomes irrelevant. The fact that you kept it does not.”
    Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

  • #8
    Djuna Barnes
    “We are adhering to life now with our last muscle - the heart.”
    Djuna Barnes

  • #9
    Kathleen McGowan
    “And remember this most of all: when it is darkest, that is when you can see the stars most clearly.”
    Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

  • #10
    Kathleen McGowan
    “The only sweeter than union is reunion.”
    Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

  • #11
    Louise Glück
    “The Red Poppy

    The great thing
    is not having
    a mind. Feelings:
    oh, I have those; they
    govern me. I have
    a lord in heaven
    called the sun, and open
    for him, showing him
    the fire of my own heart, fire
    like his presence.
    What could such glory be
    if not a heart? Oh my brothers and sisters,
    were you like me once, long ago,
    before you were human? Did you
    permit yourselves
    to open once, who would never
    open again? Because in truth
    I am speaking now
    the way you do. I speak
    because I am shattered.”
    Louise Glück

  • #12
    Louise Glück
    “From the beginning of time, in childhood, I thought that pain meant I was not loved. It meant I loved.”
    Louise Glück

  • #13
    “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
    Linda Grayson

  • #14
    Douglas Adams
    “The story so far:
    In the beginning the Universe was created.
    This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #15
    Oscar Wilde
    “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #16
    Virginia Woolf
    “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #17
    Oscar Wilde
    “Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
    Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

  • #18
    Oscar Wilde
    “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: sin

  • #19
    John Green
    “Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
    John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

  • #20
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #21
    Aldous Huxley
    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

  • #22
    John Steinbeck
    “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #23
    John Steinbeck
    “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #24
    John Steinbeck
    “And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #25
    John Steinbeck
    “But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed - because 'Thou mayest.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #26
    John Steinbeck
    “Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? ...Well, think about it. Maybe you're playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #27
    Julia Child
    “The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.”
    Julia Child

  • #28
    T.S. Eliot
    “Do I dare
    Disturb the universe?
    In a minute there is time
    For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #29
    T.S. Eliot
    “For I have known them all already, known them all—
    Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Others
    tags: life

  • #30
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald



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