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  • #1
    Lemony Snicket
    “If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.”
    Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window

  • #2
    Julian Barnes
    “Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.”
    Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

  • #3
    Ezra Pound
    “Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
    Ezra Pound

  • #4
    Anton Chekhov
    “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    Anton Chekhov

  • #5
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
    Lloyd Alexander

  • #6
    John Steinbeck
    “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”
    John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

  • #7
    Jane Yolen
    “Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”
    Jane Yolen, Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood

  • #8
    Virginia Woolf
    “Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • #9
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #10
    Philip Pullman
    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    Philip Pullman

  • #11
    Ovid
    “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”
    Ovid, Heroides

  • #12
    Flannery O'Connor
    “I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.”
    Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

  • #13
    Mark Twain
    “April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.”
    Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson and Other Tales

  • #14
    Lois Lowry
    “It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere.”
    Lois Lowry

  • #15
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
    Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

  • #16
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.”
    Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays

  • #17
    Nick Hornby
    “The plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
    Nick Hornby, How to Be Good

  • #18
    William Shakespeare
    “All that glisters is not gold;
    Often have you heard that told:
    Many a man his life hath sold
    But my outside to behold:
    Gilded tombs do worms enfold.”
    William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

  • #19
    Robert Penn Warren
    “The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it, would save him.”
    Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

  • #20
    Annie Dillard
    “Like any child, I slid into myself perfectly fitted, as a diver meets her reflection in a pool. Her fingertips enter the fingertips on the water, her wrists slide up her arms. The diver wraps herself in her reflection wholly, sealing it at the toes, and wears it as she climbs rising from the pool, and ever after.”
    Annie Dillard, An American Childhood

  • #21
    Joseph Heller
    “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.”
    Joseph Heller

  • #22
    “Revenge proves its own executioner.”
    John Ford, The Broken Heart

  • #23
    Christopher Morley
    “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”
    Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

  • #24
    William Ralph Inge
    “It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
    William Ralph Inge

  • #25
    Stanley Kunitz
    “The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.”
    Stanley Kunitz

  • #26
    Margaret Atwood
    “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
    Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

  • #27
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

  • #28
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

  • #29
    Alan Bennett
    “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
    Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

  • #30
    W.B. Yeats
    “For he would be thinking of love
    Till the stars had run away
    And the shadows eaten the moon.”
    W.B. Yeats, Selected Poems and Four Plays



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