Quotes About Books

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Gabrielle Zevin
“I can promise you books and conversation and all my heart.”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Helene Hanff
“I love inscriptions on flyleaves and notes in margins, I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned, and reading passages someone long gone has called my attention to.”
Helene Hanff, 84, Charing Cross Road

Helene Hanff
“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”
Helene Hanff, Q's Legacy

John Lubbock
“Our great mistake in education is, as it seems to me, the worship of book-learning–the confusion of instruction and education. We strain the memory instead of cultivating the mind. The children in our elementary schools are wearied by the mechanical act of writing, and the interminable intricacies of spelling; they are oppressed by columns of dates, by lists of kings and places, which convey no definite idea to their minds, and have no near relation to their daily wants and occupations; while in our public schools the same unfortunate results are produced by the weary monotony of Latin and Greek grammar. We ought to follow exactly the opposite course with children–to give them a wholesome variety of mental food, and endeavor to cultivate their tastes, rather than to fill their minds with dry facts. The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. What does it matter if the pupil know a little more or a little less? A boy who leaves school knowing much, but hating his lessons, will soon have forgotten almost all he ever learned; while another who had acquired a thirst for knowledge, even if he had learned little, would soon teach himself more than the first ever knew.”
John Lubbock, The Pleasures of Life

Virginia Woolf
“Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned--in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages?”
Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room

Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Michael Chabon
“All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.”
Michael Chabon

Leonard Cohen
“I've forgotten most of what I've read and, frankly, it never seemed very important to me or to the world.”
Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers
tags: books

Dejan Stojanovic
“You not only are hunted by others, you unknowingly hunt yourself.”
Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Stéphane Mallarmé
“The world exists to end up in a book.”
Stéphane Mallarmé

In your hands winter is a book with cloud pages that snow pearls of love.
“In your hands winter
is a book with cloud pages
that snow pearls of love.”
Aberjhani, Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry

Patrick O'Brian
“Sir,’ said Stephen, ‘I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them--I look upon good novels--as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.”
Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation

Eleanor Brown
“We were never organized readers who would see a book through to its end in any sory of logical order. We weave in and out of words like tourists on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Put a book down in the kitchen to go to the bathroom and you might return to find it gone, replaced by another of equal interest. We are indiscriminate.”
Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters

Wallace Stevens
The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm

The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,

Wanted to lean, wanted much to be
The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.

The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.

And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself

Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.”
Wallace Stevens, Transport to Summer

Virginia Woolf
“Beneath my eyes opens -- a book; I see to the bottom; the heart -- I see to the depths. I know what loves are trembling into fire; how jealousy shoots its green flashes hither and thither; how intricately love crosses love; love makes knots; love brutally tears them apart. I have been knotted; I have been torn apart.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

“مهما كان توجهك في الحياة حاول في كل يوم أن تبذل القليل من الجهد لقراءة المقالات أو الكتب التي تخالفك الرأي وكل ما تفعله هو توسيع مدراكك وفتح قلبك أمام الجديد من الأفكار وسيقلل هذا الإنفتاح الجديد من التوتر الذي يسببه الإبتعاد عن وجهات النظر الأخرى وهذا التمرين بالإضافة إلى كونه شائقاً سوف يساعدك على رؤية البراءة في تصرفات الغير علاوة على مساعدتك في التحلي بالمزيد من الصبر كما سيزداد استرخاؤك وتصبح إنساناً أعمق فلسفة لأنك ستبدأ بإدراك المنطق وراء وجهات النظر الأخرى.”
ريتشارد كارلسون

Douglas Coupland
“Books turn people into isolated individuals, and once that's happened, the road only grows rockier. Books wire you to want to be Steve McQueen, but the world wants you to be SMcQ23667bot@hotmail.com.”
Douglas Coupland, Generation A

“The books we read help to shape who we are. Reading offers us, as children, our first independence- allowing us to travel far beyond the confines of our immediate world. Books introduce us to great figures in history, narratives that stir our spirit, fictions that tug us out of ourselves and into the lives of a thousand others, and visions of every era through which human beings have lived. And in the process of stretching who we are, books also connect us to all others- of our own or previous times- who have read what we've read. In the community of readers, we instantly become linked to those who share our love for specific characters or passages.

A well-composed book,' says Caroline Gordon, 'is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”
Ben Jacobs, The Quotable Book Lover

Deb Caletti
“If time heals all wounds, and a book can hold a person's entire life, then you can speed up the process with a pulp time warp.”
Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Lawrence Clark Powell
“We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.”
Lawrence Clark Powell

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
“Un buen escritor se aprecia mejor por lo que rompe que por lo que publica.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
tags: books

George Orwell
“There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later:”
George Orwell, A Collection of Essays
tags: books

Rachel Kadish
“Books. People have no idea how beautiful books are. How they taste on your fingers. How bright everything is when you light it with words.”
Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story
tags: books

Rita Mae Brown
“Oh well, maybe the only beauty left in cities is in the oil slicks on the road and maybe there isn't any beauty left in the people who live in these places.”
Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle

Christopher Morley
“The world has been printing books for 450 years, and yet gunpowder still has a wider circulation. Never mind! Printer's ink is the greater explosive: it will win.”
Christopher Morley
tags: books

Berkeley Breathed
“Some of us find our lives abridged even before the paperback comes out. ”
Berkeley Breathed

نجلاء حسن
“* نجلاء ..
نجلااااء ...
نجلااااااااء ... .
- الساعة الآن التاسعة صباحاً إنهضي
وإنفضي عن وسادتكِ رذاذ الأحلام ،
كان هذا صوتها أمي لتفيقني من ذاك
الحلم الذي كنت أهذي به كل ليلة !
تمنيت حينها لو أصيبت ذاكرتي بغيبوبة عن
واقع لا يحتويه ،
عن واقع لا يعانق وجوده !
أفقت وكعادتي أمضي إلى طريق مجهول
ومسافات غريبة أحمل حقائب أحلامي
وأجمع بها لوحاتي وأمل أتسكع به
على دهاليز مدينتي الباريسية !”
نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

Louis L'Amour
“Books are precious things, but more than that, they are the strong backbone of civilization. They are the thread upon which it all hangs, and they can save us when all else is lost.”
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man

Douglas Rushkoff
“The function of a book is to provide a reading experience.”
Douglas Rushkoff

Franz Kafka
“I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn't shake us awake like a blow on the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? So that it can make us happy, as you put it? Good God, we'd be just as happy if we had no books at all; books that make us happy we could, in a pinch, also write ourselves. What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is what I believe.”
Franz Kafka

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