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Quotes About Books

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John Green
“Adult librarians are like lazy bakers: their patrons want a jelly doughnut, so they give them a jelly doughnut. Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: 'You like the jelly doughnut? I’ll get you a jelly doughnut. But you should try my cruller, too. My cruller is gonna blow your mind, kid.”
John Green

Nick Hornby
“I read the fuck out of every book I can get my hands on.”
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

Brandon Mull
“An unread book does nobody any good. Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page.”
Brandon Mull

“If your library is not "unsafe," it probably isn't doing its job.”
John Berry

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The book itself is a curious artifact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn't have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, a human eye, and a human mind. It is not one of a kind, and it is not ephemeral. It lasts. It is reliable. If a book told you something when you were fifteen, it will tell it to you again when you're fifty, though you may understand it so differently that it seems you're reading a whole new book."

(Staying Awake: Notes on the alleged decline of reading, Harper's Magazine, February 2008)”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Mae West
“I only read biographies, metaphysics and psychology. I can dream up my own fiction.”
Mae West

Jean Fritz
“When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.”
Jean Fritz

Ezra Pound
“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
Ezra Pound

Voltaire
“It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part.”
Voltaire

Kathleen Thompson Norris
“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier. ”
Kathleen Thompson Norris, Hands Full of Living

Ray Bradbury
“We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run. And someday we'll remember so much that we'll build the biggest goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in it and cover it up.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Jane Hamilton
“She read books quickly and compulsively, paperback after paperback, as if she might drift away without the anchor of the printed page.”
Jane Hamilton

Holbrook Jackson
“Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.”
Holbrook Jackson

John Waters
“You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.”
John Waters

Jarod Kintz
“Reading a book is like having the ability to dip a straw into the author’s soul and sip and slurp without lowering the water table of wisdom.
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Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

James Patterson
“Nudge threw her arms around my neck. 'I love you Max! I love all of us too!'
Yeah, me too,' Said the Gasman. 'I don't care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together.”
James Patterson

Jarod Kintz
“In a bookstore you can find me in the romance section, because I’m not a lover, I’m a reader.”
Jarod Kintz, Love quotes for the ages. Specifically ages 18-81.

Ray Bradbury
“I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue! Books by the dozen, the score and the billion. I carried so many home I was hunchbacked for years. Philosophy, art history, politics, social science, the poem, the essay, the grandiose play, you name 'em, I ate 'em.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Patrick Rothfuss
“Just handle the books gently and you’ll get along fine.”
Patrick Rothfuss

Alberto Manguel
“I wanted to live among books.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

W. Somerset Maugham
“Insensibly he formed the most delightful habit in the world, the habit of reading: he did not know that thus he was providing himself with a refuge from all the distress of life; he did not know either that he was creating for himself an unreal world which would make the real world of every day a source of bitter disappointment.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

Joe Hill
“She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert: a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue, and cleverness.”
Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Mark Twain
“A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razorstrap. A thing book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.”
Mark Twain

Paulo Coelho
“The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader. That's why we go to movies and say, "Oh, the book is better.”
Paulo Coelho

William Styron
“A good book should leave you....slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”
William Styron

David Almond
“Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in there jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you're off on a journy of exploration and discovery.”
David Almond

Kate Morton
“I don’t have many friends, not the living, breathing sort at any rate. And I don’t mean that in a sad and lonely way; I’m just not the type of person who accumulates friends or enjoys crowds. I’m good with words, but not spoken kind; I’ve often thought what a marvelous thing it would be if I could only conduct relationships on paper. And I suppose, in a sense, that’s what I do, for I’ve hundreds of the other sort, the friends contained within bindings, pages after glorious pages of ink, stories that unfold the same way every time but never lose their joy, that take me by the hand and lead me through doorways into worlds of great terror and rapturous delight. Exciting, worthy, reliable companions - full of wise counsel, some of them - but sadly ill-equipped to offer the use of a spare bedroom for a month or two.”
Kate Morton, The Distant Hours

J.R. Ward
“An active mind didn't need distractions in its physical environment. It needed a collection of outstanding books and a good lamp. Maybe some cheese and crackers.”
J.R. Ward, Lover Unbound

“When I'm really into a novel, I'm seeing the world differently during that time— not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I'm actually walking around in a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.”
Colin Firth

W. Somerset Maugham
“His habit of reading isolated him: it became such a need that after being in company for some time he grew tired and restless; he was vain of the wider knowledge he had acquired from the perusal of so many books, his mind was alert, and he had not the skill to hide his contempt for his companions' stupidity. They complained that he was conceited; and, since he excelled only in matters which to them were unimportant, they asked satirically what he had to be conceited about. He was developing a sense of humour, and found that he had a knack of saying bitter things, which caught people on the raw; he said them because they amused him, hardly realising how much they hurt, and was much offended when he found that his victims regarded him with active dislike. The humiliations he suffered when he first went to school had caused in him a shrinking from his fellows which he could never entirely overcome; he remained shy and silent. But though he did everything to alienate the sympathy of other boys he longed with all his heart for the popularity which to some was so easily accorded. These from his distance he admired extravagantly; and though he was inclined to be more sarcastic with them than with others, though he made little jokes at their expense, he would have given anything to change places with them.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

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