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  • #1
    Hermann Hesse
    “That is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged — to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony.”
    Hermann Hesse, Gertrude

  • #2
    Franz Kafka
    “Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #3
    William Faulkner
    “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
    William Faulkner, Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

  • #4
    Wisława Szymborska
    “When I pronounce the word Future,
    the first syllable already belongs to the past.

    When I pronounce the word Silence,
    I destroy it.”
    Wisława Szymborska, Poems New and Collected

  • #5
    Carol Shields
    “Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”
    Carol Shields, The Republic of Love

  • #6
    Jean de La Fontaine
    “A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”
    Jean de La Fontaine, Fables

  • #7
    Marcel Proust
    “Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
    Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

  • #8
    Irving Stone
    “There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”
    Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense

  • #9
    Iris Murdoch
    “Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”
    Iris Murdoch, Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature

  • #10
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #11
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

  • #12
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
    Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

  • #13
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #14
    Woody Allen
    “I'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.”
    Woody Allen

  • #15
    J.K. Rowling
    “I DON'T CARE!" Harry yelled at them, snatching up a lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. "I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!"
    "You do care," said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • #16
    J.K. Rowling
    “You'll stay with me?'
    Until the very end,' said James.”
    J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • #17
    William Shakespeare
    “To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause: there's the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
    The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
    The insolence of office and the spurns
    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
    When he himself might his quietus make
    With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
    The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
    Be all my sins remember'd!”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  • #18
    S.E. Hinton
    “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”
    S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

  • #19
    Raymond Chandler
    “There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.”
    Raymond Chandler, Long Goodbye

  • #20
    Alexandre Dumas
    “Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.”
    Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

  • #21
    Brian Selznick
    “Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you'd be able to find whatever you were looking for.”
    Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck

  • #22
    Aldous Huxley
    “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #23
    George Bernard Shaw
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

  • #24
    Emily Brontë
    “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
    Emily Jane Brontë , Wuthering Heights

  • #25
    J.K. Rowling
    “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • #26
    Herman Melville
    “A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”
    Herman Melville, Pierre: or, the Ambiguities

  • #27
    James Baldwin
    “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
    James Baldwin

  • #28
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #29
    Martin Amis
    “Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black.”
    Martin Amis, The Second Plane: 14 Responses to September 11

  • #30
    Frank McCourt
    “You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
    Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes

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