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  • #1
    Philip Roth
    “Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.”
    Philip Roth

  • #2
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
    Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • #3
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

  • #4
    Flannery O'Connor
    “Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”
    Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

  • #5
    Flannery O'Connor
    “People without hope not only don't write novels, but what is more to the point, they don't read them.”
    Flannery O'Connor

  • #6
    John Waters
    “If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!”
    John Waters

  • #7
    John Waters
    “It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”
    John Waters

  • #8
    John Waters
    “Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it's the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it.”
    John Waters, Role Models

  • #9
    John Keats
    “Here lies one whose name was writ on water.”
    John Keats

  • #10
    John Waters
    “You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.”
    John Waters

  • #11
    John Lubbock
    “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
    John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

  • #12
    Umberto Eco
    “We live for books.”
    Umberto Eco

  • #13
    Joan Didion
    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
    Joan Didion, The White Album

  • #14
    Joan Didion
    “I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
    Joan Didion

  • #15
    Joan Didion
    “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”
    Joan Didion, On Self-Respect

  • #16
    Joan Didion
    “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
    Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

  • #17
    Joan Didion
    “One thing in my defense, not that it matters: I know something Carter never knew, or Helene, or maybe you. I know what "nothing" means, and keep on playing.”
    Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays

  • #18
    Joan Didion
    “You have to pick the places you don't walk away from.”
    Joan Didion

  • #19
    Vincent van Gogh
    “It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.”
    Vincent Van Gogh

  • #20
    Peter Mayle
    “Why not make a daily pleasure out a daily necessity.”
    Peter Mayle

  • #21
    Peter Mayle
    “I like to have my morning newspaper ironed before I read it. I like to have my shoes boned before they are polished. I like to sit in the back of the car and be driven. I like beds to be made, dishes to be washed, grass to be cut, drinks to be served, telephones to be answered, and common tasks to be dealt with invisibly and efficiently so that I can devote my time to major decisions like the choice of wines for dinner and who to vote for in the next election for the mayor of my village.

    That is life as it should be lived, and all it takes is money and servants.”
    Peter Mayle

  • #22
    Fran Lebowitz
    “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
    Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

  • #23
    Douglas Adams
    “Don't Panic.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #24
    Douglas Adams
    “You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”
    Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

  • #25
    “When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”
    Robert Anthony

  • #26
    Douglas Adams
    “Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was.

    "Is there any tea on this spaceship?" he asked.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #27
    Mark Twain
    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
    Mark Twain

  • #28
    I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #29
    Oscar Wilde
    “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #30
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
    Gustave Flaubert



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