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  • #1
    Tove Jansson
    “There are empty spaces that must be respected – those often long periods when a person can’t see the pictures or find the words and needs to be left alone.”
    Tove Jansson, Fair Play

  • #2
    China Miéville
    “My job is never boring," Staples said. "There's nuts-and-bolts stuff like getting the tarpaulin over the shaft when it rains, and so in. Cataloging and reshelving. The shelves are in a shocking state. And when you've got everything ever written or lost to keep track of, it's quite a job. And there's fetching books.

    "I used to really look forward to requests for books way down in the abyss. We'd all rope up, follow our lines down for miles. The order falls apart a way down but you learn to sniff out class-marks. Sometimes we'd be gone for weeks, fetching volumes.' She spoke with a faraway voice.

    "There are risks. Hunters, animals, and accidents. Ropes that snap. Sometimes someone gets separated. Twenty years ago, I was in a group looking for a book someone had requested. I remember, it was called 'Oh, All Right Then': Bartleby Returns. We were led by Ptolemy Yes. He was the man taught me. Best librarian there's ever been, some say.

    "Anyway, after weeks of searching, we ran out of food and had to turn back. No one likes it when we fail, so none of us were feeling great.

    "We felt that much worse when we realized that we'd lost Ptolemy.

    "Some people say he went off deliberately. That he couldn't bear not to find the book. That he's out there still in the Wordhoard Abyss, living off shelf-monkeys, looking. And that he'll be back one day, book in his hand.”
    China Miéville, Un Lun Dun

  • #3
    Yohji Yamamoto
    “For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.”
    Yohji Yamamoto

  • #4
    Terry Pratchett
    “The Librarian considered matters for a while. So…a dwarf and a troll. He preferred both species to humans. For one thing, neither of them were great readers. The Librarian was, of course, very much in favor of reading in general, but readers in particular got on his nerves. There was something, well, sacrilegious about the way they kept taking books off the shelves and wearing out the words by reading them. He liked people who loved and respected books, and the best way to do that, in the Librarian’s opinion, was to leave them on the shelves where Nature intended them to be.”
    Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
    tags: humor

  • #5
    Terry Pratchett
    “Students, eh? Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't hit them with a shovel!”
    Terry Pratchett, Making Money

  • #6
    C.S. Lewis
    “I'm a beast, I am, and a Badger what's more. We don't change. We hold on.”
    C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

  • #7
    Roald Dahl
    “Badger: The cuss you are.
    Mr. Fox: The cuss am I? Are you cussing with me?”
    Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • #8
    Terry Pratchett
    “It looked like the sort of book described in library catalogues as 'slightly foxed', although it would be more honest to admit that it looked as though it had been badgered, wolved and possibly beared as well.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic

  • #9
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “1) I love you not for whom you are,
    but who i am when i'm by your side.
    2) No person deserves your tears,
    and who deserves them won't make you cry.
    3) Just because someone doesn't love you as you wish,
    it doesn't mean you're not loved with all his/her being.
    4) A true friend is the one,
    who hold your hand and touches your heart.
    5) The worst way to miss someone is,
    to be seated by him/her and know you'll never have him/her.
    6) Never stop smiling not even when you're sad,
    someone might fall in love with your smile.
    7) You may only be a person in this world,
    but for someone you're the world.
    8) Don't spend time with someone,
    who doesn't care spending it with you.
    9) Maybe God wants you to meet many wrong people,
    before you meet the right one,so when it happens you'll be thankful.
    10) Dont cry because it came to an end,
    smile because it happened.
    11) There will always be people who'll hurt you,
    so you need to continue trusting, just be careful.
    12) Become a better person and be sure to know who you are,
    before meeting someone new and hoping that person knows who you are.
    13) Don't struggle so much,
    best things happen when not expected.”
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

  • #10
    Jeanette Winterson
    “your morse code interferes with my heart beat. I had a steady heart before you, I replied upon it, it had seen active service and grown strong. Now you alter its pace with your own rhythm you play upon me, drumming me taught.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #11
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Language is what stops the heart exploding.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #12
    Mathias Malzieu
    “ I love you crookedly because my heart's been unhinged from birth. The doctors gave me strict instructions not to fall in love: my fragile clockwork heart would never survive. But when you gave me a dose of love so powerful - far beyond my wildest dreams - that I felt able to confront anything for you, I decided to put my life in your hands.”
    Mathias Malzieu, La Mécanique du cœur

  • #13
    Neil Gaiman
    “You know how is it when you love someone? And the hard part, the bad part, the Jerry Springer Show part is that you never stop loving someone. There's always a piece of them in your heart.”
    Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

  • #14
    Terry Pratchett
    “But we're a university! We have to have a library!" said Ridcully. "It adds tone. What sort of people would we be if we didn't go into the library?"

    "Students," said Senior Wrangler morosely.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent

  • #15
    Terry Pratchett
    “I know that I am a small, weak man, but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places.”
    Terry Pratchett, Snuff

  • #16
    Terry Pratchett
    “There are many horrible sights in the multiverse. Somehow, though, to a soul attuned to the subtle rhythms of a library, there are few worse sights than a hole where a book ought to be.”
    Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

  • #17
    Jeanette Winterson
    “You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?”
    Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

  • #18
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #19
    Neil Gaiman
    “Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although not so well as I would like. I want to be there when your eyes flutter open in the morning, and you see me, and you smile. Surely this would be paradise enough?). So I do declare myself to you now, with pen set to paper. I declare it again: I love you.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #20
    Neil Gaiman
    “I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn't that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they'll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don't know. She probably didn't even know I was there. But I'll always love her. All my life.”
    Neil Gaiman, World's End

  • #21
    Neil Gaiman
    “There are a hundred things she has tried to chase away the things she won't remember and that she can't even let herself think about because that's when the birds scream and the worms crawl and somewhere in her mind it's always raining a slow and endless drizzle.

    You will hear that she has left the country, that there was a gift she wanted you to have, but it is lost before it reaches you. Late one night the telephone will sign, and a voice that might be hers will say something that you cannot interpret before the connection crackles and is broken.

    Several years later, from a taxi, you will see someone in a doorway who looks like her, but she will be gone by the time you persuade the driver to stop. You will never see her again.

    Whenever it rains you will think of her. ”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #22
    Neil Gaiman
    “Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.”
    Neil Gaiman, Season of Mists

  • #23
    Neil Gaiman
    “That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Wake

  • #24
    Bob Marley
    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
    Bob Marley

  • #25
    Jeanette Winterson
    “The truth is that you can divide your heart in all sorts of interesting ways - a little here, a little there, most banked at home, some of it coined out for a flutter. But love cleaves through the mind's mathematics. Love's lengthways splits the heart in two - the heart where you are, the heart where you want to be. How will you heal your heart when love has split it in two?”
    Jeanette Winterson, The Powerbook
    tags: love

  • #26
    Jeanette Winterson
    “No. Take the heart first. Then you don't feel the cold so much. The pain so much. With the heart gone, there's no reason to stay your hand. Your eyes can look on death and not tremble. It's the heart that betrays us, makes us weep, makes us bury our friends when we should be marching ahead. It's the heart that sickens us at night and makes us hate who we are. It's the heart that sings old songs and brings memories of warm days.”
    Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

  • #27
    Jeanette Winterson
    “He scarred her arm...but she did not care because she loved him and she knew that love leaves a wound that leaves a scar.”
    Jeanette Winterson, The Daylight Gate

  • #28
    Elizabeth Kostova
    “Today I will go to wait for her again, because I cannot help it, because my whole being seems now to be bound up in the being of one so different from myself and yet so exquisitely familiar that I can scarely understand what has happened.”
    Elizabeth Kostova, La historiadora
    tags: love

  • #29
    Elizabeth Kostova
    “I've read there is no such thing as a single tear, that old poetic trope. And perhaps there isn't, since hers was simply a companion to my own.”
    Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

  • #30
    Elizabeth Kostova
    “As an adult I have often known that peculiar legacy time brings to the traveler: the longing to seek out a place a second time, to find deliberately what we stumbled on once before, to recapture the feeling of discovery. Sometimes we search out again even a place that was not remarkable itself - we look for it simply because we remember it. If we do find it, of course, everything is different. The rough-hewn door is still there, but it's much smaller; the day is cloudy instead of brilliant; it's spring instead of autumn; we're alone instead of with three friends. Or worse, with three friends instead of alone.”
    Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian



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