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  • #1
    Gordon Brown
    “There are values far beyond those of contracts, markets and exchange”
    Gordon Brown, Moving Britain Forward: Selected Speeches, 1997-2006

  • #2
    Alan Bennett
    “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
    Alan Bennett, The History Boys

  • #3
    “Brown responded that he could not conceive of recommending that Britain join the Euro to advance his own prospects at the expense of the economic interest of the country”
    Anthony Seldon, Blair Unbound

  • #4
    Jane Austen
    “I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem from love”
    Jane Austen

  • #5
    Curtis Sittenfeld
    “We have to make mistakes, it's how we learn compassion for others.”
    Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife

  • #6
    William Shakespeare
    “Our doubts are traitors,
    and make us lose the good we oft might win,
    by fearing to attempt.”
    William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

  • #7
    Sebastian Faulks
    “I suppose that each of us may have a great moment in our life, a month, a week a year, when we are most fully what we are meant to be ”
    Sebastian Faulks

  • #8
    Sebastian Faulks
    “Shakespeare drew a map of the human mind as clearly as Newton mapped the heavens. Wht is one considered science and the other fir only to be mocked with jokes about pretty girls and drury lane?”
    Sebastian Faulks

  • #9
    Tony Blair
    “The right to demand the best and refuse the worst and do so not by virtue of your wealth, but your equal status as citizen, thats precisely what the modern Labour Party should stand for”
    Tony Blair

  • #10
    Alan Bennett
    “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”
    Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

  • #11
    Alan Bennett
    “Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.”
    Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

  • #12
    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

  • #13
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    “You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
    Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

  • #14
    The world was hers for the reading.
    “The world was hers for the reading.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • #15
    Margaret Atwood
    “Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #16
    Alfred Tennyson
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
    Alfred Tennyson

  • #17
    Harper Lee
    “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
    - Atticus Finch”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • #18
    Harper Lee
    “It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • #19
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

  • #20
    Lewis Carroll
    “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #21
    Richard Ben Cramer
    “It's like a drug, the feeling you could make a difference....”
    Richard Ben Cramer

  • #22
    Isabelle Eberhardt
    “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
    Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

  • #23
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night, and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #24
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #25
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #26
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #27
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther ... And one fine morning ---”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #28
    Toni Morrison
    “Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.”
    Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993

  • #29
    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
    “A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are, after all, no more than mere spectators of life.”
    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Rashomon and Other Stories

  • #30
    Harper Lee
    “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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