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  • #1
    Ciaran Carson
    “I am reminded, now, of Leonardo's advice to painters: You should fix your eyes, he says, on certain walls stained with damp. You will see in these the likenesses of divine landscapes, adorned with mountains, ruins, rocks, extensive plains; and you will see there battles and strange figures engaged in violent actions. For in such walls the same thing happens as in the sound of church bells, in whose reverberations you may find every word imaginable.”
    Ciaran Carson

  • #2
    Oscar Wilde
    “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

  • #3
    Ray Bradbury
    “October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .”
    Ray Bradbury, The October Country

  • #4
    C.S. Richardson
    “He ached for creation. For life to somehow rise from the drawings in his sketching book. For his own energy, his own impressions to swirl and spin on a canvas. For a dream city he had tacked above his bed.”
    C.S. Richardson, The Emperor of Paris

  • #5
    Neil Gaiman
    “I do not believe that all books will or should migrate onto screens: as Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle showed up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there wil always be a place for them.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #6
    Rachel Caine
    “Always remember the words of Descartes: The reading of all good books is like conversion with the finest men of the past centuries.”
    Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

  • #7
    L.M. Montgomery
    “Like all woods, it seemed to be holding and enfolding secrets in its recesses,—secrets whose charm is only to be won by entering in and patiently seeking.”
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams

  • #9
    Kate Morton
    “You make a life out of what you have, not what you're missing.”
    Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

  • #10
    Sebastian Barry
    “I am old enough to know that time passing is just a trick, a convenience. Everything is always there, still unfolding, still happening. The past, the present, and the future, in the noggin eternally, like brushes, combs and ribbons in a handbag.”
    Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture
    tags: time

  • #10
    Susan Vreeland
    “She thought of all the people in all the paintings she had seen that day, not just Father's, in all the paintings of the world, in fact. Their eyes, the particular turn of a head, their loneliness or suffering or grief was borrowed by an artist to be seen by other people throughout the years who would never see them face to face. People who would be that close to her, she thought, a matter of a few arms' lengths, looking, looking, and they would never know her.”
    Susan Vreeland, Girl in Hyacinth Blue

  • #11
    Martin Davies
    “We live in a society that is strangely superstitious about written records. Even while we’re content to countenance the tearing down of rain forests and the destruction of countless unknown organisms ever day, we hold on grimly to our documents and papers. Few of us are immune to this. I keep notes about dead birds for a book I won’t write. Other people keep bills or bank statements or the unsolicited menus of long-closed takeouts. Our national archives bulge with ephemera that may one day transform themselves into history. The Victorian railway builders who demolished irreplaceable Tudor houses were careful to preserve for posterity the details of what they spent on iron and timber. And before that, when the enclosure of land was making an ancient landscape disappear without record, parish clerks were carefully detailing the beginnings and ends of lives that now exist only in their crumbling ledgers.”
    Martin Davies, The Conjurer's Bird

  • #13
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
    "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #14
    Alix E. Harrow
    “My father—who is a true scholar and not just a young lady with an ink pen and a series of things she has to say—puts it much better: “If we address stories as archaeological sites, and dust through their layers with meticulous care, we find at some level there is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and there, us and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”
    Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January



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