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  • #1
    Stephen King
    “Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
    Stephen King

  • #2
    William Golding
    “There have been so many interpretations of the story that I'm not going to choose between them. Make your own choice. They contradict each other, the various choices. The only choice that really matters, the only interpretation of the story, if you want one, is your own. Not your teacher's, not your professor's, not mine, not a critic's, not some authority's. The only thing that matters is, first, the experience of being in the story, moving through it. Then any interpretation you like. If it's yours, then that's the right one, because what's in a book is not what an author thought he put into it, it's what the reader gets out of it”
    William Golding, Lord of the Flies

  • #3
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #4
    Stephen King
    “Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.”
    Stephen King, The Shining

  • #5
    John Lennon
    “You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.”
    John Lennon

  • #6
    Albert Einstein
    “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #7
    Leo F. Buscaglia
    “To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
    To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
    To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
    To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
    To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
    To love is to risk not being loved in return.
    To hope is to risk pain.
    To try is to risk failure.
    But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
    Leo F. Buscaglia

  • #8
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." I'd like to show how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #9
    Anne Tyler
    “I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.”
    Anne Tyler

  • #10
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    “The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” and the others - a very small minority - who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.”
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

  • #11
    Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #12
    Agatha Christie
    “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
    Agatha Christie

  • #13
    Shirley Jackson
    “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

  • #14
    Joseph J. Ellis
    “Because he could not afford to fail, he could not afford to trust.”
    Joseph Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington

  • #15
    Stephen King
    “Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”
    Stephen King, The Shining

  • #16
    Stephen King
    “He would write it for the reason he felt that all great literature, fiction and nonfiction, was written: truth comes out, in the end it always comes out. He would write it because he felt he had to.”
    Stephen King, The Shining

  • #17
    Abraham Lincoln
    “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #18
    Norman Rush
    “Literature is humanity talking to itself.”
    Norman Rush

  • #19
    Groucho Marx
    “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
    Groucho Marx

  • #20
    J.K. Rowling
    “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  • #21
    J.K. Rowling
    “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #22
    Patti Smith
    “We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark.”
    Patti Smith, Just Kids

  • #23
    Patti Smith
    “Paths that cross will cross again.”
    Patti Smith, Just Kids

  • #24
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
    Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

  • #25
    Becky Chambers
    “All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.”
    Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • #26
    Douglas Adams
    “The story so far:
    In the beginning the Universe was created.
    This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe