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  • #1
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #2
    Virginia Woolf
    “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
    Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

  • #3
    Mark Twain
    “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
    Mark Twain

  • #4
    Jane Austen
    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #5
    Jane Smiley
    “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
    Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

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

  • #7
    Lemony Snicket
    “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #8
    The world was hers for the reading.
    “The world was hers for the reading.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • #9
    Anne Lamott
    “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

  • #10
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
    Ursula K. LeGuin

  • #11
    Arnold Lobel
    “Books to the ceiling,
    Books to the sky,
    My pile of books is a mile high.
    How I love them! How I need them!
    I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
    Arnold Lobel

  • #12
    John Steinbeck
    “I guess there are never enough books.”
    John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia

  • #13
    Maya Angelou
    “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #14
    Virginia Woolf
    “When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #15
    Anna Quindlen
    “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”
    Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

  • #16
    Virginia Woolf
    “I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.”
    Virginia Woolf, The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three, 1923-1928

  • #17
    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

  • #18
    William Goldman
    “He held up a book then. “I'm going to read it to you for relax.”
    “Does it have any sports in it?”
    “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”
    “Sounds okay,” I said and I kind of closed my eyes.”
    William Goldman, The Princess Bride

  • #19
    Emily Dickinson
    “There is no Frigate like a Book
    To take us Lands away
    Nor any Coursers like a Page
    Of prancing Poetry –
    This Traverse may the poorest take
    Without oppress of Toll –
    How frugal is the Chariot
    That bears a Human soul.”
    Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems

  • #20
    Lena Dunham
    “Let's be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”
    Lena Dunham

  • #21
    Mary Oliver
    “I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.”
    Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

  • #22
    Dorothy Parker
    “I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours.”
    Dorothy Parker, The Collected Dorothy Parker

  • #23
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    “My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.”
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

  • #24
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
    Chimamanda Adichie

  • #25
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    “Why did people ask "What is it about?" as if a novel had to be about only one thing.”
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

  • #26
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists