Bibliophilia Quotes

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Christopher  Morley
“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”
Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

Sarah Addison Allen
“After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind. You can never change the beginning. But you can always change the end.”
Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

Montesquieu
“I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage”
Charles de Secondate

Elizabeth Bishop
“Open the book. (The gilt rubs off the edges of the pages and pollinates the fingertips.)”
Elizabeth Bishop

Umberto Eco
“We stopped to browse in the cases, and now that William - with his new glasses on his nose - could linger and read the books, at every title he discovered he let out exclamations of happiness, either because he knew the work, or because he had been seeking it for a long time, or finally because he had never heard it mentioned and was highly excited and titillated. In short, for him every book was like a fabulous animal that he was meeting in a strange land.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

Mikita Brottman
“Should he give free reign to his desires, the bibliomaniac can ruin his life along with the lives of his loved ones. He'll often take better care of his books than of his own health; he'll spend more on fiction than he does on food; he'll be more interested in his library than in his relationships, and, since few people are prepared to live in a place where every available surface is covered with piles of books, he'll often find himself alone, perhaps in the company of a neglected and malnourished cat. When he dies, all but forgotten, his body might fester for days before a curious neighbor grows concerned about the smell.”
Mikita Brottman

Steven Millhauser
“But what struck me was the book-madness of the place--books lay scattered across the unmade bed and the top of a battered-looking desk, books stood in knee-high piles on the floor, books were crammed sideways and right side up in a narrow bookcase that rose higher than my head and leaned dangerously from the wall, books sat in stacks on top of a dingy dresser. The closet door was propped open by a pile of books, and from beneath the bed a book stuck out beside the toe of a maroon slipper.”
Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“Never before had I felt trapped, so seduced and caught up in a story,' Clara explained, 'the way I did with that book. Until then, reading was just a duty, a sort of fine one had to pay teachers and tutors without quite knowing why. I had never known the pleasure of reading, of exploring the recesses of the soul, of letting myself be carried away by imagination, beauty, and the mystery of fiction and language. For me all those things were born with that novel. This is a world of shadows, Daniel, and magic is a rare asset. That book taught me that by reading, I could live more intensely. It could give me back the sight I had lost. For that reason alone, a book that didn't matter to anyone, changed my life.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“My ears become my conduit to the world. In the darkness I listen—to thrillers, to detective novels, to romances; to family sagas, potboilers and historical novels; to ghost stories and classic fiction and chick lit; to bonkbusters and history books. I listen to good books and bad books, great books and terrible books; I do not discriminate. Steadily, hour after hour, in the darkness I consume them all.”
Anna Lyndsey, Girl in the Dark

Michael Cox
“But greater than all these delights would be the possession of this wondrous library for my own use and pleasure. What more could my bibliophile's soul ask for? Here were marvels without end, treasures beyond knowing. You have seen the worst of me in these confessions. Here, then, let me throw into the opposite side of the balance, what I truly believe is the best of me: my devotion to the mental life, to those divine faculties of intellect and imagination which, when exercised to the utmost, can make gods of us all.”
Michael Cox, The Meaning of Night

“By way of this unprecedented, unbridled literary promiscuity, I have made some pleasant discoveries.”
Anna Lyndsey, Girl in the Dark

Michael Dirda
“A good rule of thumb is: Pack twice as many books as changes of underwear.”
Michael Dirda, Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

Geraldine Brooks
“Until you opened it, the book was nothing that an untrained eye would look twice at.”
Geraldine Brooks

Michael Dirda
“The memory of a tone, the rhythm of an author's sentences, the sorrow we felt on a novel's last page--perhaps that is all that we can expect to keep from books.”
Michael Dirda, Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments

Ray Bradbury
“This is incredible. This is quite amazing because who you're honoring tonight is not only myself but the ghost of a lot of your favorite writers. And I wouldn't be here except that they spoke to me in the library. The library's been the center of my life. I never made it to college. I started going to the library when I graduated from high school. I went to the library every day for three or four days a week for 10 years and I graduated from the library when I was 28.”
Ray Bradbury

Jack O'Connell
“It's an old story, really: seduced and corrupted, in the end, by an obsessive love for the text.”
Jack O'Connell, Word Made Flesh

“O my darling books…how dear to me are they all! For have I not chosen them one by one, gathered them in with the sweat of my brow? I do love you all! It seems as if, by long and sweet companionship, you had become part of myself.”
Antoine Issac, Baron Silvestre de Sacy

Alan Jacobs
“Our goal as adults is not to love all books alike, or as few as possible, but rather to love as widely and as well as our limited selves will allow.”
Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

“I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN most interested in the question of what makes a house a home. What are the elements that move a house beyond its physical structure and provide the warmth that we all crave? In my fifteen years as a designer, I’ve come to understand that the answer is simple: It is about surrounding ourselves with things we love.

(...) And in this case, the beauty comes from the owners’ love of books.

Books are beautiful objects in their own right—their bindings and covers—and the space they fill on shelves or stacked on coffee tables in colorful piles add balance and texture to any room. And just like any other part of a home, books require maintenance: They need to be dusted, categorized, rearranged, and maintained. Our relationship with them is dynamic and ever changing.

But our connection to them goes beyond the material. In each house we visited, the libraries were the heart of the home, meaningful to the collectors’ lives. In this book, we tried to capture what they brought to the home—the life and spirit books added. Some subjects have working libraries they constantly reference; others fill their shelves with the potential pleasures of the unread. When we visited the homes, many people could find favorite books almost by osmosis, using systems known only to themselves.

(...) As we found repeatedly, surrounding yourself with books you love tells the story of your life, your interests, your passions, your values. Your past and your future. Books allow us to escape, and our personal libraries allow us to invent the story of ourselves—and the legacy that we will leave behind.

There’s a famous quote attributed to Cicero: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” If I suspected this before, I know it now. I hope you’ll find as much pleasure in discovering these worlds as we did.”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“I’ll sit in the living room and I’ll go through them, either looking for something I remember seeing, or for something to catch my eye and inspire me. And with books, there’s still an element of serendipity; you see new elements from day to day.”

Kathleen Hackett & Stephen Antonson”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“BERNARD. (To DONALD.) Donald, read any new libraries lately?

DONALD. One or three. I did the complete works of Doris Lessing this week. I've been depressed.

[. . .]

BERNARD. Some people eat, some people drink, and some take dope.

DONALD. I read.

MICHAEL. And read and read and read. It's a wonder your eyes don't turn back in your head at the sight of a book jacket.

HANK. Well, at least he's a constructive escapist.”
Mart Crowley

Jacques Bonnet
“The book is the precious material expression of a past emotion, or the chance of having one in years to come, and to get rid of it would bring the risk of a serious sense of loss. (p. 28)”
Jacques Bonnet

Italo Calvino
“Du hast offenbar die Gewohnheit, mehrere Bücher gleichzeitig zu lesen, dir für die verschiedenen Stunden des Tages verschiedene Lektüren zu wählen. Auch für die verschiedenen Ecken deiner immerhin doch recht kleinen Wohnung: Es gibt Bücher für deinen Nachtisch, andere finden ihren Platz neben dem Sessel, in der Küche oder im Bad.
Dies könnte ein wichtiger Zug sein zur Ergänzung deines Porträts: Dein Geist hat innere Wände, mit denen du verschiedene Zeiten voneinander abtrennen kannst, um darin je nachdem innezuhalten oder vorwärtszustürmen und dich abwechselnd auf verschiedene Kanäle zu konzentrieren. Genügt das bereits, um sagen zu können, daß du gern mehrere Leben gleichzeitig leben würdest? Oder sie gar schon lebst? Daß du dein Leben mit einer Person oder in einer bestimmten Umgebung abtrennst von deinem Leben mit anderen oder woanders? Daß du bei jeder neuen Erfahrung von vornherein eine Enttäuschung mit einkalkulierst, die nicht kompensiert werden kann, es sei denn durch die Summe aller Enttäuschungen?”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

“Knausgaard alternates between periods of intense reading and not reading at all; the mountains of books are, he says, largely aspirational. He classifies them into three categories: books he wants to read, books he has to read, and books he feels he ought to read. In the last, unchanging category—which he calls the superego heap—you’ll find a large number of books on philosophy.”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“I have a bad memory and too many books,” distributed among four homes, “so I waste lots of time walking around searching” for a specific book. This has its upside: he’s often surprised by books he’d forgotten.”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“I DON’T CALL MYSELF A BIBLIOPHILE,” says the illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, gesturing to the twelve-foot-high bookshelves that line the salon of his Left Bank apartment. “Those people like original editions with certain paper or watermarks.…That doesn’t interest me at all. Bibliophiles prefer the pages uncut, some of them; the edition might be wonderful, but what is the point of a book you can’t read? I just like to read my books.” Le-Tan is, by his own admission, a lover of beautiful things—but it’s obvious he lives with his hundreds of volumes rather than among them.”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“I DIDN’T START OUT AS A BOOK LOVER,” admits Phillip Lim. “Initially, it was more about pragmatism: seeking knowledge having to do with research on work, on my interiors, building a home, even a word I wanted to understand more. But what I love about books is, once you start, you get to go deeper and deeper and deeper into a subject, and from there you go to another book, and another book, and soon after, you have a wall of books. And then you have two walls of books. And then—” The designer indicates the floor-to-ceiling bookcases that serve as the focal point of his loft apartment.

“Books are how I learn,” Lim continues, “but I’m not nostalgic. I hate to look back; books inform you, but then they also become decoration. That may sound horrible to a true book lover, but I feel I honor them by making these objects part of my aesthetic world.”

PHILLIP LIM”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT A LIBRARY, and I cannot live without a garden,” says Vik Muniz. “A garden is where we negotiate with nature—a place between the wild and the tame—and a library is where we confront everything.”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

“Books are such great gifts, because they don’t just say what you think about the book, but about the person you’re giving them to.”

MARK LEE”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

Chimnese Davids
“I  am  a  woman  who  can  say  I  am  enough  and  I  am worthy.  I  found  myself  by  helping  others  in  the  midst of  my  own  pain.  We  can  only  give  ourselves  over  to Him  without  borders,  and  without  holding  back,  just like  I  am  each  day  asking  Him  for  direction  and  for strength.  When  I  look  at  the  women  in  the  Bible, Tamar  seduced  her  husband’s  father  and  got pregnant  with  his  child,  Rehab  was  a  prostitute, Bathsheba  cheated  on  her  husband  and  had  a child  by  David  and  Mary  Magdalene  was  an adulterous  woman,  yet  Jesus  looked  into  their  souls and  gave  them  a  powerful  story,  that  still  today can  be  an  example  to  us  all.  ”
Chimnese Davids, Redeeming Soul

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