Bookish Quotes

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Betty  Smith
“The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church. She pushed open the door and went in. She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library past and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Laini Taylor
“...but one can't be irredeemable who shows reverence for books.”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

Gerald Morris
“Why, he was so handsome and brave that no one would ever have suspected that he was bookish!”
Gerald Morris, Parsifal's Page

Rachel Caine
“Delighted," Jess said. "I think all houses should be stuffed with books. It makes them--"
"Homes?" the doctor finished. "You are quite the heretic, for someone in a Library uniform."
"Guilty.”
Rachel Caine, Ash and Quill

Pamela Paul
“This is every reader's catch-22: the more you read, the more you realize you haven't read; the more you yearn to read more, the more you understand that you have, in fact, read nothing. There is no way to finish, and perhaps that shouldn't be the goal.”
Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Patricia Duncker
“The cats are asleep at the end of my bed and all around me, the thundery silence of L'Escarènere, caught at last in the rising flood of warm air, carrying the sand from the south. The Alps are folded above in the flickering light. And on the desk in the room beneath lies the writing which insists that the only escape is through the absolute destruction of everything you have ever known, loved, cared for, believed in, even the shell of yourself must be discarded with contempt; for freedom costs no less than everything, including your generosity, self-respect, integrity, tenderness - is that really what i wanted to say? It's what I have said. Worse still, I have pointed out the sheer creative joy of this ferocious destructiveness and the liberating wonder of violence. And these are dangerous messages for which I am no longer responsible.”
Patricia Duncker

Tim Tharp
“Here in the realm of books she’s self-assured. She has some of the control she doesn’t have anywhere else.”
Tim Tharp

Brian K. Vaughan
“Well, you know what they say, the reader is the final contributor. Cheers for doing the heavy lifting.”
Brian K. Vaughan

George Eliot
“Love gives insight, Maggie, and insight often gives foreboding. Listen to me, let me supply you with books; do let me see you sometimes, be your brother and teacher, as you said at Lorton. It is less wrong that you should see me than that you should be committing this long suicide.”
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

Jesse Giles Christiansen
“And to love such a librarian requires a surrendering to her eccentricities, a bowing to her pathological quietness, an obeisance to a reticence that is utterly untreatable. If you cannot commit to this sort of dedication, then let her be. Let her wander in wonder among her books and live out her days in her own world without you.”
Jesse Giles Christiansen, Pelican Bay

M.R. James
“Those who spend the greater part of their time in reading or writing books are, of course, apt to take rather particular notice of accumulations of books when they come across them. They will not pass a stall, a shop, or even a bedroom-shelf without reading some title, and if they find themselves in an unfamiliar library, no host need trouble himself further about their entertainment.”
M.R. James

Virginia Woolf
“It was this that made him attractive to women, who liked the sense that he was not altogether manly. There was something unusual about him, or something behind him. It might be that he was bookish -- never came to see you without taking up the book on the table (he was now reading, with his bootlaces trailing on the floor)...”
Virginia Woolf

Pamela Paul
“To whom do books belong? The books we read and the books we write are both ours and not ours. They're also theirs.”
Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Julie   Murphy
“Mom, I feel good. This dress makes me feel like someone I didn't know I could be. I've never owned anything like it. But if when you see this - when you see me- you think it's a pity, that it's a shame I didn't lose a few, then screw you, Mom. Try harder.”
Julie Murphy

Erin Forbes
“I have grown to realize that there are very few impossibilities in our world.”
Erin Forbes, Fire & Ice: The Lost Dreamer

Pamela Paul
“Books gnaw at me from around the edges of my life, demanding more time and attention. I am always left hungry.”
Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

“I have given up on reality and am now simply searching for a good fantasy.”
John Jay Simmons

Joyce Rachelle
“She was a poetry book with the wrong dust jacket, shelved in the Reference section.”
Joyce Rachelle

Jennifer E. Smith
“They were just so different, and she kept wondering if he'd realize this was a mistake at some point; if, once she stopped being the novelty, the random American, he would recognize who she really was -- a nerdy bookworm, a happy loner -- and move on.”
Jennifer E. Smith, The Geography of You and Me

Charles Martin
“Back home, I went to my closet and pulled out the old engineer’s transit case stored there. When we were kids, Emma and I had found it in the attic, dusty and empty, and the leather strap used to carry it had a small cut in it. The tag on the top of the wooden-hinged lid read Circa 1907. It was mostly weatherproof and offered plenty of room for the things I valued—like books.”
Charles Martin, When Crickets Cry

Pamela Paul
“Whenever one of us introduced an old favorite, we savored the other's first delight like a shared meal eaten with a newly acquired gusto, as if we'd never truly tasted it before.”
Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Colleen Chen
“The nobles had made reading unpopular, as it showed that one couldn’t afford to buy spells or magical devices, since one had to get knowledge to do things the ordinary way; even if this view held little logic, the king himself was known to insult readers as “bookfaces” or “unable to think for themselves, so they need to spout what others have said,” and these opinions became popular, as did most views expressed by the king or his son.”
Colleen Chen, Dysmorphic Kingdom

Irvine Welsh
“Sitting in the brightly lit library, surrounded by books, in total silence, that was ma personal zenith.”
Irvine Welsh, Skagboys

Daniel Keyes
“That's the most important thing. If I keep reading, maybe I can hold my own.”
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

“She wrote books—and she was happy.”
Veda Bardot

Pamela Paul
“All of us are writers reading other people's writing, turning pages or clicking to the next screen with pleasure and admiration. All of us absorb other people's words, feeling like we have gotten to know the authors personally in our own ways, even if just a tiny bit. True, we may also harbor jealousy or resentment, disbelief or disappointment. We may wish we had written those words ourselves or berate ourselves for knowing we never could or sigh with relief that we didn't, but thank goodness someone else has.”
Pamela Paul, By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review

Joseph Conrad
“An author writes only half the book. The rest is written by readers.”
Joseph Conrad

Adam Langer
“That the author is speaking only to us, that he is writing only for us, that no one on Earth has the same relationship to that author as we do. I have the same fantasy every time I read a book I love, no matter who wrote it, no matter when it was written. That the author has written his book only for me.”
Adam Langer

Erin Forbes
“The pen provides a pathway for the musings of the heart.”
Erin Forbes

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