Bookshop Quotes

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Terry Pratchett
“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Cath Crowley
“It’s like he’s picking up parts of the world and showing them to me, saying, See? It’s beautiful.”
Cath Crowley, Words in Deep Blue

Cath Crowley
“I love lying here with you, under the books.”
Cath Crowley, Words in Deep Blue

“Some people see a bookshop as an archive, or a shrine, or even a time machine. But I think a bookshop is like a map of the world. There are infinite paths you can take through it and none of them are right or wrong. Here in a bookshop we give readers landmarks to help them find their way, but every reader has to learn to set their own compass.”
Anna James, Tilly and the Bookwanderers

Lucy Dillon
“The bookshop felt damp and chilly, but it was still and unsupervised bookshop, and Anna felt a frisson of excitement as she scanned the shelves with greedy eyes. Libraries weren't quite the same, she'd found; something about the prosaic smell of other people's houses and fingers seeping off the pages diluted that sense of magical worlds, but untouched, unread, unexplored books were something else.”
Lucy Dillon, The Secret of Happy Ever After

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You can own a billion books and still be ignorant.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Jane Green
“I am not a people pleaser. I am not a person who says things because she thinks it will make the other person happy, nor am I a person who offers things she cannot deliver because I want the other person to like me.”
Jane Green, Bookends

Jaimie Admans
“Books are magical in that they can transport you to another time and place, introduce you to people you come to know as friends, in both characters, authors and now in real people who, at some point in their lives, have chosen each book as carefully selected gifts for someone they cared about.”
Jaimie Admans, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories

Jane Green
“You must work to live, not live to work.”
Jane Green, Bookends

Jane Green
“That's the problem with lying. You can never remember what you've said.”
Jane Green, Bookends

Jane Green
“If you want to talk about it with someone, then I`m happy to listen, or try and help, but you should only tell me if you want to.”
Jane Green, Bookends

Jaimie Admans
“Books have always been my escape from daily life and now they are my daily life.”
Jaimie Admans, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories

Jane Green
“Forever feels a long time when you're eighteen. When you're away from home for the first time in your life, when you forge instant friendships that are so strong they are destined, surely, to be with you until the bitter end.”
Jane Green, Bookends

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Buying, borrowing, or stealing the book is the easy part.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Jen Campbell
“CUSTOMER: Is your poetry section split up into rhyming and non-rhyming sections?

BOOKSELLER: No, it’s just in alphabetical order. What kind of poetry are you looking for?

CUSTOMER: Rhyming. Preferably iambic pentameter, in poems of no more than ten lines, by a female poet. But, other than that, I don’t mind.”
Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Margareth Stewart
“He realised war was not against an enemy. War is against everything – you never know who is the friend or foe. For Pierre, this bookshop was war.”
Margareth Stewart, Open/Pierre´s journey after war

Mala Naidoo
“A bookshop is a peaceful sanctuary of silent voices waiting to be heard”
Mala Naidoo

Terry Pratchett
“The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a Black Hole that knows how to read.”
Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

Jen Campbell
“Customer: This book has a couple of tears to some of the pages.

Me: Yes, unfortunately some of the older books haven’t had as much love as they should have done from previous owners.

Customer: So, will you lower the price? It says here it’s £20.

Me: I’m sorry but we take into account the condition of the books when we price them; if that book was in a better condition, it would be worth a lot more than £20.

Customer: Well, you can’t have taken this tear here into account *points to page* or this one here *points to another page* because my son did those two minutes ago.

Me: So, the book is now more damaged than it was before, because of your son?

Customer: Yes. Exactly. So will you lower the price?”
Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Jen Campbell
“Customer: Forgotten my glasses, could you read the beginning of this book to me to see if I like it?”
Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Shaun Bythell
“Any bookseller will tell you that, even with 100,000 booksneatly sorted and shelved in a well-lit, warm shop, if you put an unopened box of books in a dark, cold, dimly lit corner, customers will be riffling through it in a matter of moments. The appeal of a box of unsorted, unpriced stock is extroidinary.”
Shaun Bythell, The Diary of a Bookseller

Katarina Bivald
“Elle avait pris l’habitude de laisser la porte entrouverte afin que l’air humide de l’automne se mêle au parfum des livres. Elle avait toujours pensé que l’air automnal et les livres allaient bien ensemble, que les uns comme les autres se mariaient bien avec des plaids, des fauteuils confortables et de grandes tasses de café ou de thé.”
Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Penelope Fitzgerald
“Hojear libros es parte de la tradición de una librería —le dijo Florence—. Debes dejar que se queden y toquen los libros.”
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop

Edmund White
“I remember Ronald Firbank once said, upon entering a bookshop, something like, “Do you have anything in my line, you know, something dreamy and vague?”
Edmund White, The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Choosing to buy a particular book over others only or mainly because it is the cheapest is excusable only if you are learning to read.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The miracle of birth is like fruit on a tree. We are conceived by a seed, and squeezed through the body of our mothers to bloom and grow." – by Jackie Lynaugh”
Jackie Lynaugh, Plantation Hill: a place where money grows on trees

George Orwell
“there are two well-known types of pest by whom every second-hand bookshop is haunted. One is the decayed person smelling of old breadcrusts who comes every day, sometimes several times a day, and tries to sell you worthless books. The other is the person who orders large quantities of books for which he has not the smallest intention of paying.”
George Orwell, Bookshop Memories

Shaun Bythell
“When the old man in the crumpled suit came to the counter to pay for the copy of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, I discreetly pointed out that his fly was open. He glanced down - as if for confirmation of this - then looked back at me and said, 'A dead bird can't fall out of it's nest', and left the shop fly still agape.”
Shaun Bythell, The Diary of a Bookseller

Kim Ghattas
“Beyond the headlines about war and death, the region is alive with music, art, books, theater, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, libraries, cafes, bookshops, poetry, and so much more, as old and young push to reclaim space for cultural expression and freedom of expression.”
Kim Ghattas, Black Wave

Dana Bate
“Kramer's sits on Connecticut Avenue just north of Dupont Circle and is a Washington institution of sorts, functioning as a bookstore, restaurant, and bar all in one. The front always swarms with people perusing the book displays, which overflow with stacks of paperbacks and hardbacks, everything from political memoirs to the juiciest works of fiction.”
Dana Bate, The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

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