Bookshops Quotes

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Jen Campbell
“bookshops are
time machines
spaceships
story-makers
secret-keepers
dragon-tamers
dream-catchers
fact-finders
& safe places.

(this book is for those who know this to be true)”
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

Jen Campbell
“CUSTOMER: If I were to, say... meet the love of my life in this bookshop, what section do you think they would be standing in?”
Jen Campbell, Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Jen Campbell
“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.”
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

Kathleen Tessaro
“My husband claims I have an unhealthy obsession with secondhand bookshops. That I spend too much time daydreaming altogether. But either you intrinsically understand the attraction of searching for hidden treasure amongst rows of dusty shelves or you don't; it's a passion, bordering on a spiritual illness, which cannot be explained to the unaffected.

True, they're not for the faint of heart. Wild and chaotic, capricious and frustrating, there are certain physical laws that govern secondhand bookstores and like gravity, they're pretty much nonnegotiable. Paperback editions of D. H. Lawrence must constitute no less than 55 percent of all stock in any shop. Natural law also dictates that the remaining 45 percent consist of at least two shelves worth of literary criticism on Paradise Lost and there should always be an entire room in the basement devoted to military history which, by sheer coincidence, will be haunted by a man in his seventies. (Personal studies prove it's the same man. No matter how quickly you move from one bookshop to the next, he's always there. He's forgotten something about the war that no book can contain, but like a figure in Greek mythology, is doomed to spend his days wandering from basement room to basement room, searching through memoirs of the best/worst days of his life.)

Modern booksellers can't really compare with these eccentric charms. They keep regular hours, have central heating, and are staffed by freshly scrubbed young people in black T-shirts. They're devoid of both basement rooms and fallen Greek heroes in smelly tweeds. You'll find no dogs or cats curled up next to ancient space heathers like familiars nor the intoxicating smell of mold and mildew that could emanate equally from the unevenly stacked volumes or from the owner himself. People visit Waterstone's and leave. But secondhand bookshops have pilgrims. The words out of print are a call to arms for those who seek a Holy Grail made of paper and ink.”
Kathleen Tessaro, Elegance

Jen Campbell
“These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers. They are dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders, and safe places. They are full of infinite possibilities and tales worth taking home.”
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

Jen Campbell
“Perhaps that is the best way to say it: printed books are magical, and real bookshops keep that magic alive.”
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

Jen Campbell
“Who wouldn't want to get married in a room full of love stories?”
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

Alyson Richman
“There was also something about the smell of bookshops that was strangely comforting to her. She wondered if it was the scent of ink and paper, or the perfume of binding, string, and glue. Maybe it was the scent of knowledge. Information. Thoughts and ideas. Poetry and love. All of it bound into one perfect, calm place.”
Alyson Richman, The Garden of Letters

Jen Campbell
“These days, we've got booksellers in cities, in deserts, and in the middle of a rain forest; we've got travelling bookshops, and bookshops underground. We've got bookshops in barns, in caravans and in converted Victorian railway stations. We've even got booksellers selling books in the middle of a war.

Are bookshops still relevant? They certainly are.

All bookshops are full of stories, and stories want to be heard.”
Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

Sully Tarnish
“I've stolen books. They're the only thing worth taking that don't belong to you.”
Sully Tarnish, The Dragon and the Apprentice: A Wizard's Wager

Veronica Henry
“After all, a town without a bookshop was a town without a heart.”
Veronica Henry, How to Find Love in a Bookshop

Stephanie Butland
“Archie says books are our best lovers and our most provoking friends.”
Stephanie Butland, Lost For Words

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

Christopher Fowler
“Second hand bookshops are best visited alone and in the rain.”
Christopher Fowler, The Book of Forgotten Authors

Melissa Albert
“Like all good bookshops, Edgar's was a pocket universe, where time moved slow as clouds.”
Melissa Albert, The Night Country

Kathleen Tessaro
“…secondhand bookstores have pilgrims. The words out of print are a call to arms for those who seek a Holy Grail made of paper and ink.”
Kathleen Tessaro, Elegance

Zadie Smith
“And then she reverses direction and heads straight for Willesden Bookshop, an independent shop that rents space from the council and provides--no matter what Brent Council may claim--an essential local service. It is run by Helen. Helen is an essential local person. I would characterize her essentialness in the following way: 'Giving the people what they didn't know they wanted.' Important category.”
Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When you buy a book at a reasonable price, you buy a new perspective on life, and such a new perspective is priceless because it can open many doors previously closed to you!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

George Orwell
“Many of the people who came to us were of the kind who would be a nuisance anywhere but have special opportunities in a bookshop”
George Orwell, Bookshop Memories

Jack Vance
“I had contrived a method by which a transient might locate the best restaurant in town. He must find the local bookshop and take advice from the proprietor, who infallibly will possess this information. Why the bookshop? Because bookshop owners are usually discriminating gourmets without too much money.”
Jack Vance, This Is Me, Jack Vance!: Or, More Properly, This Is "I"

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 truth is that literature can grab hold of us and capture our entire attention. It can transport us to other worlds, free us from every day cares. We can lose ourselves in literature.”
Thomas Montasser, A Very Special Year

“A cabinet of fantasies, a source of knowledge, a collection of lore from past and present, a place to dream....a bookshop can be so many things.”
Thomas Montasser, A Very Special Year

“The discoveries in this wonderful cabinet of dreams, the scents of all the new and old books, the aroma of their experiences and promises, their curses and prophesies, of the hands in which they had rested, the care with which the paper manufacturer, printer and binder had worked on them, the ink with which they were printed, the glue, the cloth, the leather, the covers and dust-jackets, the stitching, the ribbons and the tissue paper. No perfumery could produce as perfect a blend from the interplay of countless aromas as a bookshop, in which old and new works were arranged with love.”
Thomas Montasser, A Very Special Year

“Discovering a book meant freely rising above the demands of everyday life and uprooting your own existence from the here and now in order to plant it elsewhere.”
Thomas Montasser, A Very Special Year

“Books are dangerous in a country where freedom does not exist.”
Thomas Montasser, A Very Special Year

Virginia Woolf
“But here, none too soon, are the second-hand bookshops. Here we find anchorage in these thwarting currents of being; here we balance ourselves after the splendours and miseries of the streets.”
Virginia Woolf, Street Haunting

George Orwell
“there are always plenty of not quite certifiable lunatics walking the streets, and they tend to gravitate towards bookshops, because a bookshop is one of the few places where you can hang about for a long time without spending any money. In the end one gets to know these people almost at a glance. For all their big talk there is something moth-eaten and aimless about them.”
George Orwell, Bookshop Memories

Alice Feeney
“I've always felt safe in bookshops. It's as though the stories inside them can rescue me from myself and the rest of the world. A literary sanctuary filled with shelves of paper-shaped parachutes, which will save you when you fall.”
Alice Feeney, I Know Who You Are

Melissa Albert
“My heart settled as I walked in, breathing coffee and paper and sunburnt dust. Like all good bookshops, Edgar's was a pocket universe, where time moved slow as clouds.”
Melissa Albert, The Night Country

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