Collecting Quotes

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Orhan Pamuk
“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.”
Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

José Saramago
“There are people like Senhor José everywhere, who fill their time, or what they believe to be their spare time, by collecting stamps, coins, medals, vases, postcards, matchboxes, books, clocks, sport shirts, autographs, stones, clay figurines, empty beverage cans, little angels, cacti, opera programmes, lighters, pens, owls, music boxes, bottles, bonsai trees, paintings, mugs, pipes, glass obelisks, ceramic ducks, old toys, carnival masks, and they probably do so out of something that we might call metaphysical angst, perhaps because they cannot bear the idea of chaos being the one ruler of the universe, which is why, using their limited powers and with no divine help, they attempt to impose some order on the world, and for a short while they manage it, but only as long as they are there to defend their collection, because when the day comes when it must be dispersed, and that day always comes, either with their death or when the collector grows weary, everything goes back to its beginnings, everything returns to chaos.”
José Saramago, All the Names

Jorge Luis Borges
“The library will endure; it is the universe. As for us, everything has not been written; we are not turning into phantoms. We walk the corridors, searching the shelves and rearranging them, looking for lines of meaning amid leagues of cacophony and incoherence, reading the history of the past and our future, collecting our thoughts and collecting the thoughts of others, and every so often glimpsing mirrors, in which we may recognize creatures of the information.”
Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“The fact is that nothing is more difficult to believe than the truth; conversely, nothing seduces like the power of lies, the greater the better. It's only natural, and you will have to find the right balance. Having said that, let me add that this particular old woman hasn't been collecting only years; she has also collected stories, and none sadder or more terrible than the one she's about to tell you. You have been at the heart of this story without knowing it until today ...”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Midnight Palace

Shannon L. Alder
“She was a collector of reflections looking for souls that could see deeply inside her soul.”
Shannon L. Alder

Tove Jansson
“It's finished. There isn't a stamp, or an error that I haven't collected. Not one. What shall I do now?"
"I think I'm beginning to understand," said Moomintroll slowly. "You aren't a collector anymore, you're only an owner, and that isn't nearly so much fun.”
Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll

“Having access to the library was all well and good, but as a collector you had to own the book.”
John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

“The whole point of collecting is the thrill of acquisition, which must be maximized, and maintained at all costs.”
John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

Bob Dylan
“Inside the museums, | Infinity goes up on trial | Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while”
Bob Dylan

Agnes Chew
“I have a habit of being an archaeologist of my own past, a sentimental collector of personal artefacts which may at first glance appear random, but each of which holds a unique significance. As the years pass me by, I find that the number of objects within my possession begins to accumulate. A torn map. A sealed letter. A boat full of paper animals. Each item encapsulates within itself a story, akin to an outward manifestation of my inner journey.”
Agnes Chew, The Desire for Elsewhere

“You can buy history, but you can't buy a culture.”
Nathan Mirts

Christina Engela
“Where would tourism be without a little luxury and a taste of night life? There were several cities on Deanna, all moderate in size, but the largest was the capital, Atro City. For the connoisseur of fast-foods, Albrechts’ famous hotdogs and coldcats were sold fresh from his stall (Albrecht’s Takeaways) on Lupini Square. For the sake of his own mental health he had temporarily removed Hot Stuff Blend from the menu. The city was home to Atro City University, which taught everything from algebra and make-up application to advanced stamp collecting; and it was also home to the planet-famous bounty hunter – Beck the Badfeller. Beck was a legend in his own lifetime. If Deanna had any folklore, then Beck the Badfeller was one of its main features. He was the local version of Robin Hood, the Davy Crockett of Deanna. The Local rumor mill had it he was so good he could find the missing day in a leap year. Once, so the story goes, he even found a missing sock.”
Christina Engela, Loderunner

Penelope Lively
“A great library is anything and everything. It is not for its current custodians to judge what the future will find to be of importance, and it is this eclecticism that gives it the mystique, that is the wonder of it.”
Penelope Lively, Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time

Tracy Chevalier
“Stay here and do the packing and let the young one run all over California for you! Don't you always say the success of collecting is in the packing? You're the boss--take the most important role and stop moaning!”
Tracy Chevalier, At the Edge of the Orchard

“She had collected experiences, I realized, as much as she had collected all these things. As we moved her out of her own life, she seemed lonelier that I hope I'll ever be.”
Moore, Jenny

Georges Rodenbach
“Is this not the collector's exquisite pleasure, that his desire should know no bounds, should reach out into the infinite, should never know full possession which disappoints by its very completeness. O what joy to be able to postpone the fulfillment of desire to infinity!”
Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges

Kate Morton
“It was because of the war, Daddy had once confided in them--- everything she loved had been lost when that bomb fell on her family home... and turned her past to rubble. She'd been determined her children would never suffer the same fate. She might not be able to spare them every heartache, but she could damn well make sure they knew where to find their class photo when they wanted it. Their mother's passion for things, for possessions---objects that could be held in one's hands and invested with deeper meaning---had verged on obsessive, her enthusiasm for collecting so great that is was hard not to fall in line. Everything was kept; nothing thrown away; traditions adhered to religiously.”
Kate Morton, The Secret Keeper

“book collecting is only meaningful if it’s personal,” Oscar clarified. “If it’s just another way of accumulating wealth instead of for the books themselves it isn’t right. Collectors are trying to protect themselves. To separate themselves. It’s a hierarchy.”
Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

Laura Chouette
“Since you are gone, I collect the stars each night - building my own night sky, so I have something to hold onto forever.”
Laura Chouette

“The items people own reveal something about the owners. Every quaint item that a person selects to surround themselves with has a basic quiddity, the essence, or inherent nature of things. As a people, we assign a value meaning not only to the things that we presently possess, but also to the items destined for one generation to hand down to the next generation.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Kate Morton
“She sat on the little iron garden seat in the clearing at the top and looked down at the strange garden of her mysterious grandmother, the patched-up house beyond. She wondered what her mother and grandmother were speaking of, why had they come to visit today, but no matter how she twisted the questions in her mind, she could divine no answers.
After a time, the distraction of the garden proved too great. Her questions dropped away, and she began to harvest pregnant Busy Lizzie pods while a black cat watched from a distance, pretending disinterest. When she had a nice collection, Cassandra climbed up onto the lowest bough of the mango tree in the back corner of the yard, pods cupped gently in her hand, and began to pop them, one by one. Enjoying the cold, gooey seeds that sprayed across her fingers, the pussycat's surprise when a pod shell dropped between her paws, her zeal as she mistook it for a grasshopper.”
Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

Nanette L. Avery
“Teachers are the original hoarders; we've even been known to collect useless information...”
Nanette L. Avery

“Everything is physics including stamp collecting!”
Khalid Masood

Dean Cavanagh
“When you 'own' a work of art it immediately loses its value”
Dean Cavanagh

“This process taught us to test and challenge the prevailing wisdom about the paucity of African American artifacts. What we discovered was a paucity of effort and creativity rather than a scarcity of collections. I hope that our efforts will spur other institutions to embrace community-driven collecting and commit the resources to look inside the basements and garages for material that was once deemed less important to the interpretive agenda of museums. Not every cultural organization will discover items from Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, or Marian Anderson, but every museum that makes the effort will find discover items from Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, or Marian Anderson, but every museum, but every museum that makes the effort will find objects that document the lives, the work, the resiliency, and the dreams of their community.”
Lonnie G. Bunch III, A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

“The purpose of books is not to be read. I buy books not to read them. I own a lot of books. I write books, I collect books, I think about books, I copy books, I pay for books – I’m in the book business. But I don’t read books.”
Aaron Levy, Four Conversations on the Architecture of Discourse

J.S. Mason
“like someone who obsessively collects paintings of hoarders”
J.S. Mason, The Satyrist...And Other Scintillating Treats

A.D. Aliwat
“She collects these boys and men. Their souls. She knows they will think about her, love her again in their minds. Blood courses from the head back to the heart. Then it is done. They are hers forever.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

John Fowles
“This is true of all collecting. It extinguishes the moral instinct. The object finally possesses the possessor.”
John Fowles

“If you collect antiques, you’re celebrating the dawn of modern society.
If you collect antiquities, you’re celebrating the the dawn of civilization.
If you collect crystals, you’re celebrating the dawn of our planet.
If you collect meteors, you’re celebrating the dawn of the universe.”
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

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