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“In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories. ”
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“In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian. ”
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“أثناء النهار ، أكتب ، وأنتقل بين الكتب متصفحا ، معيدا ترتيبها ، أفسح للحديث منها مكانا ، وأعيد تشكيل الاقسام لتوفير حيز جديد. الكتب الجديدة الوافدة يرحب بها بعد فترة من الفحص. إذا كان الكتاب مستعملا ، أدع كل الإشارات التي دونت عليه على حالها ، الآثار التي يتركها القارئ السابق: رفاق السفر الذين سجلوا مرورهم بالتعليقات المخربشة ، اسم ما على الصفحة البيضاء الفارغة في بداية ونهاية الكتاب ، بطاقة قطار لتأشير صفحة معينة. سواء كانت قديمة أو جديدة ، الإشارة الوحيدة التي أناضل لإزالتها من كتبي (وغالبا دون نجاح يذكر) هي لصقة السعر التي يضعها بائعو الكتب الحقودين على ظهر الكتاب. هذه الدملة الشيطانية الصغيرة التي لا تستأصل بسهولة ، فهي تخلف ندوبا مجذومة وآثارا من مادة لزجة يلتصق بها الغبار والزغب بعد فترة من الزمن ، تجعلني أتمنى لو كان لدي ممسحة جهنمية أحكم بها على هؤلاء الذين اخترعوا هذه اللصقات.”
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“Every reader exists to ensure for a certain book a modest immortality. Reading is, in this sense, a ritual of rebirth.”
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“Ultimately, the number of books always exceeds the space they are granted.”
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“The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned. ”
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“I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my books have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.”
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“I like to imagine that, on the day after my last, my library and I will crumble together, so that even when I am no more I'll still be with my books.”
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“My books hold between their covers every story I've ever known and still remember, or have now forgotten, or may one day read; they fill the space around me with ancient and new voices.”
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“If every library is in some sense a reflection of its readers, it is also an image of that which we are not, and cannot be.”
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“At night, here in the library, the ghosts have voices.”
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“Our society accepts the book as a given, but the act of reading -- once considered useful and important, as well as potentially dangerous and subversive -- is now condescendingly accepted as a pastime, a slow pastime that lacks efficiency and does not contribute to the common good.”
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“But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence. ”
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“Readers, censors know, are defined by the books they read.”
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“Unpacking books is a revelatory activity. ”
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“In a library, no empty shelf remains empty for long.”
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“Old books that we have known but not possessed cross our path and invite themselves over. New books try to seduce us daily with tempting titles and tantalizing covers. ”
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“Darkness promotes speech.”
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“But a reader's ambition knows no bounds.”
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“Digestion of words as well; I often read aloud to myself in my writing corner in the library, where no one can hear me, for the sake of better savouring the text, so as to make it all the more mine.”
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“One book calls to another unexpectedly, creating alliances across different cultures and centuries. ”
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“It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.”
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“Libraries, whether my own or shared with a greater reading public, have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember I've been seduced by their labyrinthine logic, which suggests that reason (if not art) rules over a cacophonous arrangement of books.”
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“There is a line of poetry, a sentence in a fable, a word in an essay, by which my existence is justified; find that line, and immortality is assured.”
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“The stories that unfold in the space of a writer's study, the objects chosen to watch over a desk, the books selected to sit on the shelves, all weave a web of echoes and reflections of meanings and affections, that lend a visitor the illusion that something of the owner of this space lives on between these walls, even if the owner is no more.”
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“We are losing our common vocabulary, built over thousands of years to help and delight and instruct us, for the sake of what we take to be the new technology's virtues. ”
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“Our books will bear witness for or against us, our books reflect who we are and who we have been, our books hold the share of pages granted to us from the Book of Life. By the books we call ours we will be judged”
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“In the dark, with the windows lit and the rows of books glittering, the library is a closed space, a universe of self-serving rules that pretend to replace or translate those of the shapeless universe beyond. ”
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“Evil requires no reason.”
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“The starting point is a question.”
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