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100+ of the best book quotes about books
  1. #1
    “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things! — Friendship! And Bravery!”
  2. #2
    “It seems to me that if you place music (and books, probably, and films, and plays, and anything that makes you feel) at the center of your being, then you can’t afford to sort out your love life, start to think of it as the finished product.”
  3. #3
    “Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
  4. #4
    “Peace in every home, every street, every village, every country – this is my dream. Education for every boy and every girl in the world. To sit down on a chair and read my books with all my friends at school is my right. To see each and every human being with a smile of happiness is my wish.”
  5. #5
    “Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
  6. #6
    ″‘Let us pick up our books and our pens,’ I said. ‘They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.‘”
  7. #7
    “So if you want to get to know your characters, you have to hang out with them long enough to see beyond all the things they aren’t. You may try to get them to do something because it would be convenient plotwise, or you might want to pigeonhole them so you can maintain the illusion of control. But with luck their tendrils will sneak out the sides of the box you’ve put them in, and you will finally have to admit that who they are isn’t who you thought they were.”
  8. #8
    “my heart woke me crying last night
    how can i help i begged
    my heart said
    write the book”
  9. #9
    “Because for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.”
  10. #10
    “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
  11. #11
    “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
  12. #12
    “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    readingbooks
  13. #13
    “’But do you believe,’ said Candide, ‘that the earth was originally a sea, as we find it asserted in that large book belonging to the captain?’
    ‘I do not believe a word of it,’ said Martin, ‘any more than I do of the many ravings which have been published lately.’”
  14. #14
    “As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I came upon a certain place with a den, and I lay down to sleep. I fell asleep and dreamed. In my dream, I saw a man clothed with rags standing in a certain place, with his face turned from his own house. In his hand he held a book, and he bore a great burden upon his back.”
  15. #15
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
  16. #16
    “The book has somehow to be adapted to the body, and at a venture one would say that women’s books should be shorter, more concentrated, than those of men, and framed so that they do not need long hours of steady and uninterrupted work. For interruptions there will always be.”
  17. #17
    “I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
  18. #18
    The old possum’s book of practical cats
    concept
    books
  19. #19
    “His money went largely toward books, which to him were like sacred objects, providing ballast for his mind.”
  20. #20
    “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
    Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”
  21. #21
    “Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
  1. #22
    ″[To Kill a Mockingbird] is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”
  2. #23
    “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
  3. #24
    “‘No. I can survive well enough on my own - if given proper reading material.’”
  4. #25
    “This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
    Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
    Night, sleep, and the stars.”
  5. #26
    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
  6. #27
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
  7. #28
    “No, thank you. I have enough books at home. Maybe another time. I’m rereading something else with my papa. You know, the one I stole from the fire that night.”
  8. #29
    “If there was one thing about Liesel Meminger, her thieving was not gratuitous. She only stole books on what she felt was a need-to-have basis.”
  9. #30
    “She didn’t care about the food. . . . It was the book she wanted. . . . She wouldn’t tolerate having it given to her by a lonely, pathetic old woman. Stealing it on the other hand, seemed a little more acceptable. Stealing it, in a sick kind of sense, was like earning it.”
  10. #31
    “I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the State of Mississippi banned them, they must be good.”
    author
    Kathryn Stockett
    book
    The Help
    character
    Skeeter
    concept
    books
  11. #32
    “With each day, he felt the barriers melting. He let them melt. Because of her genuine laugh, because he caught her one afternoon sleeping with her face in the middle of a book, because he knew that she would win.”
  12. #33
    “Great books give you a feeling that you miss all day, until you finally get to crawl back inside those pages again.”
  13. #34
    “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
  14. #35
    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
  15. #36
    “Bruno had read enough books about explorers to know that one could never be sure what one was going to find.”
  16. #37
    “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
  17. #38
    “She loved to walk down the street with a book under her arm. It had the same significance for her as an elegant cane for the dandy a century ago. It differentiated her from others.”
  18. #39
    “Growing up, I took so many cues from books . . . They were my teachers and my advisors.”
  19. #40
    “I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.”
  20. #41
    “There is much you can learn from books . . . ”
  21. #42
    “These books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”

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  1. #43
    “Sleep is good,” he said. “And books are better.”
  2. #44
    “It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this book survives, his ideas live.”
  3. #45
    “I’m afraid I’ve degenerated into a bibliophile.”
  4. #46
    “Everything I found in books that pleased me I retained in my memory, consciously or unconsciously, and adapted it.”
  5. #47
    “He had no money and no home; he lived entirely on the road of the racing circuit, sleeping in empty stalls, carrying with him only a saddle, his rosary, and his books...The books were the closest things he had to furniture, and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.”
  6. #48
    “[Books] were the world I could lose myself in when the one I was actually living in became too lonely or harsh or difficult to bear.”
  7. #49
    “Literature was the only religion her father practiced, when a book fell on the floor he kissed it, when he was done with a book he tried to give it away to someone who would love it.”
  8. #50
    “She did not care very much for other little girls, but if she had plenty of books she could console herself.”
  9. #51
    “The trouble with trying to find a brown-covered book among brown leaves and brown water at the bottom of a ditch of brown earth in the brown, well, grayish light of dawn, was that you couldn’t.”
  10. #52
    “When I was a little girl fairy tales were my favorite books because even before you opened them you knew how they are going to end. Happily ever after.”
  11. #53
    There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
  12. #54
    “Too many scholars think of research as purely a cerebral pursuit. If we do nothing with the knowledge we gain, then we have wasted our study. Books can store information better than we can--what we we do that books cannot is interpret. So if one is not going to draw conclusions, then one might as well just leave the information in the texts.”
  13. #55
    ″ Franny literally jumped ... ‘What book?’ she said. ‘This, you mean?’
  14. #56
    “That little book she carried all around the whole house ... is at the whole root of this whole business. ”
  15. #57
    “Trees and bushes grow over concrete, reclaiming little pockets and corners, but even more have been cleared away. Shattered glass crunches under my feet and clouds of dust drift in the wind, but somehow this place, the picture of neglect, doesn’t feel abandoned. I know this place from the histories, from the books and old maps.”
  16. #58
    Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.
  17. #59
    “What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?”
    “The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.”
  18. #60
    “Francie thought that all the books in the world were in that library and she had a plan about reading all the books in the world.”
  19. #61
    “She was reading a book a day in alphabetical order and not skipping the dry ones.”
  20. #62
    “She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness with someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read.”
  21. #63
    “Francie breathed the warm air, watched the dancing leaf shadows, ate the candy and took sips of the cooled water in-between reading the book.”
  1. #64
    “She had been reading a book a day for a long time now and she was still in the B’s.”
  2. #65
    “As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy . . . the afternoon passed.”
  3. #66
    “She planned to read all the books over again when she had finished with the Z’s.”
  4. #67
    “Saturdays were different. She treated herself by reading a book not in the alphabetical sequence. On that day she asked the librarian to recommend a book.”
  5. #68
    “Father needs some kind of book to read to people who are dying or in terrible pain. I don’t suppose you’ve written anything like that.”
  6. #69
    There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.
  7. #70
    “Where did all those feelings go? People spend their whole lives looking for love. Poems and songs and entire novels are written about it. But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?”
  8. #71
    “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
  9. #72
    “Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
  10. #73
    “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon.”
  11. #74
    A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
  12. #75
    Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
  13. #76
    “By the time she was three, Matilda had taught herself to read by studying newspapers and magazines that lay around the house. At the age of four, she could read fast and well, and she naturally began hankering after books.”
  14. #77
    “With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
    Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn’t? How dare she?”
  15. #78
    “I’m wondering what to read next,” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”
    “You mean you’ve looked at the pictures?”
    “Yes, but I’ve read the books as well.”
  16. #79
    “I could live inside my books, each one taking me further and further away from the barred windows that held me prisoner.”
  17. #80
    “I’m not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I’ve gotten from books.”
  18. #81
    “A dozen different plans went through his head, all wretched ones, and at last he fixed on the worst plan of all. He decided to wait till it was dark and then go back to the river and ... set out for Mount Pire alone, trusting for his direction to the line he had drawn that morning in the sand. It was a crazy idea and if he had read as many books as you have about journeys over deserts he would never have dreamed of it. But Shasta had read no books at all.”
  19. #82
    “Our principle is, that books, instead of growing mouldy behind an iron grating, should be worn out under the eyes of many readers.”
  20. #83
    “I left the library. Crossing the street, I was hit head-on by a brutal loneliness. I felt dark and hollow. Abandoned, unnoticed, forgotten. I stood on the sidewalk a nothing, a gathering of dust.”
  21. #84
    “A novel is a mirror walking down a road…Many books open with an author’s assurance of order. One slipped into their waters with a silent paddle…But novels commenced with hesitation or chaos. Readers were never fully in balance. A door a lock a weir opened and they rushed through, one hand holding a gunnel, the other a hat. When she begins a book, she enters through stilted doorways into large courtyards.”

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  1. #85
    “The baby grew. He grew and he grew and he grew. He grew until he was two years old, and he ran all around the house. He pulled all the books off the shelves.”
  2. #86
    “You have to read a book three times before you know it. The first time you read it for the story. The plot. The movement from scene to scene that gives the book its momentum, its rhythm.”
  3. #87
    “It was a large room with three big windows and it was lined from floor to ceiling with books; more books than Lucy had ever seen before, tiny little books, fat and dumpy books, and books bigger than any church Bible you have ever seen, all bound in leather and smelling old and learned and magical. But she knew from her instructions that she need not bother about any of these. For the Book, the Magic Book, was lying on a reading-desk in the very middle of the room.”
  4. #88
    “She closed the book and put her cheek against it. There was still an odor of a library on it, of dust, leather, binding glue, and old paper, one book carrying the smell of hundreds.”
  5. #89
    “I checked this out weeks ago for a bit of light reading.”
  6. #90
    “Honestly, don’t you two read?”
  7. #91
    “Run like you have to get to the library.”
  8. #92
    “No,” said Hermione shortly. “Have either of you seen my copy of Numerology and Gramatica?”
    “Oh, yeah, I borrowed it for a bit of bedtime reading,” said Ron, but very quietly.”
  9. #93
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
  10. #94
    “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”
  11. #95
    “And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”
  12. #96
    “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
    Go throw your TV set away,
    And in its place you can install
    A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
    Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”
  13. #97
    “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
  14. #98
    “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.”
  15. #99
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
  16. #100
    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
  17. #101
    “Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.”
  18. #102
    “Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.”
  19. #103
    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
  20. #104
    “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
  21. #105
    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
  1. #106
    “A book is just like life and anything can change.”
  2. #107
    “I like to read books twice.”
  3. #108
    When he gave me the book, Bill said, ‘Be skeptical about this one. It’s a great book. But try to be a filter, not a sponge.‘”
  4. #109
    He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
    author
    Victor Hugo
    book
    Les Miserables
    character
    M. Mabeuf
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  5. #110
    “People come, people go—they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”
  6. #111
    I have always enjoyed reading, but I’ve never been sure how to select appropriate material. There are so many books in the world--how do you tell them all apart? How do you know which one will match your tastes and interests?
  7. #112
    “So now books were her only friends. She’d read Lord of the Rings so often she could recite whole scenes by memory.
    “It was not a skill that aided one in becoming popular.”
  8. #113
    “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor - such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps - what more can the heart of a man desire?”
  9. #114
    “Give her books, and she would devour them and end by knowing them by heart.”
  10. #115
    “Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.”
  11. #116
    “Of course, in a novel, people’s hearts break, and they die, and that is the end of it; and in a story this is very convenient. But in real life we do not die when all that makes life bright dies to us. There is a most busy and important round of eating, drinking, dressing, walking, visiting, buying, selling, talking, reading, and all that makes up what is commonly called living, yet to be gone through…”
  12. #117
    To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.
  13. #118
    Book! You lie there; the fact is, you books must know your places. You’ll do to give us the bare words and facts, but we come in to supply the thoughts.
  14. #119
    I thanked Captain Nemo, and went up to the shelves of the library. Works on science, morals, and literature abounded in every language; but I did not see one single work on political economy; that subject appeared to be strictly proscribed. Strange to say, all these books were irregularly arranged, in whatever language they were written; and this medley proved that the Captain of the Nautilus must have read indiscriminately the books which he took up by chance.
  15. #120
    “There is no book so bad but it has something good in it.”
  16. #121
    My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.
  17. #122
    “Some of the reading had been wonderful; the Louisa Alcott books for example.”
  18. #123
    “She had given it up, consoling herself with the vow that when she grew up, she would work hard, save money and buy every single book that she liked.”
  19. #124
    “On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
  20. #125
    “I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.”
  21. #126
    “Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”
  1. #127
    “When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”
  2. #128
    “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”
  3. #129
    “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
  4. #130
    I believe it important to emphasize how strongly I feel that books, just like people, have a destiny. Some invite sorrow, others joy, some both.
    author
    Elie Wiesel
    book
    Night
    concept
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  5. #131
    “I liked my books and clouds and sunsets.”
  6. #132
    “And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books.”
    author
    Ray Bradbury
    book
    Fahrenheit 451
    character
    Montag
    concept
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  7. #133
    “We’ll pass the books on to our children, by word of mouth, and let our children wait, in turn, on the other people. A lot will be lost that way, of course. But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them. It can’t last.”
  8. #134
    A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
  9. #135
    A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
  10. #136
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
  11. #137
    “Many nights I drifted off to sleep to his rumbling voice reading from a book of battle strategy. And despite myself, despite what he’d done and what he was, I came to love him. It’s just not a comfortable kind of love.”
  12. #138
    “The best sequence is this: clothes first, then books, papers, komono (miscellany), and lastly, mementos.”
  13. #139
    “Books: Once you have pile your books, take them in your hand one by one and decide whether you want to keep or discard each one. The criterion is, of course, whether or not it gives you a thrill of pleasure when you touch it.”
  14. #140
    “I’m much better at interpreting books and stories than I am at understanding the decisions made by living, breathing people.”
  15. #141
    “Bastian looked at the book.
    ‘I wonder,’ he said to himself, ‘what’s in a book while it’s closed. Oh, I know it’s full of letters printed on paper, but all the same, something must be happening, because as soon as I open it, there’s a whole story with people I don’t know yet and all kinds of adventures, deeds and battles. And sometimes there are storms at sea, or it takes you to strange cities and countries. All those things are somehow shut in a book. Of course you have to read it to find out. But it’s already there, that’s the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.’
    Suddenly an almost festive mood came over him.
    He settled himself down, picked up the book, opened it to the first page, and began to read...”
  16. #142
    “If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.”
  17. #143
    “If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe what-ever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life. Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.”
  18. #144
    “When you convert a good book to a film, stupid things happen.”
  19. #145
    “In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.”
  20. #146
    “There are multiple possibilities for every book.”
  21. #147
    “It’s not what you will get out of the books that are so enriching, it is what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life.”
  1. #148
    “The soul of these books was a new understanding of Christianity, their direct consequence a new understanding of art.”
  2. #149
    “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
  3. #150
    “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
  4. #151
    “It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.”
  5. #152
    ″‘The clever thieves,’ Kyle read from the book, ‘took up residence in an abandoned dress factory next door to the Gold Leaf Bank and spent weeks tunneling from its basement in to the bank vault.‘”
  6. #153
    “This library is like a good book. You just gotta check it out!”
  7. #154
    “Above all subjects of study, Science is conveyed, is propagated, by books, or by private teaching; experiments and investigations are conducted in silence; discoveries are made in solitude.”
  8. #155
    “We have the truth still with us. But it is not found in books, to any given extent. It has been passed along......from lip to ear.”
  9. #156
    “Our new dog, named for the beloved poet, ate a book which unfortunately we had left unguarded.”
  10. #157
    “One day one of their number would write a book about all this, but none of them would believe it, because none of them would remember it that way.”
  11. #158
    “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
  12. #159
    “Paul explained these engravings to Félicité. It was the only book learning she had ever received. ”
  13. #160
    “My voice trembled as I spoke, as it did whenever I was angry. ‘I feel let down sometimes. The people in books—the heroes—they’re always so… heroic. And I try to be, but…‘”
  14. #161
    “People in books are good and noble and unselfish, and people aren’t that way ... and I feel, well… hornswoggled sometimes. By Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and Louisa May Alcott. Why do writers make things sugary when life isn’t that way?”
  15. #162
    “Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined to hearts.”
  16. #163
    “Why isn’t real life like book life?” I asked, sitting down next to him. “Why aren’t people plain and uncomplicated? Why don’t they do what you expect them to do, like characters in a novel?” I took my shoes and stockings off and dangled my feet in the water, too.
  17. #164
    “You have to go after him! I want him brought in ... and I want him brought in by the book!”
  18. #165
    “When I was about eleven I had read all the books about Indians in the children’s library and was actually admitted to the stacks. I remember coming home from the library with stacks of books. And I think that’s where my life as a scholar began. I know it did.”
  19. #166
    “Along about 1917, and right nearby was a man whose books about Indians I had been reading.”
  20. #167
    “You really want to know what being an X-Man feels like? Just be a smart bookish boy of color in a contemporary U.S. ghetto. Mamma mia! Like having bat wings or a pair of tentacles growing out of your chest.”
  21. #168
    “The laws they make in Washington aren’t put on the books because they work well--they’re put on the books because they represent the one right way to live.”
  22. #169
    ″ Christine went back to books and discovered the lives of worthy women—queens, princesses, warriors, poets, inventors, weavers of tapestries, wives, mothers, sibyls, and saints.”
  23. #170
    ″‘I’ve read the first paragraph of that book,’ he said. ‘Why do you suppose I haven’t slept for a week?’
    I said, ‘Well?’ and he smiled a curious, twisted smile.
    ‘It’s a cookbook,’ he said.”
  24. #171
    “Books allowed me not only to travel in my imagination but to look through windows into the world of the unknown and not feel afraid.”
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