Books

«His library was a fine dark place bricked with books, so anything could happen there and always did. All you had to do was pull a book from the shelf and open it and suddenly the darkness was not so dark anymore.»

Ray Bradbury


«When a new book is published, read an old one.»

Samuel Rogers


«I listened as the words became sentences and the sentences became pages and the pages became feelings and voices and places and people.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflected all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected on the dark sea of time.»

Greg Weisman


«When a bookmark tumbles out of an old book pristine and unwrinkled, it is like a gasp of breath from another century.»

Don Borchert


«I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.»

Ralph Waldo Emerson


«All of us can think of a book... that we hope none of our children or any other children have taken off the shelf. But if I have the right to remove that book from the shelf - that work I abhor - then you also have exactly the same right and so does everyone else. And then we have no books left on the shelf for any of us.»

Katherine Paterson


«If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.»

J.K. Rowling


«Why does one begin to write? Because she feels misunderstood, I guess. Because it never comes out clearly enough when she tries to speak. Because she wants to rephrase the world, to take it in and give it back again differently, so that everything is used and nothing is lost. Because it's something to do to pass the time until she is old enough to experience the things she writes about.»

Nicole Krauss


«Great language and great literature do not survive long without each other»

Lance Conrad


«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.»

Alberto Manguel


«I tell you this because books for young readers are so often written about that very moment: the moment of the fork. The moment the old man cannot return to.»

Virginia Euwer Wolff


«Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.»

Jessamyn West


«I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?»

Franz Kafka


«I prefer physical books to eBooks, because an eBook can’t be the solution to a wobbly chair like a real book can.»

Jarod Kintz


«I could almost hear the characters inside, murmuring and jostling, impatient for me to open the cover and let them out.»

Jennifer Donnelly


«Nor can I throw a book away. I have given many away and ripped a few in half, but as with warring nations, destruction shows regard: the enemy is a power to reckon with. Throwing a book out shows contempt for an effort of the spirit. Not that I haven't tried.»

Lynne Sharon Schwartz


«Bea dice que el arte de leer se está muriendo muy lentamente, que es un ritual íntimo, que un libro es un espejo y que sólo podemos encontrar en él lo que ya llevamos dentro, que al leer ponemos la mente y el alma, y que esos son bienes cada día más escasos.»

Carlos Ruiz Zafón


«Only if the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said: quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two.»

Ray Bradbury


«Take my books away, and I should be desperate!»

Emily Brontë


«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.»

Alberto Manguel


«I never know what I’m going to want to curl up in bed with.” I shrug.»

Alexandra Potter


«Go, my book, and help destroy the world as it is.»

Russell Banks


«People will perish, but books are immortal. (Pompeii)»

Robert Harris


«The characters within a book were, from a certain point of view, identical on some fundamental level ‒ there weren't any images of them, no physical tangibility whatsoever. They were pictures in the reader's head, constructs of imagination and ideas, given shape by the writer's work and skill and the reader's imagination. Parents, of a sort.»

Jim Butcher


«A knowledgeable citizen is a powerful citizen because knowledge is power! Make your nation a powerful one... Keep reading to acquire more knowledge! Let books be your friends; never disappoint them by not studying them frequently!»

Israelmore Ayivor


«Books are all the dreams we would most like to have and like dreams they have the power to change consciousness.»

Victor Nell


«Epics are never written about libraries. They exist on whim; it depends on if the conquering army likes to read.»

Patricia A. McKillip


«This is my logo for Art and Books»

Jarod Kintz


«Maelyn smiled. If books could have litters, she'd be just as happy.»

Anita Valle