Books

«The minutes ticked past. This is why peelers need a book. A wee paperback to stick in your pocket.»

Adrian McKinty


«Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines -- it's hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.»

Robin Sloan


«I spent the rest of the day in someone else's story. The rare moments that I put the book down, my own pain returned in burning stabs.»

Amy Plum


«The Only Thing,»

Aqeel Rafique


«Break the spine of one of my books and I break yours.»

Mia James


«In 1994, the average person spent $79 on books as compared to $56 on recorded music.»

Richard L. Brandt


«Have you never picked up a book you've read before, and found it speaks to you in a new way?»

Django Wexler


«Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.»

Boris Pasternak


«-You're pretty hard-boiled, Tinker Bell.»

Tad Williams


«When you are old and grey and full of sleep»

W.B. Yeats


«Whatever others may say, they say it to deceive and comfort themselves, not help you.»

Dejan Stojanovic


«She had a grocer's faith in books; they can be handed out like Green Stamps and were redeemable for a variety of useful gifts.»

Pat Conroy


«I'm pretty sure my addiction to reading has just reached a whole new level.»

Colleen Hoover


«In the past few years I've assigned books to be read before a student attends one of my weeklong seminars. I have been astonished by how few people -- people who supposedly want to write -- read books, and if they read them, how little they examine them.»

Natalie Goldberg


«Instead, we'd do what we always did, the only thing we'd ever been dependably stellar at: we'd read.»

Eleanor Brown


«Caminhais em direcção da solidão. Eu, não, eu tenho os livros»

Marguerite Duras


«Books are only half our job ; the other half is human nature.»

Mary Virginia Provines


«[Fiction and poetry] are medicines, they're doses, and they heal the rupture that reality makes on the imagination.»

Jeanette Winterson


«I realise people exist who don't read. But it's like I knew there were people who didn't breathe or eat: I can't imagine a life like that.»

Sarah Rees Brennan


«Write from the heart. A book without a pulse is like a person without a spirit." Linda Radke, President of Five Star Publications»

Linda F. Radke


«It did occur to me that the effect of good literature may be as dizzying as that of alcohol.»

Pamela Dean


«She thought it must be a lonely life for a boy who hated books.»

Hilda van Stockum


«Give a man a hoe and he is something to exploit. Give him a book and he is something to fear.»

Eric Burns


«Os livros mudam o destino das pessoas»

Carlos María Domínguez


«I love the book. I love the feel of a book in my hands, the compactness of it, the shape, the size. I love the feel of paper. The sound it makes when I turn a page. I love the beauty of print on paper, the patterns, the shapes, the fonts. I am astonished by the versatility and practicality of The Book. It is so simple. It is so fit for its purpose. It may give me mere content, but no e-reader will ever give me that sort of added pleasure.»

Susan Hill


«Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.»

Hilary Mantel


«I suppose if I had to give a one-word answer to the question of why I read, that word would be pleasure. The kind of pleasure you can get from reading is like no other in the world.»

Wendy Lesser


«Last night I thought about all the kerosene I've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up. A man had to take a long time to put them down on paper. And I'd never even thought that thought before...It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I come along in two minutes and boom! it's all over.»

Ray Bradbury


«Writing is about taking everyday observations, things which people see almost every day of their lives, and yet bringing it to their attention for the very first time.»

Jamie L. Harding


«I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.»

W. Somerset Maugham