Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


Sunday, December 21st, 2014

I think this explains why so many lonely kids lose themselves in books.

“The world was a terrible place, cruel, pitiless, dark as a bad dream. Not a good place to live. Only in books could you find pity, comfort, happiness – and love. Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.” 

Cornelia Funke, German author of children’s fiction


Sunday, December 14th, 2014

This is so true for me – sometimes, you find a book or a story at just the right time and it doesn’t just speak, it shouts to you and it stays with you always.

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”

Neil Gaiman, English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films


Sunday, December 7th, 2014

“There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.” 

Irwin Shaw, American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author


Sunday, November 16th, 2014

“If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”

Rosemarie Urquico, Phillipino writer


Sunday, November 9th, 2014

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”

- George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones author


Sunday, October 12th, 2014

This is so true! I can easily share a companionable afternoon with almost anyone, as long as we are each reading our own books.

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!”

Ranier Maria Rilke, Austrian poet and novelist


Sunday, October 5th, 2014

“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.”

Winston Churchill, British politician, UK Prime Minister, and a man who liked to fondle books


Sunday, September 28th, 2014

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.”

Anne Rice, American author


Sunday, September 21st, 2014

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

J. K. Rowling


Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Finally, someone who shares my opinion of Jane Austen!

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

Mark Twain, American author and humorist