Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


Sunday, October 4th, 2015

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”

– Peter Golkin

It’s funny – this quote is in all sorts of search engines and quote lists, but I can’t find anything about Golkin!


Sunday, September 27th, 2015

“A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet.”

Phyllis McGinley, children’s author


Sunday, September 20th, 2015

“My daughter is seven, and some of the other second-grade parents complain that their children don’t read for pleasure. When I visit their homes, the children’s rooms are crammed with expensive books, but the parent’s rooms are empty. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. By contrast, when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says ‘PRIVATE–GROWNUPS KEEP OUT’: a child sprawled on the bed, reading.”

Anne Fadiman, American essayist and reporter


Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Another rockstar quote about books and reading…

I wanted to escape Small Town U.S.A. To dismiss the boundaries, to explore. My life experience came from watching movies, TV, and reading books and magazines. When your culture comes from watching TV everyday, you’re bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities.

Trent Reznor , American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer


Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Sometimes music, movies and books are the only things that let us feel like someone else feels like we do.

Marilyn Manson, American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, painter, multimedia artist


Sunday, August 30th, 2015

“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.”

Alberto Manguel, Argentine-born writer and essayist


Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Now, here’s the mark of a very limited mind:

I don’t read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland.

Vladimir Putin, president of Russia


Sunday, August 16th, 2015

If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you’re going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit.

Terry Pratchett, British author and creator of Discworld


Sunday, August 9th, 2015

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

Virginia Woolf, British modernist author


Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist