Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


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


Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This explains a lot, including why I would never want his autograph. What an idiot.

I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.

– Kanye West


Sunday, July 5th, 2015

“Harry Potter isn’t real? Oh no! Wait, wait, what do you mean by real? Is this video blog real? Am I real if you can see me and hear me, but only through the internet? Are you real if I can read your comment but I don’t know who you are or what your name is or where you’re from or what you look like or how old you are? I know all of those things about Harry Potter. Maybe Harry Potter’s real and you’re not.”

– John Green, American author and vlogger

Haven’t we all felt that way sometimes about our favorite characters – as though they are more real than the people in our lives?


Sunday, June 28th, 2015

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,
splashing all over the pages

– Welsh poet Dylan Thomas


Sunday, June 21st, 2015

“I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”

– Ray Bradbury


Sunday, June 14th, 2015

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

– Emily Dickinson, one of my favorite poets