Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


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


Sunday, August 24th, 2014

“Anyway—because we are readers, we don’t have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next—and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis—at any time of night or day.”

Kurt Vonnegut, American author


Sunday, August 17th, 2014

So true! This is why I love to see teachers encouraging kids to read lots of different types of books, not just school classics.

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

J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels


Sunday, August 10th, 2014

I love this quote – I always think that the real motivation behind burning books is hiding the evidence.

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States


Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

I have this urge all the time, especially on chilly, rainy days like today.

“Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.”

Raymond Carver, American short story writer


Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Okay, this is longer than my usual quotes, but I think it’s important. I’ve read a lot of discussions about girls toys v. boys toys, why there aren’t any cool videogames for girls, why for the love of all that is holy does everything have to be pink? Thought-provoking stuff:


“The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

Become a feminist.”

The Problem is Not the Books by Saundra Mitchell, author