Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


Sunday, March 1st, 2015

This explains a lot…

“Write drunk. Edit sober.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

“I like liking things. It’s just that there are more books to like than anyone can ever read. Granted, that’s an uptown problem, but a problem nonetheless.”

– Sarah Vowell, and isn’t that a great name for a writer?


Sunday, February 15th, 2015

“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was planning to read.”

– Lemony Snicket


Sunday, February 8th, 2015

I came across this on Pinterest. It is unattributed, but that makes it no less a fact:

“There are certain fiction character’s deaths you will never recover from. Ever.”

– Pinterest


Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Ahhh, Neil shows up here a lot on Quotables. This, I am in total agreement with. When someone readily has a favorite book, I often suspect that they have read only one.

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you would most like not to lose.”

– Neil Gaiman


Sunday, January 18th, 2015

This one made me laugh – back when I was spending a lot of time in Amsterdam for work, the first place I learned to find on my own (after my office) was the American Book Center on the Spui. Spent a lot of lovely weekend mornings there.

“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”

– Albert Einstein


Sunday, January 11th, 2015

This is particularly true in this day and age, when you can take your books with you on a pad, on a CD, on your phone, etc.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

– Stephen King, one of the most prolific American horror writers of all time


Sunday, January 4th, 2015

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

– Mason Cooley


Monday, December 29th, 2014

“I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole new world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go any place you want to in reading.” 

– Michael Jackson, the King of Pop


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