Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

– Madeleine L’Engle, author of one of the books that made me love reading, A Wrinkle in Time


Sunday, March 15th, 2015

“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading and kids who are reading the wrong books.”

– James Patterson


Sunday, March 8th, 2015

“I stepped into that bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.”

– Carlos Ruiz Zafón


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