Category Archives: Quotes for Readers

Reading is a Matter of Trust

The first sentence of every novel should be: “Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human.” Meander if you want to get to town.
~ Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion
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More Books Please

Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.
Lenore Hershey
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Reading is Bliss

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
Nora Ephron
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Simply the Best

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.
Martin Farquhar Tupper
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The Books, They Stalk

He liked to think that he bound his books with the sinew of a Chinese tiger. He liked to think that while he slept, the endless spines stretched and growled, licking the typesetting with wide, rough tongues.
Palimpsest – Catherynne M. Valente
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Mind Readers

You people who read books, it’s like you can see each other’s thoughts.
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
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Where the Good Stories Lay

The story was gradually taking shape. Pilon liked it this way. It ruined a story to have it all come out quickly. The good story lay in half-told things which must be filled in out of the hearer’s own experience.
John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat
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Salvation In Words

Because it was, in part, through reading and writing that I found a kind of salvation from the dark.
Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
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Natural Law

Fairy tales are more than moral lessons and time capsules for cultural commentary; they are natural law. The child raised on folklore will quickly learn the rules of crossroads and lakes, mirrors and mushroom rings. They’ll never eat or drink of a strange harvest or insult an old woman or fritter away their name as though there’s no power in it. They’ll never underestimate the youngest son or touch anyone’s hairpin or rosebush or bed without asking, and their steps through the woods will be light and unpresumptuous. Little ones who seek out fairy tales are taught to be shrewd and courteous citizens of the seen world, just in case the unseen one ever bleeds over.
S.T. Gibson
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We Are What We Read

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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