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I love that moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a great book. (Quote from Gutenberg Project, edited.)

About my library"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration."
-Ernest Hemingway

“Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.”
― Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

"One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list." - Mary B. W. Tabor

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of Library." -Jorge Luis Borges

"Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance." - A.E. Newton

"It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents." -Arthur Schopenhauer, 'On and Books
Writing' (1851) in A Book Addict's Treasury

"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is
left I buy food and clothes." - Erasmus

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." ---Jean Rhys

"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors."
Charles Baudelaire

GroupsAuthor Theme Reads, BookMooching, Read Mo Yan, Reading Globally

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Currently readingClarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (Penguin Classics) by Samuel Richardson
Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1 (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Marcel Proust
Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded (Oxford World's Classics) by Samuel Richardson
Anything Is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
A Column of Fire: A Novel (Kingsbridge) by Ken Follett

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