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About meMy 75 Books Challenge for 2014 Thread
About my library"The truth is, I have bought a great many books lately to a great value; but I think to buy no more books till Christmas next, and those that I have will so fill my two presses, that I must be forced to give away some or make room for them, it being my design to have no more at any time for my proper library than to fill them." ~Samuel Pepys, January 10, 1668
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx
She looked at the three tall firemen in their shining helmets, standing among the smoke and cinders and dissolving snowballs, and she said, "Would you like anything to read?" ~ Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales
When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
"Big book, big bore." ~ Callimachus, 310-240 B.C.
"I cannot live without books." ~Thomas Jefferson
George Bernard Shaw finds a copy of one of his works in a used bookshop and quickly notices it is signed: "To ___, with esteem, G.B. Shaw." Buying the volume, he subsequently returns it to the original owner with an additional inscription: "With renewed esteem, G.B. Shaw."
"There is no robber worse than a bad book." ~ Italian proverb
"Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have." ~ Alan Bennett
"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" ~ Henry Ward Beecher
"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." ~ G.K. Chesterson
"We shouldn't teach great books, we should teach a love of reading." ~B.F. Skinner
"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes." ~Erasmus
"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
"I've developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I ever had time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned anything useful from." ~Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
"He has the finest collection of shabby books I ever saw; such a number of first-rate works in very bad condition is, I think, nowhere to be found." ~ Henry Crabb Robinson, Jan. 10, 1824, re: Charles Lamb's library.
"The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat." ~ Fran Lebowitz
"It may be said of me by Harper & Brothers, that although I reject their proposals, I welcome their advances." ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Framingham, Borders - Ann Arbor - Downtown, Harvard Book Store, New England Mobile Book Fair, The Harvard Coop
Favorite librariesBoston Public Library, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library - University of Michigan, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Morse Institute Library, The Boston Athenaeum, Ypsilanti District Library
Membership LibraryThing Early Reviewers/Member Giveaway
Favorite authorsNot set
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceAug 8, 2010
Currently readingHothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux by Boris Kachka
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee