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About me"I am not young enough to know everything."
– Oscar Wild-

Old enough to know better, young enough not to care :)
Married, three children (My wife and I lost the war we're out numbered).
Like many LT'ers I tend to have more than one book going at the same time (book surfing is what I tell my wife.

>>>>

One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
'Tis the set of the sails,
And Not the gales,
That tell us the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate;
As we voyage along through life,
'Tis the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

About my libraryThe bulk of my library is made up of Science Fiction and a large number of nautical/naval/military history and fiction books. But I'll read almost any thing that strikes my fancy at the moment.
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I've started to collect quotes about books, book collecting and reading. Most of these I've gleaned from fellow LTers:

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"There is no Frigate Like a Book"
by
Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate Like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of Prancing Poetry-
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul.

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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all." - Abraham Lincoln

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." --Abraham Lincoln --
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"Lord!" he said, "when you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue you sell him a whole new life."
"Parnassus on Wheels" by Christopher Morley

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"What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done for the mind."
-- Wendell Phillips
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'A bookseller . . . is the link between mind and mind, the feeder of the hungry, very often the binder up of wounds. There he sits, your bookseller, surrounded by a thousand minds all done up neatly in cardboard cases; beautiful minds, courageous minds, strong minds, wise minds, all sorts and conditions. And there come into him other minds, hungry for beauty, for knowledge, for truth, for love, and to the best of his ability he satisfies them all.'

From "A City of Bells" by Elizabeth Goudge

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"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time."
- Carl Sagan

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" Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Printer's ink has been running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.
The Haunted Bookshop (1919)

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A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958

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"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." ~ Charles W. Eliot

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"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones." -- Joseph Joubert

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"To build up a library is to create a life. It's never just a random collection of books." (Carlos Maria Dominguez, "The House of Paper")

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'It is often much harder to get rid of books than it is to acquire them. They stick to us in that pact of need and oblivion we make with them, witnesses to a moment in our lives we will never see again.'(Carlos Maria Dominguez, "The House of Paper")

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Also from Carlos Maris Dominques "the house of paper"
"...the books are advancing silently, innocently through my house. There is no way I can stop them"

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"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

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For you deep thinkers:

http://www.wimp.com/everystory/

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From "The Shadow of the Wind: A Novel" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
"...Every book, every volume you see has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its sprit grows and strengthens."
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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man
far better than through mortal friends.
~ Dawn Adams ~

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Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading.
Their fame was due to their having done something
that needed to be doing in their day.
The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.
~ John Morely ~

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The man who doesn't read good books
has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
~ Mark Twain ~

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Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
~ Austin Phelps ~

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I would be most content if my children grew up to be
the kind of people who think decorating
consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. (1993)
~ Anna Quindlen ~

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'Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.'
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón, 'The Shadow of the Wind'

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"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"
- Henry Ward Beecher

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Comercial Break:
http://www.wimp.com/babymoose

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

". . .there is indeed a heaven on Earth, a heaven which we inhabit when we read a good book."
- The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley

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"Your library is your paradise." - Erasmus

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There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

- Joseph Brodsky

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Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.

- Dawn Adams

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"These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves."
---- Gilbert Highet

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"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 Books and Writing' (1851).

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A successful novel should interrupt the reader’s life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog. - Stephen King

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Groups"Five and Dime" Category Challenge, 50 Book Challenge, Fifty States Fiction (or Nonfiction) Challenge, Naval History and Fiction, Readers Over Sixty, Science Fiction Fans

Favorite authorsEdward L. Beach, Pearl S. Buck, Thomas Cahill, Charles Dickens, C. S. Forester, Pat Frank, Daniel V. Gallery, Marcus Goodrich, Robert A. Heinlein, Ernest Hemingway, Alexander Kent, Richard McKenna, Herman Melville, Brent Monahan, John Steinbeck, Barbara W. Tuchman, Mika Waltari, Morris West (Shared favorites)

Real nameMarty

LocationNew York

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMar 19, 2007

Currently readingSixty Minutes for St. George: The Everard Naval Series by Alexander Fullerton

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I clicked on your profile page to take a look-see, and surprise!!!
So many wonderful quotes about books.

The story at the beginning regarding the philosophy class is one I have copied in my notebook also.
We have used it at our congregation meetings to show the importance of putting worship and family first.

Thank you so much for participating in my thread, and for putting all these lovely quotes here.

Read you around LT

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