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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

“...and so from little sleep and much reading, his brain dried up and he lost his wits.” ~Cervantes

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~Mark Twain

“f there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." --Toni Morrison

“Pardon my frankness -- but I always care very much for the make-up of my books.” - Edith Wharton to Richard Watson Gilder, 1902

"Hemingway, remarks are not literature." ~Gertrude Stein

"Henry James Chews more than he bites off." Mrs. Henry Adams

"Philip Roth is a good writer, but I wouldn't want to shake hands with him." ~Jacqueline Susann

"Why don't you write books people can read?" ~Nora Joyce (to her husband, James)

"Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for publication." ~Fran Lebowitz
"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." ~P. J. O'Rourke

“The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching for infinity.” ~ A. Edward Newton

"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

"Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery." ~David Nicholls

“They say that when an old person dies, a library goes with them.” ~ Artist Wangechi Mutu on her Nigerian elders

When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'
~Hillaire Belloc

"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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Bookstores: Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Framingham, Borders - Ann Arbor - Downtown, Brattle Book Shop, Harvard Book Store, New England Mobile Book Fair, The Harvard Coop

Libraries: Boston 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

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