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12wonderY
Nov 30, 2010, 10:48am

"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

22wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:37am

culled today from others profiles:

"I labour grievously under the malady of Bibliomanie." - Thomas Jefferson

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

thanks guys

32wonderY
Dec 15, 2010, 8:34am

posted on C.S. Lewis' author page:

"It was a large room with three big windows, and it was lined from floor to ceiling with books; more books than Lucy had ever seen before, tiny little books, fat and dumpy books, and books bigger than any church Bible you have ever seen, all bound in leather and smelling old and learned and magical."

- from "The Magician's Book", chapter ten of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis

4lquilter
Dec 15, 2010, 9:12am

Number one is a lovely quote, and I thought y'all might be interested in this blogger's research on attributing the quote: http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003024.php .

52wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:36am

Again from someone's profile -

"A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices." - Neruda

“The book borrower of real stature whom we envisage here proves himself to be an inveterate collector of books not so much by the fervor with which he guards his borrowed treasures and by the deaf ear which he turns to all reminders from the everyday world of legality as by his failure to read these books." - Walter Benjamin

62wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:35am

you want your children to be bright, read them faerytales.
If you want them to be brilliant read them even more faerytales. - Albert Einstein

72wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:35am

"Let us read and let us dance ... two amusements that will never do any harm to the world."
Voltaire

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

82wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:35am

"Without this working library, I would have no compass, no map, to guide me through the density of our human condition."

--Jack Stauffacher

92wonderY
Jan 27, 2011, 2:24pm

the whole mess???

Never!
A glorious uncharted pile, perhaps.

102wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:34am

"I feel, holding the books, accomodating their weight and breathing their dust, an abiding love. I trust them." -The Girls, Lori Lansens

"Sometimes, while she was asleep, she read books in distant libraries." - The Hummingbird's Daughter, Luis Alberto Urrea

a quip by Dorothy Parker: "This is not a book to be put down lightly; it should be thrown violently."

"Books are not mere merchandise, books are a nation thinking aloud." -- the President of the Publishers Association, Geoffrey Faber, wrote to the philistine Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Kingsley Wood, leading a united front of bookmen against a proposed new purchase tax on reading matter.

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. ~Anna Quindlen

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread. ~François Mauriac

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

Far more seemly were it for thee to have thy study full of books, than thy purse full of money. ~John Lyly

112wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:33am

stolen from infiniteletters home page:

A room without books is like a body without a soul. - Cicero
(What? You don't have books in your bathroom?)
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. - Jo Godwin

"'What shall I do with all my books?' was the question, and the answer, 'Read them,' sobered the questioner. But if you cannot read them, at the very least handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open as they will. Read on from the first sentence that turns the eye. Then turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition."
(Winston S. Churchill, Amid These Storms)

122wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:32am

Someone started a similar thread, so I'm borrowing.

From an episode of the new Dr. Who where the Doctor and company are trapped in a library.

"No weapons? What do you mean no weapons? We are in a library."

and

George MacDonald "Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood"

"I delight in seeing books about me, books even of which there seems to be no prospect that I shall have time to read a single chapter before I lay this old head down for the last time. Nay, more: I confess that if they are nicely bound, so as to glow and shine in such a fire-light as that by which I was then sitting, I like them ever so much the better."

and

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~ Christopher Morley

132wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:32am

and from whiteknight50's profile page ~

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend."

~ Paul Sweeney

Although that's not how I feel at all. I'm just glad to add a new friend to my shelves.

142wonderY
Mar 30, 2011, 10:51am

from a member named Smiley:

Like everyone I have a pile of unreads. (you haven't eaten all the food in your kitchen either.)

152wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:31am

"All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ... But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not."
- Nick Hornby

162wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:31am

'We are the people of the book. We love our books. We fill our houses with books. We treasure books we inherit from our parents, and we cherish the idea of passing those books on to our children. Indeed, how many of us started reading with a beloved book that belonged to one of our parents? We force worthy books on our friends, and we insist that they read them. We even feel a weird kinship for the people we see on buses or airplanes reading our books, the books that we claim. If anyone tries to take away our books—some oppressive government, some censor gone off the rails—we would defend them with everything that we have. We know our tribespeople when we visit their homes because every wall is lined with books. There are teetering piles of books beside the bed and on the floor; there are masses of swollen paperbacks in the bathroom. Our books are us. They are our outboard memory banks and they contain the moral, intellectual, and imaginative influences that make us the people we are today.'
- Cory Doctorow

172wonderY
Jun 16, 2011, 8:25am

"There's more to life than books, you know
(but not much more)."

182wonderY
Jun 27, 2011, 4:25pm

"Nobody who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic." - F. Jones

(whoever that might be..)

192wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:30am

"It has been said that man is distinguished from animal in that he buys more books than he can read." - Edward Lasker

"all those rooms, too humble to be called libraries, where the pursuit of reading is carried on by private people" - Virginia Woolf

202wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:29am

Book collecting is a full-time occupation, and one wouldn't get far if one took time off for frivolities like reading" - A.N.L. Munby

212wonderY
Aug 3, 2011, 12:57pm

"'What shall I do with all my books?' was the question, and the answer, 'Read them,' sobered the questioner. But if you cannot read them, at the very least handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open as they will. Read on from the first sentence that turns the eye. Then turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition."

-Winston S. Churchill, Amid These Storms

222wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 7:30am

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." - Mark Twain

232wonderY
Edited: Aug 15, 2011, 7:08am

http://www.matthewcornell.org/blog/2009/4/6/on-keeping-an-umberto-eco-like-anti-...

"Umberto Eco stated (and I paraphrase) that the value of a mine is in the un-mined ore, and that the value of a library is in the unread books, i.e. the unmined knowledge. On that basis my library is very wealthy.

As with many LTers I tend to buy books at a rate that exceeds my reading capacity. I do not feel any shame in this, only an ever growing hole in my pocket." - member pgmcc

242wonderY
Aug 15, 2011, 11:19am

"A simple twentysomething doing her best to avoid Real Life. Books have always been my drug of choice." member melannen

252wonderY
Edited: Aug 16, 2011, 2:27pm

"There is no furniture as charming as books."
Sydney Smith

"The Bookman appraises towns by the number of their bookshops: if they be few, the towns are dull, monotonous, ugly; to be shunned, disliked,or, at best endured. He that should be admitted on a sudden to the sight of such places as Charing Cross Road or Farringdon Road in London wherin all manner of books are displayed for sale in numerous shops and on many stalls, could not choose,t hough he were never so poor of purse, but be much recreated by the sight--"
From 'The Anatomy of Bibliomania' by Holbrook Jackson

"Isn't it strange what happens with old books? They choose you. They reach out to their buyer - Hello, here I am, take me with you. It's as if they were alive."
From 'The Nautical Chart' by Arturo Perez-Reverte

"I often stand in the centre of the Library here and think despairingly how impossible it is ever to become possessed of all the wealth of facts and ideas contained in the books surrounding me on every hand. I pull out one volume from it's place and feel as if I were no more than giving one dig with a pick in an enormous quarry. The Porter spends his days in the Library keeping strict vigil over this catacomb of books, passing along between the shelves and yet never paying heed to the almost audible susurrus of desire- the desire every book has to be taken down and read, to live, to come into being in somebody's mind. He even hands the volumes over the counter, seeks them out in their proper places or returns them there without once realising that a Book is a Person and not a Thing."
From 'The Journal of a Disappointed Man' by W.N.P. Barbellion

"Thus gentle Reader my selfe am the ground-worke of my booke: It is then no reason thou shouldest employ thy time about so frivolous and vaine a subject. Therefore farewell.
From 'Essais, -The author to the reader' by Michel de Montaigne.

from member devenish

262wonderY
Edited: Dec 15, 2011, 10:39am

" Reading is rapture (or if it isn't, I put the book down meaning to go on with it later, and escape out the side door)." - William Maxwell

http://www.librarything.com/author/maxwellwilliam-1

from member hemlokgang

272wonderY
Dec 29, 2011, 2:11pm

"if you're not eating ramen noodles, you're not spending enough on books!"

-member Helcura in a thread in Ancient History

282wonderY
Edited: Dec 29, 2011, 2:17pm

"One thing I find fascinating about Mesopotamian tablets is that as I understand it,mostly they were made in clay with the idea that what was written on them could be "erased" and written over, kind of like a chalkboard, but the reason we have so many of them nowadays is because of the prevalence of palace fires which effectively baked them! Imagine that!

That's not to say that this was never done on purpose, mind you, but the idea of preservation through destruction is pretty appealing to me in a number of ways :-D"
-member Feicht

"Talk about creating hard copies ;-)"
-member BarkingMatt

292wonderY
Edited: Dec 29, 2011, 2:25pm

"I wonder how future civilizations will interpret some of the highly specialized text, like computer programming manuals and knitting patterns. They'll be trying to figure out what we were worshipping."
-member SylviaC

302wonderY
Dec 29, 2011, 4:44pm

"They can have my hardcopy book when they pry from my cold, dead hands!

Even then I prefer they leave it alone so I can try to "take it with me." There might be a line at the gate and I wanna read until I get to talk to St. Peter."

-member pmackey

312wonderY
Jan 3, 2012, 4:57pm

"It may look like a mere pile of books, but it's "Mind, all Mind.""

-member quicksiva

322wonderY
Jan 10, 2012, 11:47am

350 fuzzi
I have a confession to make:

I hung another bookshelf on the wall this past weekend...

...aarrgghh!!!

351 alco261
>350 ....talk about cruel and unusual punishment...so how long does it take for a bookshelf to die once it is hung? Rather than punishing bookshelves I've found you get a lot more cooperation if you feed them. I have them line up against the walls of the rooms in the house and then I stuff them with books until they can't hold anymore...I suppose I might be guilty of over feeding but they don't seem to mind.

33robin_b
Jan 10, 2012, 12:15pm

"When Providence throws a good book in my way, I bow to its decree and purchase it as an act of piety"

- The Poet at the Breakfast-Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes

342wonderY
Jan 10, 2012, 12:19pm

Thanks Robin.

I didn't realize there was another breakfast table title. Must look for it.
Great quote.

352wonderY
Jan 18, 2012, 1:21pm

"I have two wall shelves for books I haven't read yet. You know how it is - until you've read 'em how do you know they won't contaminate another book by putting them next to an old favorite? "
- member cemanuel

There is a quote from Borges on catagorization. It said something to the effect of "The act of putting a book on a shelf involves a categorization and classification decision". But he said it more nicely.

"a special bookcase facing my front door, designed to have particularly beguiling books, with the intention that every visitor will find something of interest as (s)he enters the house..."
-member stellarexplorer

"I once had a friend who thought that de-alphabetising my bookshelves was a real hoot, until I gave him a nipple cripple he hasn't forgotten!"
-member Stevia

"For shelving I plan to hollow out interior walls in my living and dining rooms.

Words can't convey how much this delighted me. It sounds like an entry in some sort of "You Know You Are a Serious Bibliophile when ... " list. Left to my own devices, I'd probably keep hollowing out walls for shelving indefinitely, until at the end, I'd live not in a house, but in a stack of books with a roof on top. :D"
-member Essa

362wonderY
Jan 18, 2012, 1:28pm

"When I hollow out my walls I AM planning to put some finished wood in - not just have books be what separates rooms in my house.
I'm not a complete barbarian. Though there may be some wiring issues to work around."
-member cemanuel

"Anyone who claims to have read all his books either has very few, or is lying."
-member stellarexplorer

372wonderY
Jan 18, 2012, 1:42pm

"I would be very nervous and uncomfortable if I went very many days without several "to reads" close at hand. It seems at least as important as having enough food in the house for the next few days....One not only has to have a couple of books in reserve, but you have have a couple of cheap novels, humor books (like a David Sedaris), some nice mystery choices, history books on various periods, a couple of deep philosophers, something on politics.

Owning plenty of books you have not read isn't nuts! It's prudent."
-member thejazzmonger

the last several posts excerpted from thread
http://www.librarything.com/topic/58959

382wonderY
Jan 18, 2012, 1:54pm

"I find shelf space where none means to exist, and yet - horizontal surface, you are mine!!!"
-member WaxPoetic

"Some friends of theirs had rented their house for several months to an interior decorator. When they returned, they discovered that their entire library had been reorganized by color and size. Shortly thereafter, the decorator met with a fatal automobile accident. I confess that when this story was told, everyone around the dinner table concurred that justice had been served."
- Anne Fadiman in Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

392wonderY
Jan 19, 2012, 8:03am

ah!!!!

"Libraries, nature of.

Even big collections of ordinary books distort space and time, as can readily be proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned second-hand bookshop, one of those that has more staircases than storeys and those rows of shelves that end in little doors that are surely too small for a full sized human to enter.

The relevant equation is Knowledge = Power = Energy = Matter = Mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read. Mass distorts space into polyfractal L-space, in which Everywhere is also Everywhere Else.

All libraries are connected in L-space by the bookwormholes created by the strong space-time distortions found in any large collection of books. Only a very few librarians learn the secret, and there are inflexible rules about making use of the fact - because it amounts to time travel.

The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: (1) Silence; (2) Books must be returned no later than the last date shown, and (3) the nature of causality must not be interfered with."

- Terry Pratchett in The Discworld Companion

402wonderY
Jan 25, 2012, 10:05am

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.”
― L.M. Montgomery

412wonderY
Edited: Feb 23, 2012, 4:11pm

possible repeats, but just dumping the batch today from member devendish:

"There is no furniture as charming as books."
Sydney Smith

"The Bookman appraises towns by the number of their bookshops: if they be few, the towns are dull, monotonous, ugly; to be shunned, disliked, or, at best endured. He that should be admitted on a sudden to the sight of such places as Charing Cross Road or Farringdon Road in London wherin all manner of books are displayed for sale in numerous shops and on many stalls, could not choose, though he were never so poor of purse, but be much recreated by the sight--"
From 'The Anatomy of Bibliomania' by Holbrook Jackson

"Isn't it strange what happens with old books? They choose you. They reach out to their buyer - Hello, here I am, take me with you. It's as if they were alive."
From 'The Nautical Chart' by Arture Perez-Reverte

"I often stand in the centre of the Library here and think despairingly how impossible it is ever to become possessed of all the wealth of facts and ideas contained in the books surrounding me on every hand. I pull out one volume from it's place and feel as if I were no more than giving one dig with a pick in an enormous quarry. The Porter spends his days in the Library keeping strict vigil over this catacomb of books, passing along between the shelves and yet never paying heed to the almost audible susurrus of desire- the desire every book has to be taken down and read, to live, to come into being in somebody's mind. He even hands the volumes over the counter, seeks them out in their proper places or returns them there without once realising that a Book is a Person and not a Thing."
From 'The Journal of a Disappointed Man' by W.N.P. Barbellion

"Thus gentle Reader my selfe am the ground-worke of my booke: It is then no reason thou shouldest employ thy time about so frivolous and vaine a subject. Therefore farewell.
From 'Essais,-The author to the reader' by Michel de Montaigne.

422wonderY
Edited: Feb 27, 2012, 8:40am

from member sqdancer

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." --Austin Phelps

I'm not a bibliophile, I'm a bibliophiliac.
Put me in a bookstore, & my wallet bleeds. - John Stracke, 2001

"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world." - Voltaire.

"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

"Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live."
Gustave Flaubert

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

432wonderY
Edited: Feb 27, 2012, 8:39am

"I love books. I like looking at them, handling them, browsing through them, sorting them, holding them, stacking them, sharing them. Sometimes I even get around to reading them."
- member SylviaC

44jeznadel
Feb 27, 2012, 9:00am

You can ask your children to read fairytales but not to open. You can do mix reading in different types of books to easily enhance the mind and brain of children.

452wonderY
Edited: Feb 27, 2012, 4:35pm

"The library is a great labyrinth .... You enter and you do not know whether you will come out." Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

"We're in a library! Books! Best weapons in the world." (The Doctor)

from member casvelyn

462wonderY
Mar 15, 2012, 1:53pm

"May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phonoecians, or whoever it was that invented books." - Thomas Carlyle

472wonderY
Mar 27, 2012, 4:16pm

Carlos Maria Dominquez The House of Paper
"...the books are advancing silently, innocently through my house. There is no way I can stop them"

482wonderY
Apr 2, 2012, 2:55pm

from member ReadHanded (Which is why I checked out her profile)

About my library "I know I have another box of books around here somewhere that hasn't been entered in yet..."

492wonderY
Jun 26, 2012, 7:49am

from member claytonhowl

"In this cultural context, books - whether read or unread - form a kind of second language to which we can turn to talk about ourselves, to communicate with others, and to defend ourselves in conflict. Like language, books serve to express us, but also to complete us, furnishing, through a variety of excerpted and reworked fragments, the missing elements of our personality.
Like words, books, in representing us, also deform what we are. We cannot coincide completely with the image the totality of our reading presents; whether the image makes us look better or worse that we should, behind it, all our particularities vanish. And especially since books are often present within us only as little-known or forgotten fragments, we are often out of phase with the books that are our public face; they are inadequate, in the end, as any other language."
- Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read

50hearthlit
Oct 9, 2013, 11:44am

The peace of great books be for you,
Stains of pressed clover leaves on pages,
Bleach of the light of years held in leather. - Carl Sandburg

There are other lovely stanzas in this poem, "For You."

- hearthlit

51HenriMoreaux
Oct 26, 2013, 3:02am

522wonderY
Oct 29, 2013, 2:38pm

from laytonwoman3rd

"Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself." John Milton

"..the truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more." Gabriel Zaid

532wonderY
Nov 12, 2013, 3:20pm

from one of the migrants from GoodReads:

"Books aren't widgets; they are boxes full of ideas."

54MissWatson
Nov 12, 2013, 3:54pm

I found this in Le petit Nicolas: "Il est très vilain de faire du mal à un livre, à un arbre ou à une bête."
Please note that books come first!

552wonderY
Jan 15, 2014, 7:11am

"...surround yourself with books, to create for yourself a bookish atmosphere. The mere physical side of books is important - more important than it may seem to the inexperienced. ...The eye must be flattered; the hand must be flattered; the sense of owning must be flattered. Sacrifices must be made for the acquisition of literature. That which has cost a sacrifice is always endeared. ... For the present, buy - buy whatever has received the imprimatur of critical authority. Buy without any immediate reference to what you will read. Buy! Surround yourself with volumes, as handsome as you can afford. And for reading, all that I will now particularly enjoin is a general and inclusive tasting ..."

from member LesMiserables

562wonderY
Feb 4, 2014, 9:15am

"In college, I discovered used book stores and inter-library loans. I also received life-altering advice from a cranky, wonderful, old art history professor. She commented my writing was terrible and I needed to read more. I responded that I read 3-5 books a week, and she said, "Then you're reading the wrong books." She was correct. Taking her words to heart, I expanded my narrow book choices to include a sprawling range of subjects, prose, authors and genres."

from member empress8411

572wonderY
Mar 13, 2014, 9:39am

"Books are essence of chocolate and spirit of God and wind, mountain, and wine."

not credited, but found here:
http://people.virginia.edu/~jbh/bonnie.html

58MDGentleReader
Mar 15, 2014, 12:21pm

"'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

59hearthlit
Edited: Jun 4, 2014, 10:15am

Stranger, pause and look;
From the dust of ages
Lift this little book,
Turn the tattered pages,
Read me, do not let me die!
Search the fading letters, finding
Steadfast in the broken binding
All that once was I! - Edna St. Vincent Millay

(This is one of fifteen stanzas in "The Poet and His Book." - hearthlit)

602wonderY
Oct 29, 2014, 9:20am

"Books were - and remain - my first love. I have stayed faithful to them and they to me."

from member Andrew-Constantine

612wonderY
Dec 2, 2014, 12:39pm

622wonderY
Dec 2, 2014, 12:41pm

"..the truly cultured are capable of owning thousands of unread books without losing their composure or their desire for more." - Gabriel Zaid

"All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal." - Nick Hornby

possibly a repeat, also by Hornby

"The surest way to spot a non-reader: someone who comes into your house, looks at your books, and asks, 'Have you read all these?'"

"I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage." - Charles DeSecondat

63MDGentleReader
Dec 6, 2014, 4:40pm

"A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book."

―E.B. White

642wonderY
Dec 8, 2014, 7:52am



**like**

65Cynfelyn
Jan 12, 2015, 1:42pm

Dorothy was a little disappointed in the books. She, Titty, and Dick began at once to search along the two shelves that held Captain Flint's houseboat library. All the books seemed to be books about travel. Dorothea had been looking for stories, but there were none except The Riddle of the Sands, and that, when she glanced at the charts in the beginning of it, did not seem her sort of book. But Dick had found almost at once the very book he wanted.

'Here it is,' he said. 'Farthest North. The Voyage and Exploration of the Fram, and the Fifteen-Months Sledge Expedition. This'll tell us everything we want to know.'

Winter holiday by Arthur Ransome

662wonderY
Edited: Jan 20, 2015, 9:30am

One of my favorite authors said in an interview that there is a tendency both to believe and teach in schools and colleges that “enjoyment” is an illiterate reaction; that if you are a serious reader, you should take the construction to pieces; find and analyse sources, dissect it into symbols, and debase it into allegory. He added: “It seems to me comparable to a man who having eaten anything, from a salad to a complete and well-planned dinner, uses an emetic, and sends the results for chemical analysis.”

member myshelves

672wonderY
Edited: Jan 27, 2015, 12:49pm

"Books are tokens of identity"

-Adam Kirsch

Tsundoku (積ん読) - "the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books." (Wiktionary)

“No, these are the ones I have to read by the end of the month, I keep the others in my office.” -Umberto Eco

682wonderY
Apr 15, 2015, 11:44am

"A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to."

-Vivekananda

692wonderY
Jun 3, 2015, 12:11pm

from Louve_de_mer 's profile page

"Si vous possédez une bibliothèque et un jardin, vous avez tout ce qu’il vous faut." (Cicéron)

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need" (Cicero)

and then this cartoon as well:

70nrmay
Jul 18, 2015, 11:23am

Books to the ceiling, books to the sky!
My piles of books are a mile high!
How I love them, how I need them . . .
I'll have a long beard before I read them!

Arnold Lobel

712wonderY
Sep 1, 2015, 12:57pm

"Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one." ~ Augustine Birrell

722wonderY
Feb 4, 2016, 9:05am

"Reading would be my middle name if I didn't already have one."

73Library_Web
Edited: Feb 7, 2016, 11:01am

"Their [books] values lies in enabling men to do, think, feel and understand better than they could if they depended solely on their individual experience and that of those with whom they were in immediate contact."
- Lionel R McColvin

https://www.librarything.com/topic/218687#5463754

74Library_Web
Edited: Feb 7, 2016, 10:58am

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75MDGentleReader
May 12, 2016, 12:46pm

“Better to go barefoot than without books.”

Icelandic saying

76MDGentleReader
Jun 28, 2016, 4:21pm

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."

Charles William Eliot

77MDGentleReader
Jun 28, 2016, 4:22pm

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

Theodor Seuss Geisel

78MDGentleReader
Jun 28, 2016, 4:22pm

"Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart."

Oprah Winfrey

79MDGentleReader
Jun 28, 2016, 4:22pm

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Joseph Addison

80MDGentleReader
Jun 28, 2016, 4:23pm

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

Marcus Tullius Cicero

812wonderY
Edited: Feb 1, 2017, 8:21am

"Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life." - Robert Louis Stevenson.

"A little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable part of a man's history." - H.W. Beecher

“To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.”
- Robertson Davies

82macsbrains
Feb 1, 2017, 1:07pm

From The Book on Fire, by Keith Miller, which is pretty much biblio-porn:

"I read them over and over. The others can't understand. They laugh at me, they say I'm surrounded by a billion books, that I should read each book once and move on. They think I must be slow-witted, that I don't understand what I read unless I reread. They think I'm sick. They can't understand that I'm not reading the book, I'm trying to wear it. I'm trying to eat it."

"There is no shortage of books, beautiful books, costly books, on this planet. But occasionally, in my life of crime, I've come across a volume that annihilates me."

"I had never before watched someone read an entire book. It was like watching someone live a life in three hours."

"The great libraries of the world are filled with people ruined or beatified by books. They walk through the hallways twitching a thousand voices in their ears. They have no idea whether you're real or a character from a printed page."

I posted them a while back in the quotation section of the work page because the whole book is like this.

832wonderY
Feb 1, 2017, 1:21pm

842wonderY
Feb 28, 2017, 11:07am

"A library card is my utility belt."

from new member Ian_Boucher Twitter account

85SDaisy
Mar 19, 2017, 11:49pm

The following quotes are from Ernest Hemingway: Man of Courage by Kurt Singer and Jane Sherrod, and are (unless otherwise stated) by Ernest Hemingway, not the authors.

“Don’t psychoanalyze me or my books… All I am interested in, will I be able to write another book as powerful, as strong, and will it take a long time of laboring to write a book to match this one? Am I a one-book man? Where do I go from here?”

“When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and you warm as you write. You read what you have written, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next. You write until you come to the place where you still have your juice.”

“The test of a book is how much good stuff you can throw away. I’m writing it. I’m just as proud as a lion. I use the oldest words in the English language. People think I am an ignorant guy who doesn’t know the ten-dollar words. There are older and better words which if you can arrange them in the proper combination you can make it stick.”

86MDGentleReader
Mar 24, 2017, 8:07am

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Joyce Carol Oates

87MDGentleReader
Mar 24, 2017, 10:22am

“Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?”

― David Baldacci, The Camel Club

88MDGentleReader
Apr 24, 2017, 2:53pm

Life without books is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point.

89MDGentleReader
May 4, 2017, 10:32pm

"Book-shelves had long ago failed to accommodate Rabbi's treasures, and the floor had been bravely utilised. Islands of books, rugged and perpendicular, rose on every side; long promontories reached out from the shore, varied by bold headlands; and so broken and varied was that floor that the Rabbi was pleased to call it the Ægean Sea, where he had his Lesbos and his Samos. It is absolutely incredible, but it is all the same a simple fact, that he knew every book and its location, having a sense of the feel as well as the shape of his favourites. This was not because he had the faintest approach to orderliness — for he would take down twenty volumes and never restore them to the same place by any chance. It was a sort of motherly instinct by which he watched over them all, even loved prodigals that wandered all over the study and then set off on adventurous journeys to distant rooms. The restoration of an emigrant to his lawful home was celebrated by a feast in which, by a confusion of circumstances, the book played the part of the fatted calf, being read afresh from beginning to end."

From Kate Carnegie by Ian Maclaren

90bernsad
May 4, 2017, 10:47pm

>89 MDGentleReader: What a great description.

912wonderY
May 5, 2017, 9:46am

>89 MDGentleReader: //big smile// Thank you for sharing that one.

92MDGentleReader
May 29, 2017, 10:47pm

To read well, one must be at leisure. Disinterested reading involves moving into a different zone that permits placid reflection. A good book, like good wine, cannot be savored in a hurry. It needs time to breathe. A mind cluttered with many preoccupations is not free for reading.

Michael Casey in Strangers To the City

93SylviaC
May 29, 2017, 11:58pm

>92 MDGentleReader: Well, that's the truth!

942wonderY
Jan 30, 2018, 8:06am

stolen from EdenPrime 's profile



Thanks for this morning's belly laugh.

95haydninvienna
Edited: Oct 19, 2018, 10:37am

>10 2wonderY: Re the Mauriac quotation: I seem to recall that somewhere in an essay (probably in The Personal Art), on the trade in pornography, Robertson Davies qualifies the comment about knowing someone by their books by pointing out that it's true only if we have seen all of their books, not just the ones they put on display. (Touchstone goes to A Voice from the Attic, which I think is an alternative title.)

96dypaloh
Nov 12, 2018, 9:01pm

An expression of love for a library, and heartbreak:
But if you saw the old library, situated as it was, in a big, old wooden building painted a shade of yellow that is beautiful to people like me, with its wide veranda, its big, always open windows, its rows and rows of shelves filled with books, its beautiful wooden tables and chairs for sitting and reading, if you could hear the sound of its quietness (for the quiet in this library was a sound in itself), the smell of the sea (which was a stone’s throw away), the heat of the sun (no building could protect us from that), the beauty of us sitting there like communicants at an altar, taking in, again and again, the fairy tale of how we met you, your right to do the things you did, how beautiful you were, are, and always will be; if you could see all of that in just one glimpse, you would see why my heart would break at the dung heap that now passes for a library in Antigua. The place where the library is now, above the dry-goods store, in the old run-down concrete building, is too small to hold all the books from the old building, and so most of the books, instead of being on their nice shelves, resting comfortably, waiting to acquaint me with you in all your greatness, are in cardboard boxes in a room, gathering mildew, or dust, or ruin.

From A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

972wonderY
Edited: Jun 20, 2019, 11:46am

From stringcat3 profile:

"She herself was a victim of that lust for books which rages in the breast like a demon, and which cannot be stilled save by the frequent and plentiful acquisition of books. This passion is more common, and more powerful, than most people suppose. Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dopetaker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command. They want books as a Turk is thought to want concubines - not to be hastily deflowered, but to be kept at their master's call, and enjoyed more often in thought than in reality."

From TEMPEST-TOST by Robertson Davies

982wonderY
Feb 15, 4:07pm

“It is most likely that I will die next to a pile of books I was meaning to read.”

-Lemony Snickett