Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Quote of the day, Oct. 4

October 4, 2017

Samuel Johnson, on writing

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

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Quote of the day, Oct. 3

October 3, 2017

Gustave Flaubert, on reading

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

Quote of the day, Sept. 30

September 30, 2017

John F. Kennedy, on books (1960)

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 28

September 28, 2017

 Isaac Asimov, on censorship

“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 25

September 25, 2017

Judy Blume, on freedom

“Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 16

September 17, 2017

Heinrich Heine, on books

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 26

August 26, 2017

Annie Dillard, on books (from The Living)

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 24

August 24, 2017

Thomas à Kempis, on peace

“In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro.”

(Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.)

Quote of the day, Aug. 16

August 17, 2017

Oscar Wilde, on books

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 3

August 3, 2017

Dwight D. Eisenhower, on books

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.”