Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 8

January 9, 2018

Carl Sagan, on books

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”

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Quote of the day, Jan. 6

January 7, 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower, on reading

“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.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 5

January 5, 2018

J.K. Rowling, on books

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 4

January 5, 2018

Harper Lee, on reading

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 29

December 30, 2017

Marilynne Robinson, on books

“I was read to as a small child, I read on my own as soon as I could, and I recall being more or less overwhelmed again and again—if not by what the books actually said, by what they suggested, what they helped me to imagine.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 8

December 9, 2017

Jane Smiley, on books (from Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel)

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

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.”

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.”