Thursday, May 03, 2007

Books, books, books

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about books:

" A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." Italio Calvino

"Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one as the end of a long day makes that day happier." Kathleen Norris

"There is a space in everyone's bookshelves for books one has outgrown but cannot give away.
They hold one's youth between their leaves, like flowers pressed on a half-forgotten summer's day." Marion C. Garretty

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if there is any left, I buy food and clothes." Erasmus

"Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent to me."Anatole France

"A home without books is like a room without windows....A little library,growing every year,
is an honorable part of a man's (woman's) history. It is a man's (woman's) duty to have books.
A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life." Henry Ward Beecher

"When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness." Vincent Starrett

News item: 70-year-old Eleanor Barry of Long Island was a long-time collector of books, magazines, and newspapers. Police were summoned to her house in December, 1977, when neighbors reported they had not seen her for several weeks. When they entered her house, they found it full of floor to ceiling books. They had to use an axe to break down her bedroom
door because a collapsed stack of heavy books blocked it. Faint cries for help led them to an enormous stack of heavy books which had fallen onto the bed and trapped her there. They were with some effort able to rescue her from the pile of books, but unfortunately she died on the way to the hospital, killed by her book collection." (What a way to go--JAT)

"Never read a book through merely because you have begun it." John Witherspoon

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

"Every man (woman) who knows how to read has it in his (her) power to magnify himself (herself), to multiply the ways in which he (she) exists, to make his (her) life full, significant, and interesting." Aldous Huxley

" A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen in our souls."Franz Kafka

Quotes from A Passion for Books by Terry W. Glaspey

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