What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent
That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
A good book is an event in my life.
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
I am never long, even in the society of her I love, without yearning for the company of my lamp and my library.
The walls are the publishers of the poor.
A novel is a static thing that one moves through; a play is a dynamic thing that moves past one.