People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
A good book is an event in my life.
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
Reading brings us unknown friends
I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.
A word after a word after a word is power.
Have you really read all those books in your room?” Alaska laughing- “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.
[D]on't ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read...
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.