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#1. The thing about books was, the more you read and liked them, the more you wanted to have on hand to read. Before you knew it you needed more bookshelves, and then all of the sudden they filled your house. - Author: Sui Ishida
Book Shelves quotes by Sui Ishida
#2. My books standing there on the shelf do not know that I have written them. - Author: Jorge Luis Borges
Book Shelves quotes by Jorge Luis Borges
#3. To a book collector, you see, the true freedom of all books is somewhere on his shelves. - Author: Walter Benjamin
Book Shelves quotes by Walter Benjamin
#4. And this is the library," Mrs. Simcosky said, leading Beth into a generous room with a fire flickering in a river rock fireplace. "Or, as Mason liked to call it, my love den." She drifted to one of the floor to ceiling book shelves and trailed her fingers down a bevy of colorful spines. "He used to call my books 'the other men'. - Author: Trish McCallan
Book Shelves quotes by Trish McCallan
#5. I get a glimpse of the mind of many souls from their sacred books. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Book Shelves quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#6. I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf. - Author: Patti Smith
Book Shelves quotes by Patti Smith
#7. she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. - Author: Lewis Carroll
Book Shelves quotes by Lewis Carroll
#8. Books are sacred wisdom. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
Book Shelves quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#9. Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything: then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves: here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed: it was labelled "ORANGE MARMALADE," but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar, for fear of killing somebody underneath, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it. - Author: Lewis Carroll
Book Shelves quotes by Lewis Carroll
#10. A beautiful girl in the library whispered to herself, "I too peek from the book shelves, but I can't stare longer. - Author: Bhavik Sarkhedi
Book Shelves quotes by Bhavik Sarkhedi
#11. There were thousands of brown books in leather bindings, some chained to the book-shelves and others propped against each other as if they had had too much to drink and did not really trust themselves. These gave out a smell of must and solid brownness which was most secure. - Author: T.H. White
Book Shelves quotes by T.H. White
#12. If you don't see the book you want on the shelves, write it. - Author: Beverly Cleary
Book Shelves quotes by Beverly Cleary
#13. The book-shelves were her darling treasure, She rarely seemed the time to measure While she could read alone. - Author: Charlotte Bronte
Book Shelves quotes by Charlotte Bronte
#14. Wooed by a vivid cover, she picked one up and leafed through it. She loved thee way it smelled, the ink, the fine paper, the oversized photographs. - Author: Elizabeth Brundage
Book Shelves quotes by Elizabeth Brundage
#15. A stout, middle-aged man, with enormous owl-eyed spectacles, was sitting somewhat drunk on the edge of a great table, staring with unsteady concentration at the shelves of books. As we entered he wheeled excitedly around and examined Jordan from head to foot.
"What do you think?" he demanded impetuously.
"About what?"
He waved his hand toward the book-shelves.
"About that. As a matter of fact you needn't bother to ascertain. I ascertained. They're real."
"The books?"
He nodded.
"Absolutely real - have pages and everything. I thought they'd be a nice durable cardboard. Matter of fact, they're absolutely real. Pages and - Here! Lemme show you."
Taking our scepticism for granted, he rushed to the bookcases and returned with Volume One of the "Stoddard Lectures."
"See!" he cried triumphantly. "It's a bona-fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too - didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect? - Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book Shelves quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald
#16. I work in a small study on the top floor of a brownstone in Brooklyn - it's about 75 square feet, 11 taken up by book shelves along one wall. - Author: Kathryn Harrison
Book Shelves quotes by Kathryn Harrison
#17. True love can beat any storm no matter how rough the sea is, true love sails through it - Author: Janki Hemani
Book Shelves quotes by Janki Hemani
#18. What a strange expression said the herbalist who would compare themselves to chopped liver in the first place? If you have to to choose an organ why not pick a gallbladder or a thymus gland instead? Much more interesting than a liver. Or what about chopped t- - Author: Christopher Paolini
Book Shelves quotes by Christopher Paolini
#19. On the planet O there has not been a war for five thousand years, she read, and on Gethen there has never been a war." She stopped reading, to rest her eyes and because she was trying to train herself to read slowly. "There has never been a war." In her mind the words stood clear and bright, surrounded by and sinking into an infinite, dark, soft incredulity. What would that world be, a world without war? It would be the real world. Peace was the true life, the life of working and learning and bringing up children to work and learn. War, which devoured work, learning, and children, was the denial of reality. But my people, she thought, know only how to deny. Born in the dark shadow of power misused, we set peace outside our world, a guiding and unattainable light. All we know to do is fight. Any peace one of us can make in our life is only a denial that the war is going on, a shadow of the shadow, a doubled unbelief. So as the cloud-shadows swept over the marshes and the page of the book open on her lap, she sighed and closed her eyes. thinking, "I am a liar." Then she opened her eyes and read more about the other worlds, the far realities. - Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Book Shelves quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin
#20. Storytelling is a business of unique snowflakes. Every writer is different; every book is different; every reader is different. This is why it's so hard to give writing advice, because what works for me might be poison to someone else. But if I could make one absolute assertion, it would be this: If you are not enjoying your writing, you're doing it wrong. A book is not a battle, nor is it a conquest. A book is a story, and telling it should be an enjoyable exercise. So the next time you don't want to write, don't waste time beating yourself up. Instead, stop and ask yourself why. Why do you not want to do this fundamentally enjoyable thing? What's really going on? - Author: Rachel Aaron
Book Shelves quotes by Rachel Aaron
#21. Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. - Author: Arnold Lobel
Book Shelves quotes by Arnold Lobel
#22. In the first book I shall describe all the positions of the spheres, along with the motions which I attribute to the Earth, so that the book will contain as it were the general structure of the universe. In the remaining books I relate the motions of the remaining stars, and all the spheres, to the mobility of the Earth, so that it can be thence established how far the motions and appearances of the remaining stars and spheres can be saved, if they are referred to the motions of the Earth. - Author: Nicolaus Copernicus
Book Shelves quotes by Nicolaus Copernicus
#23. I'll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I'll drown my book. - William Shakespeare, The Tempest - Author: Lev Grossman
Book Shelves quotes by Lev Grossman
#24. I would never require anyone to read any book. That seems antithetical to why we read - which is to choose a book for our personal reasons. I always shudder when I'm told my books are on required reading lists. - Author: Amy Tan
Book Shelves quotes by Amy Tan
#25. Reading the [The Verso Book of Dissent] is like encountering the best version of our angry selves. - Author: Jonathan Messinger
Book Shelves quotes by Jonathan Messinger
#26. Most books that come out with a comedy label seem to be, Eric [WAREHEIM]and I could have written, "This is our story, and this is who we are," and sort of this navel-gazing, narcissistic approach to comedy we're seeing these days. - Author: Tim Heidecker
Book Shelves quotes by Tim Heidecker
#27. When you got source material, whether it's a play or a book - a great writer often appreciates being adapted and developed. It's like when you go see a production of a great play and they are always different. There is always room for interpretation. - Author: Jude Law
Book Shelves quotes by Jude Law
#28. Among unequals what society Can sort, what harmony, or true delight? - Author: John Milton
Book Shelves quotes by John Milton
#29. I'm so sorry. I don't think the etiquette manuals cover this sort of situation." He leaned in close, his lips all but grazing her neck, and inhaled. "Mmm. You smell good, too."
She nearly choked. Took a step backwards, until her back met cold stone. "Th-thank you."
"That's better. May I kiss you?" His finger dipped into her shirt collar, stroking the tender nape of her neck.
"I d-don't th-think that's a good idea."
"Why not? We're alone." His hands were at her waist.
Her lungs felt tight and much too small. "Wh-what if somebody comes in?"
He considered for a moment. "Well, I suppose they'll think I fancy grubby little boys. - Author: Y.S. Lee
Book Shelves quotes by Y.S. Lee
#30. Seriously, why do you read that crap?" asked the girl.
Book Boy snapped his volume shut and removed his glasses from his nose. "I speak the truth! In all of these books the girls are throwing themselves at the romantic heroes- romantic heroes who are dead, ho drink human blood. Be of good cheer, my brothers, for I tell you there is hope!"
One of the other guys, a large black chap, rolled his lone eye. "Okay, you're cut off. Someone get him a cookbook or something."
"Or, you know, some fair damsel to seduce," the girl said, looking up from her reflection. - Author: Lia Habel
Book Shelves quotes by Lia Habel
#31. In the 1950s, there was a sense that literature and writing had a burning importance - that you could write a book or paint a painting and change the world. That kind of faith seems to be lacking now. Literature has been pushed toward the sidelines of [modern day] culture. There isn't that sense of centrality or permanence to the written word - everything seems more disposable. - Author: Joyce Johnson
Book Shelves quotes by Joyce Johnson
#32. July 8, 2013
Review of Bargain with the Devil
Author: Gloria Gravitt Moulder
My interest in the death of Margaret Mitchell was sparked as a young child growing up in Georgia. I was born in 1953, 4 years after her death. Older relatives, neighbors and friends would sit around discussing her death as I was growing up and with the inquisitive mind of a young child; I found what they were saying interesting enough to listen in. They talked about how the taxi cab driver, Hugh Gravitt, (some of which knew him as this was a small southern town where everyone knew everyone) was not a drinker because of his health and how the newspaper articles had written he was drunk and speeding when it wasn't true. I overheard many things about how the media was wrong regarding the circumstances of her death. Some speculated she committed suicide; others suspected her husband pushed her in front of the car Mr. Gravitt was driving. All commented that both Margaret and John were drunk and jaywalking across Peachtree Street.
I read the book (Gone with the Wind) when I was 13 and went to see the movie in 1969 at the Fox theatre with friends. I cannot relate how this impacted me. I became interested in all I heard as a child again and over the years have read many articles on the subject of Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh. I never believed the stories about Hugh Gravitt being at fault in her death as a result of all those conversations I had overheard by my elders as a child.
- Author: Gloria Gravitt Moulder
Book Shelves quotes by Gloria Gravitt Moulder
#33. At bottom it is always a writer's tendency, his "purpose," his "message," that makes him liked or disliked. The proof of this is the extreme difficulty of seeing any literary merit in a book that seriously damages your deepest beliefs. - Author: George Orwell
Book Shelves quotes by George Orwell
#34. I've read about this in books, imagined it in my mind countless times since I've been here, but to actually witness it is something entirely different. I thought I was prepared, but nothing - no amount of book learning or supposed life experience or bravado - can make you invulnerable to the sight of a vampire drinking blood. - Author: Melika Dannese Lux
Book Shelves quotes by Melika Dannese Lux
#35. Being on a book tour is like being on the seesaw when you're a little kid. The excitement is in having someone to play with, and in rising up in the air, but then you're at the mercy of those holding you down, and if it's your older brother, or Paul Wolfowitz, they leap up, so that you crash down and get hurt. - Author: Anne Lamott
Book Shelves quotes by Anne Lamott
#36. If you've got comic book fans and soap fans and country fans, I think you've hit the whole world. What else is there? - Author: Lindsay Hartley
Book Shelves quotes by Lindsay Hartley
#37. The iPod is clearly a tipping point (and I'm not quite sure it is a wholly positive development), because it is a revolution in the way that we consume creative property, which I would call art. It has radically changed the relationship between the artist and the audience, how money changes hands, and how much money changes hands. Music was the first, and books are coming next. The Kindle or some form of electronic book is clearly inevitable, and it will massively reshape how books are sold, who pays for them, and how they're consumed. It is going to be really fascinating. - Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Book Shelves quotes by Malcolm Gladwell
#38. Nobody will pay money for your book and read it if all it will talk about is YOU and YOUR experience. - Author: Peter Garety
Book Shelves quotes by Peter Garety
#39. Everyone's talking about the death and disappearance of the book as a format and an object. I don't think that will happen. I think whatever happens, we have to figure out a way to protect our imaginations. Stories and poetry do that. You need a language in this world. People want words, they want to hear their situation in language, and find a way to talk about it. It allows you to find a language to talk about your own pain.
If you give kids a language, they can use it. I think that's what these educators fear. If you really educate these kids, they aren't going to punch you in the face, they are going to challenge you with your own language. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
Book Shelves quotes by Jeanette Winterson
#40. It seemed a fitting way to end my teaching career. I had always insisted that a good education was a synthesis of book learning and involvement in social action, that each enriched the other. - Author: Howard Zinn
Book Shelves quotes by Howard Zinn
#41. It occurred to me that falling in love was like jumping off a cliff. You know it's gonna hurt like hell, but you do it anyway, hoping you'll sprout wings and fly. I was still waiting to see if I would plunge to an agonizing death or grow wings and soar. - Author: Densie Webb
Book Shelves quotes by Densie Webb
#42. I've soaked up so much through dancing, but I also have to be still. I want to be silent and read, to shut up and take time to respect the vision someone put into a book. - Author: FKA Twigs
Book Shelves quotes by FKA Twigs
#43. Unfortunately writers take a very small part of the profit on their books, and I think in the e-book world there is a real danger they will take even less, unless they are vigilant and robust about protecting their own interests. - Author: Graham Swift
Book Shelves quotes by Graham Swift
#44. Nitwit ideas are for emergencies. You use them when you've got nothing else to try. If they work, they go in the Book. Otherwise you follow the Book, which is largely a collection of nitwit ideas that worked. - Author: Larry Niven
Book Shelves quotes by Larry Niven
#45. I read a lot of books about psychopaths. I read a wonderful book Amy Hempel gave me about the guy who created criminal profiling - a fascinating book, 'Mind Hunter.' - Author: Mona Simpson
Book Shelves quotes by Mona Simpson
#46. Hestia stared back into the empty sockets of the blackened skull and now saw that long ago they held eyes, the crying eyes of a mother that had lost her child. - Author: S.E. Ellis
Book Shelves quotes by S.E. Ellis
#47. Is it wrong to protect your heart?"- Marc (Marked Book #1) page 130 - Author: A.N. Meade
Book Shelves quotes by A.N. Meade
#48. Superman is going to live forever. They'll be reading Superman in the next century when you and I are gone. I felt, in that respect, I was doing the same thing. I wanted to be known. I wasn't going to sell a comic that was going to die quickly. - Author: Jack Kirby
Book Shelves quotes by Jack Kirby
#49. I'm at the point, frankly, where I'd rather deal with a misogynist with a copy of Tucker Max's book in his backpack over someone in sensitive emo-boy clothing, because both are misogynists, only the one with the backpack is more honest about just how scared of women he is. - Author: Julie Klausner
Book Shelves quotes by Julie Klausner
#50. A short poem from my new book, The Lost Journal of my Second Trip to Pergatory,
Thorny Crowns
Of course the gold one was for special occasions, weddings, etc,
silver for family reunions, office-casual type affairs.
Bronze was a everyday choice; during yard work its burnished surface shone in sunlight.
There were various colors and holiday appropriate ones.
I could never find the hatboxes they were stored in.
But the wooden one was reserved for the long suffering caused by family.
Stevie's funeral, my hospital trips and sister's rebellion rated real wood.
One tip filed extra sharp produced a fine and dramatic line of blood droplets on her brow. - Author: Michelle Hartman
Book Shelves quotes by Michelle Hartman
#51. I am incredibly passionate about my life, I am absolutely unable to hide any emotion. If I wrote a book, I'd have to call it 'P is for Passion'. I don't go in for anything halfway. My feelings about things are instant, on the spot. And my heart is always, always on my sleeve. - Author: Kate Winslet
Book Shelves quotes by Kate Winslet
#52. Do I still think there will be a day when all the wrongs are made right, when our souls find the completion they are looking for? I do. But when all things are made right, it won't be because of some preacher or snake-oil salesman or politician or writer making promises in his book. I think, instead, this will be done by Jesus. And it will be at a wedding. And there will be a feast. - Author: Donald Miller
Book Shelves quotes by Donald Miller
#53. When you're old enough to write a book for children, by then you'll have become a grown up and have lost all your jokeyness. Unless you're an undeveloped adult and still have an enormous amount of childishness in you. - Author: Roald Dahl
Book Shelves quotes by Roald Dahl
#54. Learning how to recognize and act on your Inner Knowing is the greatest tool for discovering what's important now by living in the present. - Author: John Kuypers
Book Shelves quotes by John Kuypers
#55. Sometimes what-if fantasies are useful. Imagine that the entirety of Western civilisation's coding for computer systems or prints of all films ever made or all copies of Shakespeare and the Bible and the Qur'an were encrypted and held on one tablet device. And if that tablet was lost, stolen, burnt or corrupted, then our knowledge, use and understanding of that content, those words and ideas, would be gone for ever – only, perhaps, lingering in the minds of a very few men of memory whose job it had been to keep ideas alive. This little thought-experiment can help us to comprehend the totemic power of manuscripts. This is the great weight of responsibility for the past, the present and the future that the manuscripts of Constantinople carried. Much of our global cultural heritage – philosophies, dramas, epic poems – survive only because they were preserved in the city's libraries and scriptoria. Just as Alexandria and Pergamon too had amassed vast libraries, Constantinople understood that a physical accumulation of knowledge worked as a lode-stone – drawing in respect, talent and sheer awe. These texts contained both the possibilities and the fact of empire and had a quasi-magical status. This was a time when the written word was considered so potent – and so precious – that documents were thought to be objects with spiritual significance. (...)

It was in Constantinople that the book review was invented. Scholars seem to have had access to books within a proto-lendi - Author: Bettany Hughes
Book Shelves quotes by Bettany Hughes
#56. Finished, the book begins. - Author: Carlos Fuentes
Book Shelves quotes by Carlos Fuentes
#57. Back in the fifties, women were told to master the differences between oven cleaners and floor wax and special sprays for wood; today they're told to master the differences between toys that hone problem-solving skills and those that encourage imaginative play. This subtle shift in language suggests that playing with one's child is not really play but a job, just as keeping house once was. Buy Buy Baby is today's equivalent of the 1950s supermarket product aisle, and those shelves of child-rearing guides at the bookstore are today's equivalent of Good Housekeeping, offering women the possibility of earning a doctorate in mothering. - Author: Jennifer Senior
Book Shelves quotes by Jennifer Senior
#58. Basically, I've reached the point where I've lost any direct relationship to any of the editors I used to have. I suspect I'll have to pay to publish this myself, and I think a lot about about putting out fifty copies. I used to think about hogwash like my legacy and silly things like that. But I feel like if I never have another book out, I've done okay, I've had like twelve or thirteen little books, and I won't be upset about this on my death bed. - Author: Richard Meltzer
Book Shelves quotes by Richard Meltzer
#59. I spend the next few days watching Maï die. I can't stand that voice, that protest. Katzenelenbogen shows up and explains in that rational, no-nonsense, doctoral tone that no one has the right to make such a fuss over a cat, while the whole world. . . . . I kick them out, both him and the world.
Maï is no longer a cat. She is a human being in agony. Every living thing that suffers is a human being.
She is cuddled in my arms, a small ball of lackluster fur, which gives her a horrible stuffed air already smacking of taxidermists. Every now and then she raises her head, looks at me inquiringly and miaows a question I understand, but am unable to answer. Our vocal cords are totally inadequate there.
What goings-on about a mere cat, huh? I hate your guts, you antisentimental, antiemotional, hardheaded rationalists. You are the ones who have raised the going rate of sensitivity. You have put all your emphasis on ideas, and ideas without "emotions" and without "sentimentalism," that's the world you have built, your work.
All the pseudo-people who have the Nazi arrogance to be reading this book make my hands ache for a grenade. - Author: Romain Gary
Book Shelves quotes by Romain Gary
#60. To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor's prohibited list. - Author: John Aikin
Book Shelves quotes by John Aikin
#61. I should rather like to tear these last pages out of the book. Shall I? No-a journal ought not to cheat. - Author: Dodie Smith
Book Shelves quotes by Dodie Smith

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