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[Quote No.50800] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Enjoying fiction is about letting the author's words guide your subjective experiences to create imagery, encourage free associations and 'live' another life." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.50857] Need Area: Fun > Books
"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." - Jhumpa Lahiri
Bengali-American author who won a Pulitzer Prize for her debut collection of short stories, 'Interpreter of Maladies'.
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[Quote No.50876] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Books enable us to live many lives besides our own." - C. S. Lewis

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[Quote No.50877] Need Area: Fun > Books
"In reading great literature, I become a thousand men and yet remain myself." - C. S. Lewis

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[Quote No.50894] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[When asked 'What is your idea of perfect happiness?' David Bowie replied...] Reading. " - David Bowie
Musician [http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=13eb080d8a315477042e0d5b1&id=a34913f009&e=0bd46bf553 ]
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[Quote No.50943] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Freedom of thought, speech, expression, press and censorship:] A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return." - Salman Rushdie
(1947 - ) writer
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[Quote No.50962] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles W Eliot

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[Quote No.50973] Need Area: Fun > Books
"How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself. " - Gore Vidal

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"What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order. Detective fiction . . . confirms our belief, despite some evidence to the contrary, that we live in a rational, comprehensible and moral universe." - P. D. James
She created the popular literary character of the Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh.
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"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." - Frederick Douglass

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[Quote No.51316] Need Area: Fun > Books
"For to know a man's library is, in some measure, to know his mind!" - Geraldine Brooks

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"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall." - Roald Dahl

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"I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else." - Neil Gaiman
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"Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world. [Exposing yourself to quotes that express the best ideas beautifully is a big part of making the most of the human intellectual culture!]" - Matthew Arnold
(1822–88) Poet and critic, born in England, UK
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[Quote No.51698] Need Area: Fun > Books
"The object we call a book is not the real book, but its potential, like a musical score or seed. It exists fully only in the act of being read; and its real home is inside the head of the reader, where the symphony resounds, the seed germinates. A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another. " - Rebecca Solnit

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[Quote No.51700] Need Area: Fun > Books
"It looks like it's wasting time, but literature is actually the ultimate time-saver – because it gives us access to a range of emotions and events that it would take you years, decades, millennia to try to experience directly. Literature is the greatest reality simulator – a machine that puts you through infinitely more situations than you can ever directly witness." - Alain de Botton
writer and philosopher
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[Quote No.51729] Need Area: Fun > Books
"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. " - Italo Calvino

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[Quote No.51734] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Do not read as children do [just] to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do [just] to educate themselves. No, read [also] to live. " - Gustave Flaubert

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[Quote No.52297] Need Area: Fun > Books
"I don't think the world needs to be told stories of despair; there is enough despair as it is without anyone adding to it. If we have any role at all, I think it's the role of optimism, not blind or stupid optimism, but the kind which is meaningful, one that is rather close to that notion of the world which is not perfect, but which can be improved. In other words, we don't just sit and hope that things will work out; we have a role to play to make that come about. That seems to me to be the reason for the existence of the writer." - Chinua Achebe
Nigerian novelist, poet, and critic, in 'More Writers and Company: New Conversations with CBC Radio's Eleanor Wachtel'.
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"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in!" - Robert Louis Stevenson

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[Quote No.52492] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem:]

'Introduction To Poetry'

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to water-ski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

" - Billy Collins

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"A man [or woman] should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his [or her] life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful ...in the human soul!" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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[Quote No.52582] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem:]

'On the Future of Poetry'

Bards of the Future! you that come
With striding march, and roll of drum,
What will your newest challenge be
To our prose-bound community?

What magic will you find to stir
The limp and languid listener?
Will it be daring and dramatic?
Will it be frankly democratic?

Will Pegasus return again
In guise of modern aeroplane,
Descending from a cloudless blue
To drop on us a bomb or two?

I know not. Far be it from me
To darken dark futurity;
Still less to render more perplexed
The last vagary, or the next.

Leave Pindus Hill to those who list,
Iconoclast or anarchist -
So be it. 'They that break shall pay.'
I stand upon the ancient way.

I hold it for a certain thing,
That, blank or rhyming, song must sing;
And more, that what is good for verse,
Need not, by dint of rhyme, grow worse.

I hold that they who deal in rhyme
Must take the standpoint of the time -
But not to catch the public ear,
As mountebank or pulpiteer;

That the old notes are still the new,
If the musician's touch be true -
Nor can the hand that knows its trade
Achieve the trite and ready-made;

That your first theme is Human Life,
Its hopes and fears, its love and strife -
A theme no custom can efface,
Common, but never commonplace;

For this, beyond all doubt, is plain:
The Truth that pleased will please again,
And move men as in bygone years
When Hector's wife smiled through her tears.

" - Henry Austin Dobson
(1840 - 1921), poet. This poem was first published in 1914.
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[Quote No.52751] Need Area: Fun > Books
"The books of theologians gather dust upon the shelves of my library but the pages of the poets are stained with my fingers and blotted by my tears." - Rev. John Haynes Holmes
(1879 – 1964) prominent Unitarian minister, pacifist, and co-founder of the NAACP and the ACLU.
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[Quote No.52795] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem:]

'Who Hath A Book'

Who hath a book
Has friends at hand,
And gold and gear
At his command;

And rich estates,
If he but look,
Are held by him
Who hath a book.

Who hath a book
Has but to read
And he may be
A king indeed;

His Kingdom is
His inglenook;
All this is his
Who hath a book.

" - Wilbur D. Nesbit
(1871 - 1927), American poet and humorist. [An inglenook or chimney corner, is a small recess that adjoins a fireplace. The word is formed with ingle, meaning 'fireplace' in Old English and nook. Inglenooks originated as a partially enclosed hearth area, appended to a larger room. The hearth was used for cooking and its enclosing alcove became a natural place for people seeking warmth to gather. With changes in building design, kitchens became separate rooms, while inglenooks were retained in the living space as intimate warming places, subsidiary spaces within larger rooms. Refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inglenook ]
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[Quote No.52858] Need Area: Fun > Books
"My early and invincible love of reading, I would not exchange for the treasures of India. " - Edward Gibbon

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[Quote No.52859] Need Area: Fun > Books
"If the crowns of all the kingdoms of the empire were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all." - Francois Fenelon

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[Quote No.52975] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem: about the art of using rhythm and rhyme in poetry]

'Old Rhythm and Rhyme'

They tell me new methods now govern the Muses,
The modes of expression have changed with the times;
That low is the rank of the poet who uses
The old-fashioned verse with intentional rhymes.
And quite out of date, too, is rhythmical metre;
The critics declare it an insult to art.
But oh! the sweet swing of it, oh! the clear ring of it,
Oh! the great pulse of it, right from the heart,
Art or no art.

I sat by the side of that old poet, Ocean,
And counted the billows that broke on the rocks;
The tide lilted in with a rhythmical motion;
The sea-gulls dipped downward in time-keeping flocks.

I watched while a giant wave gathered its forces,
And then on the gray granite precipice burst;
And I knew as I counted, while other waves mounted,
I knew the tenth billow would rhyme with the first.

Below in the village a church bell was chiming,
And back in the woodland a little bird sang;
And, doubt it who will, yet those two sounds were rhyming,
As out o’er the hill-tops they echoed and rang.
The Wind and the Trees fell to talking together;
And nothing they said was didactic or terse;
But everything spoken was told in unbroken
And a beautiful rhyming and rhythmical verse.

So rhythm I hail it, though critics assail it,
And hold melting rhymes as an insult to art,
For oh! the sweet swing of it, oh! the dear ring of it,
Oh! the strong pulse of it, right from the heart,
Art or no art.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.52977] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem: about the joys of reading]

'Better Than Gold'

...

Better than gold is a thinking mind,
That in the realm of books can find
A treasure surpassing Australian ore,
And live with the great and good of yore.
The sage's lore and the poet's lay,
The glories of empires passed away;
The world's great dream will thus unfold
And yield a pleasure better than gold.

...

" - Abram J. Ryan

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[Quote No.53008] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem: about poetry]

'The Gift'

Once, long ago, a friend gave me a book
Of poems -- gems, the fruit of many minds;
I read them, thoughtless of the toil they took --
The words moved softly as a stream that winds.

But now I know the lines I glibly read
Perhaps were born of pain -- a broken heart;
Regret that followed with its stealthy tread --
The arrow of remorse with searching dart.

For wisdom comes with time's stern tutelage;
The years are keys, unlocking many a door;
And sometimes as I read mist blurs the page,
Here soul meets soul, a precious golden store.

" - Margaret E. Bruner

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[Quote No.53019] Need Area: Fun > Books
"To store up a memory bank of poems is to build up your own unique library for life. The verses are your personal armoury..." - Ana Sampson

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[Quote No.53042] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Academic-literary poetry has long since become mostly encrypted and anti-poetic, which is how it's generally taught in the public schools. Teachers these days don't even try to teach meter [rhythm] and rhyme...I can just hear a literature professor sneering at this [type of poetry and poems] ...as 'greeting card verse'. ...let's celebrate poems like these -- poems that are actually talking to real people with real lives, poems that are offered to us as a gift, as a blessing in our lives. " - Orson Scott Card
(1951 - ), American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for science fiction. His novel Ender's Game (1985) and its sequel Speaker for the Dead (1986) both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, both of science fiction's top U.S. prizes. Card is a professor of English at Southern Virginia University, has written two books on the subject of creative writing, hosts writing bootcamps and workshops, and serves as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest. A great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, Card is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In addition to producing a large body of fiction works, he has also offered political, religious, and social commentary in his columns and other writing. [refer http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2011-03-31.shtml ]
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[Quote No.53153] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem: about the joy of private reading]

'Pleasant solitude'

I am sitting alone in my dim quiet room
With my pictures and pipes and my dog,
To enjoy by myself my treasures in books
While the red sparks fly up from the logs.
The soft firelight gleams on the book's open page;
Pipe smoke drifts up in a ribbon uncurled;
The quiet of nightfall pervades my small room
And I read on, at peace with the world.


" - John Holmes
(1904 – 1962), born John Albert Holmes Jr., he was an American poet and critic, who taught at Tufts University (near Boston, in the eastern U.S. state of Massachusetts) as a professor of literature and modern poetry for 28 years.
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[Quote No.53158] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem:]

'Books'

I like a room all filled with books,
tagging the shelves round all the walls,
And scattered o'er a study table broad,
More books, as if they had been used.
Books everywhere, of every kind:
Slim and shabby, big and leather-bound,
Books dull and drab without,
But bright within, with magic words;
Poetry and prose in ringing phrase,
Page after page of men's great thoughts,
Rare volumes picturing romance,
And story books to pass away an hour.
There would be books of every kind about the room;
Not books behind glass doors
In long tight rows; with backs alike,
But books in open shelves,
Placed there by hands that loved them,
And often taken out to read.
Too much care for order is not well
Regarding books. Let them go back
Wherever space permits upon the shelves,
Or if there is not room, the floor,
Or any nearby chair will do.
Books need room, should not be cramped,
But let to lie about, convenient to the hand,
So they may breathe and feel at home.
I know the people in a house
Where books are kept like that
Would be the generous sort of folk
To whom a confidence could be entrusted
And by them would be understood;
People of broad and human minds,
Wise and tolerant. And through all they said
Would be the saving grace of humor,
For books make folks that way;
Reading gives understanding.
A man who knows and loves his books
Treads in a far and unknown world
To those poor dull ones who dislike the printed page.
And it is for beauty and for understanding
And for all the wisdom of the ages
Bound between two magic covers,
That I like a room all filled with books,
With sagging shelves found all the walls,
And scattered o'er a study table broad,
More books, as if they had been used.

" - John Holmes
(1904 – 1962), born John Albert Holmes Jr., he was an American poet and critic, who taught at Tufts University (near Boston, in the eastern U.S. state of Massachusetts) as a professor of literature and modern poetry for 28 years.
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"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance! " - Confucius

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"By associating with wise people [even if only through their writings] you become wise yourself!" - Menander
(342 BC - 291 BC) Greek dramatist and the best-known representative of Athenian New Comedy. He was the author of more than a hundred comedies, and took the prize at the Lenaia festival eight times.
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[Quote No.53441] Need Area: Fun > Books
"[Poem: about poetry and poetics]

'Pretty Words'

Poets make pets of pretty, docile words:
I love smooth words, like gold-enamelled fish
Which circle slowly with a silken swish,
And tender ones, like downy-feathered birds:
Words shy and dappled, deep-eyed deer in herds,
Come to my hand, and playful if I wish,
Or purring softly at a silver dish,
Blue Persian kittens fed on cream and curds.

I love bright words, words up and singing early;
Words that are luminous in the dark, and sing;
Warm lazy words, white cattle under trees;
I love words opalescent, cool, and pearly,
Like midsummer moths, and honeyed words like bees,
Gilded and sticky, with a little sting.

" - Elinor Morton Wylie
(1885 – 1928) American poet and novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
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[Quote No.53511] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Book-love, I say again, lasts throughout life, it never flags or fails, but, like Beauty itself, is a joy forever." - Holbrook Jackson
(1874 – 1948) George Holbrook Jackson was a British journalist, writer and publisher. He was recognised as one of the leading bibliophiles -book-lovers - of his time.
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[Quote No.53608] Need Area: Fun > Books
"This is exactly the message that fairy tales get across to the child in manifold form: that a struggle against severe difficulties in life is unavoidable, is an intrinsic part of human existence - but that if one does not shy away, but steadfastly meets unexpected and often unjust hardships, one masters all obstacles and at the end emerges victorious!!" - Brun o Bettelheim
(1903-1990) Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. Source: in his book ‘The Uses of Enchantment, The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.’
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[Quote No.53728] Need Area: Fun > Books
"The world is a library of strange and wonderful books, and sometimes we just need to go prowling through the stacks. Those journeys, with their serendipitous discoveries and misguided side trips, allow us to probe our characters, indulge our passions and prejudices, and finally choose books for which we possess a real affinity." - Michael Dirda
The 'Washington Post' book critic. Quote from his book, 'Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life', 2005.
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"Books . . . are like lobster shells. We surround ourselves with 'em, and then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidences of our earlier stages of development." - Dorothy L. Sayers

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[Quote No.53810] Need Area: Fun > Books
"My alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity." - Malcolm X

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[Quote No.53811] Need Area: Fun > Books
"I have never read for entertainment [alone], but rather for understanding and to satisfy my eager curiosity." - Bryant H. McGill

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[Quote No.53835] Need Area: Fun > Books
"I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined." - Jose Saramago
Portuguese writer and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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[Quote No.53945] Need Area: Fun > Books
"A novel is a commodity that fulfills a certain need; people need to buy daydreams like they need to buy ice cream or aspirin or gin. They even need to buy a pinch of intellectual catnip now and then to liven up their thoughts, a few drops of poetry to stimulate their feelings. All you need to feel good about your work is to turn out the best commodity you can. ...The only excuse for a novelist, aside from the entertainment and vicarious living his books give the people who read them, is as a sort of second-class historian of the age he lives in." - John Dos Passos

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[Quote No.54039] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." - Barbara W. Tuchman
Pulitzer Prize winning historian.
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[Quote No.54461] Need Area: Fun > Books
"For me, literacy means freedom. For the individual and for society." - LeVar Burton

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[Quote No.54581] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy." - E.B. White

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[Quote No.54582] Need Area: Fun > Books
"Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle." - Franz Kafka

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[Quote No.54599] Need Area: Fun > Books
"It looks like it’s wasting time, but literature is actually the ultimate time-saver – because it gives us access to a range of emotions and events that it would take you years, decades, millennia to try to experience directly. Literature is the greatest reality simulator — a machine that puts you through infinitely more situations than you can ever directly witness." - Alain de Botton
Philosopher
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