A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. - George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (via bookmania)
I do think that a bookshelf is a rather complete image of a person. When I enter someone’s home, I always look at their books first. - Lovis Caputo (via openbookstore)
The difference between good writing and bad writing is ‘did the author do what he set up to do?’ You can’t say ‘this is a novel about my first love and by the end you’re going to be heartbroken’ then none of that comes out of the book. And I’m not talking about a book that was structured that way on purpose, but a writer not doing his work! If a book gets published, an editor looked at it and plucked out specific paragraphs that didn’t fit in the novel…There are cracks in something other people deem perfect… If there’s a level of perfection to strive for, there’s also laziness and garbage material. You know the level of perfection you want to reach, and if that’s true then there must also be bad art. - Dan Wilbur (via thatlitsite)
I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at the people. - Charles Bukowski  (via thatlitsite)
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At the end of the day, you can get more out of a book than a bottle. - Charles Ray Hastings Jr.  (via thatlitsite)
Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien (via thatlitsite)
Let me begin by telling you that I was in love. An ordinary statement, to be sure, but not an ordinary fact, for so few of us learn that love is tenderness, and tenderness is not, as a fair proportian suspect, pity; and still fewer know that happiness in love is not the absolute focusing of all emotion in another: one has always to love a good many things which the beloved must come only to symbolize; the true beloveds of this world are in their lovers’s eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child’s Sunday, lost voices, one’s favourite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory. - Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms
The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (via abookblog)
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. - - Lemony Snicket, Horseraddish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid (via littledallilasbookshelf)
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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
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- Mark Haddon
Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. - Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass (via booksandhotchocolate)
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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book (by scarletd)
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