Quotations on the Art of Life and Reading
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
— C.S. Lewis
"So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea."
— Roald Dahl, Matilda
"The direness of the situation suddenly struck me. All by myself for half an hour, and I had no book."
— Laurie Cass, Lending a Paw
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
— Kathleen Norris
“Hugo headed off toward the door to leave, but the bookstore was warm and quiet, and the teetering piles fascinated him.”
— Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret
“Hold a book in your hand and you're a pilgrim at the gates of a new city.”
― Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
“When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”
― Nora Ephron, You've Got Mail
"When she was little, she'd actually dreamed about going into a bookstore with all the money in the world and coming out with crates and crates of books. In her imagination, she'd needed a whole parade of horses and elephants just to get all the books home."
— Vera Dodge, Rewriting History
"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."
— Oscar Wilde