For the love of books…

In the book called “The stuff of a lifetime” by Gene Ruyle I read this:

A book is just ink, paper, and dried glue until someone comes along, picks it up, opens it, and starts to read. Then an amazing thing happens which even today we are not able to explain or fully understand. For as the eye moves along to take in what it sees, what are nothing more than marks on a page are transformed wondrously into words.

I might add: those “marks” are just spats of inkt and the “words” transform easily into a string of mind-images. And this wonderful transformation is why I love books…

For the love of books…

Some quotes of other book lovers

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
– John Green in The Fault in Our Stars

“I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
– Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
– Stephen King in On Writing

“Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other.”
– A.S. Byatt in Possession 

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.”
– Neil Gaiman in American Gods

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
– Carlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
– Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray 

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
– Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
– Neil Gaiman in Coraline

“It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.”
– Donna Tartt in The Secret History 

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
– Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
– Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
– George R.R. Martin in A Dance With Dragons

“I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideas. I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.”
– Nnedi Okorafor in The Book of Phoenix 

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.”
– Margaret Atwood in Moral Disorder and Other Stories

“We live for books.”
Umberto Eco

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
Ernest Hemingway

“That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.”
Anthony Trollope

“I look at books as being a form of activism. Sometimes they’ll show us a side of the world that we might not have known about.”
Angie Thomas

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
Joseph Addison

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
Mary Ellen Chase

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”
Rene Descartes

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Ray Bradbury 

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.”
David Bailey

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