Favorite Quotations ~  Books & Reading, 6 Celebrating Friendship

"All books are either dreams or swords. You can cut or you can drug with words." ~ Amy Lowell

helen keller

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness. ~ Helen Keller

You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive. ~ James Baldwin

I have never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. ~ Montesquieu

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Reading--not occasionally, not only on vacation but everyday--gives me nourishment and enlarges my life in mysterious and essential ways. ~ Mona Simpson, O, 5/01

I grew up kissing books and bread. ~ Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands

Good books are the warehouses of ideas. ~ H. G. Wells

We are all writers and readers as well as communicators with the need at times to please and satisfy ourselves with the clear and almost perfect thought. ~ Roger Angell

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~ Kenko Yoshida

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