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I’ve tweaked this week’s TTT to be quotes about books and reading instead of quotes from books.
I love quotes! Over the years, I’ve compiled quotes on ‘horses’, ‘Native Americans’, ‘Eastern philosophy’ to name a few, and, of course, ‘books’ and ‘reading’. The hardest part for this TTT was choosing 10!
“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
“A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.” ~ Franz Kafka
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” ~ Garrison Keillor
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” ~ P.J. O’Rourke
“My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.” ~ Thomas Helm
“Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” ~ Jesse Lee Bennett
“Book lovers never go to bed alone.” ~ Author Unknown
“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” ~ Christopher Morley
“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle
“My alma mater was books, a good library … I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” ~ Malcolm X
I’m looking forward to reading your quotes and, hopefully, adding to my quote collection.