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The joy of books

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"Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. "  - James Russell Lowell

"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.' "  - Helen Exley

"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves."  - E.M. Forster

"A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it. "   - Wiliam Styron

"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."  - G.K. Chesterton

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was."  - Ernest Hemingway

"There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away.  No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?"  - Marina Tsvetaeva

" 'Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are' is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread."  - François Mauriac  (So true!!!)


If you love books, then chances are that, like me, you also love words and sentences and the rhythms they make in your mind and on the page. If so, I recommend Theodora Goss's latest blog post, which you'll find here.