Literary Quotes

BOOKS! Image care of Wikimedia Commons, from the New York Public Library.

Today, at least in the U.S., the literary world finds itself in a curious crossroads. With the advent of the “e-book”, you hear a lot of people (mostly writers) bemoaning that it shall surely mean the death of our precious hard copies of books one day. While, frankly, I think that’s more than a slight over-exaggeration, regardless of the end result, one thing remains true: books, literature, will live on. Whatever form they take, man will always have a thirst for reading.

Today’s quotes address books specifically, and their place in this curious little society of our, ever-changing as it may be…

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” 
~Edward P. Morgan

“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 W. Eliot

“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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3 thoughts on “Literary Quotes

  1. These are wonderful, wonderful quotes. I sort of wonder with the ebook phenom. I wonder if there will come a generation that does not know the heft of a volume, the smell of the ink, the turn of a page. There is something so satisfying to opening a book, especially a new book just arrived in the mail. There is nothing better than that. Time and light enough to read, to explore and to pit oneself against the thoughts that pour from the page…

    Priceless.

    Lady Nyo

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