Bookish Quotes

Tsundoku” (n.) is the condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. “Tsundoku” originated as Japanese slang (積ん読) “tsun-doku”. 「積ん読」 came from 「積んでおく」 “tsunde-oku” (to pile things up ready for later and leave) and 「読書」 “dokusho” (reading books). 「積んどく」 “tsundoku” is a euphonic change of 「積んでおく」. It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf. As currently written, the word combines the characters for “pile up” (積) and the character for “read” (読).

– Wikipedia: Tsundoku


Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity … we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance. – A. Edward Newton


For him that steals, or borrows and returns not, a book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blased. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw at his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not. And when at last he goes to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever.

– Inscribed in the library of the monastery of San Pedro, in Barcelona.

(I totally stole this from Emily’s blog, Rose Read. Specifically from this post.)


Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. – Vera Nazarian


I cannot live without books.

– Thomas Jefferson


A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman


Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.

– Neil Gaiman


A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. – Madeleine L’Engle


There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. – Maya Angelou


When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

– Maya Angelou


Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul. – Joyce Carol Oates


Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

– Henry David Thoreau


Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. – Nora Ephron


 

The more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

the more places you’ll go.

– Dr. Seuss


Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King