Bookish Homeless People

I spent a lot of time at the New York Public Library, the main branch. I was one of those people. If you ever spend a good amount of time there, you realize there are people who spend the entire day there. They’re bookish homeless people.

-Lisa Yuskavage

R.I.P Toni Morrison

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~ Toni Morrison, 88 y/o – Author, Nobel Laureate

I’ll read my books ….

I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.                                                                                                                            ~ J. D. Salinger

E. B. White – Library Quote

“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
– E. B. White

William Faulkner Quote

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
– William Faulkner

Summer Sky

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee
~Emily Dickinson, C.1879

First Amendment

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. -Thurgood Marshall

Stanley v. Georgia (1969)

People Are Best…

People are best on records and books because you can turn them off or put them back on the shelf. ~Henry Rollins

Books

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.

-Mark Twain

Libraries

“There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”

-Andrew Carnegie

Life

Life is like a library owned by
the author. In it are a few
books which he wrote
himself, but most of them
were written for him.

Harry Fosdick

Books

Even as the Internet has revived hope of a universal library and Google seems to promise an answer to every query, books have remained a dark region in the universe of information. We want books to be as accessible and searchable as the Web. On the other hand, we still want them to be books.

Gary Wolf
American Journalist