A Quote to Share

This quote really speaks to me every time I read it. It explains my deep passion for blogging during my college days.

“Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write. Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be ‘redeemed’ by writing about it. By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys. Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes for others too.”

Henri Nouwen

I wish I can rediscover that passion I used to have.

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Stupid Bookish Quotes

Taken from here are some of my ‘favourites’. 😆

(phone call)

I found a book “—” on your web site. It was written by my Uncle. I was wondering why it is so expensive? ($50)

– It was inscribed and signed by him.

Why should I have to pay for his autograph? He’s my Uncle, not yours!

A very nice, well-appointed lady spends about an hour browsing the stock, including the locked cases. After building a rather formidable stack of unrelated books worth over $3,500 (including some very scarce Mark Twain first editions), I couldn’t resist asking:

What do you collect?

– Oh nothing, but I will purchase these.

(My curiosity getting the better of me) A gift?

– No. I am going to use them to decorate my daughter’s bathroom.

(Silly me! I failed to notice that the books were all various shades of green. This is a good thing, since the books will soon be color-coordinated with the mold).

(Two women discussing Toni Morrison’s “Paradise”)

Have you read it yet?

– Well, I’m reading it now, but I only read it five pages at a time.

Why’s that?

– Well, I don’t want to buy it, so I have to keep going back to Barnes & Nobel to read it.

Bookish Quotes I Heartily Agree With

“Writing is the act of discovery. You want to discover your relationship with a topic, not a dictionary definition”
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down The Bones

“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne

“No iron spike can pierce the human heart as icily as a full stop in the right place.”
Isaac Bable, Russian journalist, playwright and short story writer

“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.”
Henry Beecher

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Yet More Bookish Quotes

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Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
~Groucho Marx

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
~Mark Twain

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
~W. Somerset Maugham

Americans like fat books and thin women.
~Russell Baker

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
~John LeCarre

The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.
~ Abraham Lincoln

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

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
~ Emilie Buchwald

Bonkers About Bookmarks

I love bookmarks. I collect them. But I didn’t realise there’s a history behind it dating back to ancient times!

Check the bookmark site out. And here are some interesting quotes about bookmarks:

I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed-reading accident. I hit a bookmark.
Steven Wright

The war was a sort of bookmark which divided the pages of history.
Daughters Of The House | Michèle Roberts | 1992

A bookmark is usable and a piece of art, therefore it is functional art.
Katy Cox and Sue Uhlig | Perdue University Galleries

Used books are my dearest: notes on the margin, old tickets and postcards as bookmarks from persons who on the other end of the world may have gotten a murderer or are dead now, but for a short time the same story was performed in our heads, we read the same story.
Michèle Roten | Das Magazin | 50 – 2007 | Switzerland

Bookmarks come in all shapes and sizes. Many are shaped like knives or swords because at the turn of the century, many pages in books were not completely separated, so they were also used as paper cutters.
Howard Schecter | http://www.silverbookmarks.com

The bookmark accompanying the books for six hundred years now, curiously didn’t receive much attention yet.
E. Günther Rehse | Lesezeichen | 1994

The story of the bookmarker has not yet been fully told, perhaps because this useful but humble accessory to the library has but slight historical interest apart from that of the volume to which it belongs.
Frank Hamel | The History and Development of the Bookmarker | The Book-Lovers’s Magazine, 1906

Sometimes a bookmark can bring a smile, somethimes cause a pause for thought but it nearly always sparks off a memory and apart from a postcard or a photograph there is not many things that have the power to do that.
Simon Quicke | The Love of Bookmarks | Inside Books | insidebooks.blogspot.com

The most unusual thing I ever found returned in a book was a passport – being used as a bookmark …
Carol Simmons | Director | Daly City Library

Nowadays bookmarks are more sophisticated; bookdarts is an example of that.

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It doesn’t just marks the page where you stopped reading but also the exact paragraph or passage where you stopped. Great for keeping tabs or references on certain passages.

Some More Bookish Quotes

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Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?…As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you, like a pressed flower… both strange and familiar.

Inkspell, Cornelia Funke

Almost everywhere, the community of readers has an ambiguous reputation that comes from its acquired authority and perceived power. Something in the relationship between a reader and a book is recognized as wise and fruitful, but it is also seen as disdainfully exclusive and excluding, perhaps because the image of an individual curled up in a corner, seemingly oblivious of the grumblings of the world, suggests impenetrable privacy and a selfish eye and singular secretive action. (”Go out and live!” my mother would say when she saw me reading, as if my silent activity contradicted her sense of what it meant to be alive.) The popular fear of what a reader might do among the pages of a book is like the ageless fear men have of what women might do in the secret places of their body, and of what witches and alchemists might do in the dark behind locked doors.

A History of Reading, Alberto Manguel

It was Proust who said that one does not read a novel, one only rereads it. This is essentially correct. The experiences of reading a novel and rereading it are quite different – one knows what is going to happen – and yet quite the same. It is the same text, after all. Yet first-time readers of a book are, in a sense, at an extreme disadvantage – precisely because they do not know what is going to happen. So the only way to get the measure of a book is to read it again. If you can’t face reading it again, then you might start thinking that you shouldn’t have read it once.

Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Unlimited

I’m in the supermarket one day with my cart, and there’s this woman, about 95,” King recalled at the Regency the other day. “She says, ‘I know who you are. You write those stories, those awful horror stories . . . I don’t like that. I like uplifting movies like that ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ So I said, ‘I wrote that.’ And she said, ‘No, you didn’t.’ And that was it. Talk about surreal. I went to myself, for a minute, ‘It’s not very much like my other stuff. Maybe I didn’t write it!’

Stephen King

Why do we read fiction, anyway? Not to be impressed by somebody’s dazzling language–or at least I hope that’s not our reason. I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not “true” because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about somebody who actually lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about ourself.

—Orson Scott Card

Some Bookish Quotes

Some quotes about reading:

I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.
Charles de Montesquieu

Read in order to live.
Henry Fielding

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
Mark Twain

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.
Arthur Schopenhauer

I thought the last quote doesn’t exactly promote the habit of reading, yet it does provide some food for thought.

Some quotes about language:

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Thomas Hardy

Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don’t sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon.
George Bernard Shaw