This & That

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986, Argentine poet)


You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a mother who read to me. Strickland Gillilan (1869 – 1954, American poet)

Die slowly,… he who does not read. Pablo Neruda (1904 – 1973, Chilean poet)

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. Author Unknown

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

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. Chinese Saying

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. Paul Sweeney (Irish writer)

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. Oprah Winfrey

A book is a gift you can open again and again. Garrison Keillor

Browsing the dim back corner
Of a musty antique shop
Opened an old book of poetry
Angels flew out from the pages
I caught the whiff of a soul
The ink seemed fresh as today
Was that voices whispering?
The tree of the paper still grows. Terri Guillemets (U.S. quotation anthologist.)

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain…John Keats, When I have fears


Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. Anatole France

Borrowers of books – those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. Charles Lamb

He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot. Arabic Proverb

Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.
Evan Esar (1899 – 1995)


One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai, 15 year old girl shot by the Taliban in 2012

A house without books is like a room without windows. Horace Mann

Books are a refuge, a sort of cloistral refuge, from the vulgarities of the actual world. Walter Pater (1839 – 1894, English essayist)

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” Joseph Brodsky (1940 – 1996, Russian poet.)

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 ( 1834 – 1926, American academic, Harvard’s president 1869 -1909).


Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein; gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh. Judah Ibn Tibbon (1120, Granada, Spain – c.1190, Marseille, Jewish physician & translator of Jewish Arabic-language works into Hebrew.)

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. Anna Quindlen

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. Arnold Lobel (1933 – 1987, American author of children’s books)

Knowing I lov’d my books, he furnish’d me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom. William Shakespeare, The Tempest


To be a book collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser. Robertson Davies (1913 – 1995, Canadian novelist)

A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. Nicholas A. Basbanes, American author

The used book store. Drawing by Vernon Howe Bailey,(1874 - 1953, American artist) dedicated to Frank Morris, Chicago book dealer.

The used book store. Drawing by Vernon Howe Bailey,(1874 – 1953, American artist) dedicated to Frank Morris, Chicago book dealer.