Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
That's what literature is. It's the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them!
That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
A childhood without books - that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
Only bad books have good endings. If a book is any good, it's ending is always bad - because you don't want the book to end.
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.
All literature Quotes ⇑
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
The aim of literature ... is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Me, poor man, my library Was dukedom large enough.
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
The difference between the 'almost right word' and the 'right word' is really a large matter. It's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.
Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.
Stories never really end...even if the books like to pretend they do. Stories always go on. They don't end on the last page, any more than they begin on the first page.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
After all, tomorrow is another day!
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.
She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.
Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism.
Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.
I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.
"Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation." "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you."