Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read.
George Bernard Shaw;  [As quoted in Literary Censorship in England (in Current Opinion, Vol. 55, No. 5, November 1913)]
It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them …
Eudora Welty; One Writer’s Beginnings (William E.Massey Senior Lectures in the History of American Civilization)
We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.
John Lubbock; The Pleasures of Life

22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer

quirkbooks:

Via weheartit.com

Yup.
Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven (via venuscomb)
A place to write.

A place to write.

I’m a word freak. I like words. I’ve always compared writing to music. That’s the way I feel about good paragraphs. When it really works, it’s like music.
Hunter S. Thompson (via wordsnquotes)

bookriot:

This statue of Edgar Allan Poe > all other statues.

Ok. This is just awesome.

If Famous Authors Read One-Star Reviews of Their Books - BOOK RIOT

pippinish:

Day 16: Favorite book fandom
Basically all of Middle Earth!

See that gold box set over to the left holding the other books up? That actual box set was the first American box set ever made. If you can find a first printing of that box set …

pippinish:

Day 16: Favorite book fandom

Basically all of Middle Earth!

See that gold box set over to the left holding the other books up? That actual box set was the first American box set ever made. If you can find a first printing of that box set …

I turned the pages so fast. And I suppose I was, in my mindless way, looking for a something, version of myself, a heroine I could slip inside as one might a pair of favourite shoes.
Ian McEwan (Sweet Tooth)