Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.
What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
"There are basically four essential things for writers to do … watch, listen, read, and write."—TBV
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.