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Quotes about Books (pt.1)

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“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.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“In books, sometimes the foreshadowing is so obvious that you know what’s going to happen. But knowing what happens isn’t the same as knowing how it happens. Getting there is the best part.”
Emery Lord, The Start of Me and You

“I like to think of books as lovers; you have to introduce yourself slowly to them, read them one page at a time. Notice them, appreciate them. Respect what they’re trying to tell you, let their words caress you, then sink into you, and finally, become a part of you.”
Stacie Hammond, Ana J. Awakens

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Good Books

a poem written by: Edgar Guest

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Good books are friendly things to own.

If you are busy they will wait.

They will not call you on the phone

Or wake you if the hour is late.

They stand together row by row,

Upon the low shelf or the high.

But if you’re lonesome this you know:

You have a friend or two nearby.

 

The fellowship of books is real.

They’re never noisy when you’re still.

They won’t disturb you at your meal.

They’ll comfort you when you are ill.

The lonesome hours they’ll always share.

When slighted they will not complain.

And though for them you’ve ceased to care

Your constant friends they’ll still remain.

 

Good books your faults will never see

Or tell about them round the town.

If you would have their company

You merely have to take them down.

They’ll help you pass the time away,

They’ll counsel give if that you need.

He has true friends for night and day

Who has a few good books to read.

 
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The Land of Story-books

a poem written by: Robert Louis Stevenson, 18501894
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At evening when the lamp is lit,
Around the fire my parents sit;
They sit at home and talk and sing,
And do not play at anything.

Now, with my little gun, I crawl
All in the dark along the wall,
And follow round the forest track
Away behind the sofa back.

There, in the night, where none can spy,
All in my hunter’s camp I lie,
And play at books that I have read
Till it is time to go to bed.

These are the hills, these are the woods,
These are my starry solitudes;
And there the river by whose brink
The roaring lions come to drink.

I see the others far away
As if in firelit camp they lay,
And I, like to an Indian scout,
Around their party prowled about.

So, when my nurse comes in for me,
Home I return across the sea,
And go to bed with backward looks
At my dear land of Story-books.
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SIGNS YOU’RE HOOKED IN A BOOK

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  1. You can’t stop thinking about the book. Whether you’re in school, at home, in the mall or anywhere you just can’t stop thinking about what’s gonna happen next or what’s gonna happen to the characters. You just have to admit that physically you’re with your family and friends but mentally you’re stuck in the book.
  2. You feel lonely when you have to go out of the house. Because going out of the house means you have to stop reading. To others, “house” can be the room, because going out of the room means you have to stop reading because your mom is reminding you of the chores you have to do.
  3. If you see there are only a few pages left, your heart breaks. Once you’re hooked , you never want to stop reading. You don’t even mind reading a part 2 or a part 3. And no matter how the author finishes the book, you still find it hanging.
  4. You bring the book with you anywhere. The book you’re reading is always inside your bag because once you get a free time, you can just grab your book and start reading without second thoughts.
  5. You get overly attached. You cry in sad parts, you smile in happy parts. And when you’re reading in public you can’t stop yourself from smiling or crying, you don’t even care if the people think you’re crazy.
  6. You feel like the characters are real. For you, the characters aren’t fictional anymore. They’re real and they’re living somewhere and you want to meet them.
  7. Getting grounded or stuck in the house makes you happy. Getting grounded isn’t sad anymore or having no plans on the weekend doesn’t matter that much because you have your book beside you.
  8. You sleep beside your book. The last thing you do at night is read while the first thing you do in the morning after you wake up is still read.
  9. You get that “feeling” when your favorite book becomes a movie. That feeling when you don’t know if you should be glad or be slightly disappointed. Glad because you don’t have to rely on your imagination anymore and you see the characters come to life but slightly disappointed as well because pretty sure there will be cool scenes in the book that cannot be a part of the movie or scenes that are totally different from the one you’ve read.
  10. You can’t wait to share the story to your friend. This is because you want to talk about the book, you want someone else to relate. You want to share your feelings.You want them to feel how giddy the happy scenes made you feel and how the sad scenes broke your heart.