10 authors on books and libraries

The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book. – Samuel Johnson

If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I’ll be all right as long as there’s a lending library. – Stephen King

A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them. – Mark Twain

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries. ― Kurt Vonnegut

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. – Ray Bradbury

Real poverty is lack of books. – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work. – Ernest Hemingway

Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence. – Jan Morris

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

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. ― Maya Angelou

A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded. ― Lemony Snicket


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