Quotes about books

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„I love to travel and read books but it's cooking that has a healing effect on me. Whenever I am not well I cook something nice and the aroma of the food works wonders for me.“

—  Shreya Ghoshal Indian playback singer 1984

Cooking that helps to de-stress me http://www.timesofindia.com/entertainment/hindi/music/news/Balance-music-and-education-Shreya/articleshow/5291639.cms

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„This book was written using 100% recycled words.“

—  Terry Pratchett, book Wyrd Sisters

Source: Wyrd Sisters

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„A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.“

—  Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924

Letter to Oskar Pollak http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001062.php (27 January 1904)
Variant translations:
If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us.
What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Variant: A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Context: I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?... we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

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„The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library... Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986

"Poetry" (1977)

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„Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.“

—  W. H. Auden, book The Dyer's Hand

"Reading", p. 10
The Dyer's Hand, and Other Essays (1962)

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„Antisthenes … said once to a youth from Pontus who was on the point of coming to him to be his pupil, and was asking him what things he wanted, "You want a new book, and a new pen, and a new tablet;" - meaning a new mind.“

—  Antisthenes Greek philosopher -444 - -365 BC

§ 4
From Lives and Opinions of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius
Original: (el) πρός τε τὸ Ποντικὸν μειράκιον μέλλον φοιτᾶν αὐτῷ καὶ πυθόμενον τίνων αὐτῷ δεῖ, φησί, “βιβλιαρίου καινοῦ καὶ γραφείου καινοῦ καὶ πινακιδίου καινοῦ,” τὸν νοῦν παρεμφαίνων.

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