— Roald Dahl British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter 1916 - 1990
„You are what you are because it's what you have chosen to be. If you're unhappy, YOU MUST CHANGE FROM THE INSIDE OUT.“
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 22
— Zaman Ali Pakistani philosopher 1993
"Humanity", Ch.II "Ideologies: A way to live", Part IV
— Margaret J. Wheatley American writer 1941
Source: Turning to one another (2002), p. 55
„The whole sense of the book might be summed up the following words: what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.“
— Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951
Original German: Man könnte den ganzen Sinn des Buches etwa in die Worte fassen: Was sich überhaupt sagen lässt, lässt sich klar sagen; und wovon man nicht reden kann, darüber muss man schweigen.
1920s, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)
Variant: Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Source: The Shadow of the Wind
„All of the life-changing awesome
words and pictures and ideas
inside your library are useless
without just one word outside
your library: Open.“
— Mo Willems American children's illustrator and writer 1968
Variant: Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.
— Richard Brautigan American novelist, poet, and short story writer 1935 - 1984
„We must speak up for the children of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan who are suffering from terrorism, poverty, child labour and child trafficking. Let us help them through our voice, action and charity. Let us help them to read books and go to school. And let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.“
— Malala Yousafzai Pakistani children's education activist 1997
Inauguration of Library of Birmingham, Jan 2013
„No one who was not by nature a lover of logic, and an extreme precisian in the use of words and phrases, could have written the two "Alice" books.“
— Stuart Dodgson Collingwood English clergyman, headmaster, author 1870 - 1937
The Lewis Carroll Picture Book (1899) p. 3.
„Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.“
— Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose
Source: Postscript to the Name of the Rose