I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.
Our world will not die as the result of the bomb, as the papers say, it will die of laughter, of banality, or making a joke of everything, and a lousy joke at that.
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.
There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
George C. Lichtenberg.
Writing is a lonely job. Even if a writer socializes regularly, when he gets down to the real business of his life, it is he and his type writer or word processor. No one else is or can be involved in the matter.
When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.