Quotastic! (Famous folks talk about Books)
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Do you have favorite quotations about books?  I have several.  Here are some good ones, some things to ponder, and my ponderings on each one.


'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.  ~Mark Twain
I relate to this one, because of all the books I was assigned in high school and college (especially college) that were "classics" that bored me to death.  I decided after I got my Bachelors in English that I had no wish to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. in literature, because I was so tired of professors dictating to me what I need to read.  I never did by the Nortons.  I never will.  I got my degree in Education instead, and enjoy 10+ years of teaching English at a community college, where I helped other people write and appreciate books - classics or not.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.  ~Oscar Wilde
When people try to censor books, I get peeved.  I also get amused.  So many people have NO IDEA the kinds of stuff that kids could get their hands on at their local or school library - if those kids actually had the wherewithal to crack open a book.  I remember always feeling slightly naughty at some of the things I read while I was growing up - naughtier, and smarter than my non-reader friends.
Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.  ~Ronald Reagan
Writing books is hard work.  It's annoying when celebrities who obviously don't know the first thing about writing a book get "their" book published.  When I see one of these pieces of garbage, I wonder how many ghostwriters it took to make it happen.
You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. ~C.S. Lewis
I like big books, and I cannot lie.  I also like to mainstream caffeine when I can - coffee OR tea, doesn't matter.  Books and tea/coffee always pair well, that's why you find coffee/tea shops within or near bookshops.
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx
This is so my mom.  She can't stand the crap my dad watches most of the time on satellite; so she retreats to her room to read.  When I was growing up, we got all of one television channel, so you can imagine I became a big-time reader!
'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'  ~Lewis Carroll
When I completed the first draft of my first novel, my daughter looked at the (freakishly large) manuscript that I had printed out, and said, "Who is gonna want to read that?  It has no pictures!"
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry. ~Emily Dickenson
If you cannot literally travel the world, reading is the next best thing.  Everyone wonders why I do so well on trivia games and know all the answers to game shows and others tests of prior-knowledge.  Well, um....it's because I read.  A lot.
If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.  ~Anne Frank
Ever get all wrapped up in what you've read that you can't get it out of your head and it's all you can talk about?  This happens to me.  I'm excited because my older daughter and I talk about books all the time.  My younger daughter doesn't get it and gets frustrated with us, and finds us "rather queer."
Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try. ~Fran Lebowitz
I think there might just be a glut on the memoir market.
The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes. ~Agatha Christie
I despise housework - as anybody who visits my house will know.  It actually dampens my creativity when I try to do it; so I cannot relate to Ms. Christie's comment here.  But it made me giggle.  I do, however, find that ideas come to me when I lie down to go to sleep.  This is sometimes annoying, though, and I've taken to keeping pen and paper by the bed in case I think I won't remember the idea later . . . provided I don't fall asleep in mid thought.
The characters in the book grow up with us. My voice has broken as well.  ~Rupert Grint
Just another thing to admire about J.K. Rowling: kids can grow with the characters, practically in real time as they read or are read to.
I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that's most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there.  ~Beverly Cleary
Absolutely.  That is exactly what I do, at least at the beginning.  I have a file on my computer dedicated to vividly-detailed scenes in books I haven't written yet.  I mean, I wrote the scenes, but not the rest of the books they go in.
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