„Translation: All books avoid, for they
Are the disgrace of our humanity,
And the assassins of the human race.
Mark well my words : the true
Philosophy consists in growing fat.“
— Giovanni Battista Lorenzi
Fuggite i libri; questi Son la vergogna dell’ umana gente, Son gli assassin! della vita umana. Credete a me : la vera Filosofia è quella d’ingrassare. Socrate Immaginario, Act I., Sc. XIII. — (Tammaro.). Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 303.
„Inspiration comes from many places — experiences, places, people, books, and the work of other artists.“
— Dawud Wharnsby Canadian musician 1972
The Sounds of Taqwa (2006), Context: Inspiration comes from many places — experiences, places, people, books, and the work of other artists. As a writer, it is important to keep one’s senses open to the world around and then trying to capture those impressions to a page. Writing is sort of a game or puzzle to me — playing with words and concepts to present something new to listeners.
— Carl Sagan, kniha Cosmos
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1990 Update), The Persistence of Memory [Episode 11], Context: What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. 42 min 33 sec
„I leaned right over to kiss your stoney book
A little jealous of the ships with whom you flirt
A billion lovers with their cameras
Snap to look and in my fantasy
I sail beneath your skirt“
— Andy Partridge British musician 1953
White Music (1978), "Statue of Liberty".
— Carlos Menem Argentine politician who was President of Argentina from 1989 to 1999 1930
Attributed, "Mi libro de cabecera son las obras completas de Sócrates" Note: The well-known philosopher never published any written works.
„There were other books that were being kept, real books. In those real books is the real accounting of your life.“
— Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001
The Paris Review interview (1994), Context: When people ask me about LSD, I always make a point of telling them you can have the shit scared out of you with LSD because it exposes something, something hollow. Let’s say you have been getting on your knees and bowing and worshiping; suddenly, you take LSD and you look and there’s just a hole, there’s nothing there. The Catholic Church fills this hole with candles and flowers and litanies and opulence. The Protestant Church fills it with hand-wringing and pumped-up squeezing emotions because they can’t afford the flowers and the candles. The Jews fill this hole with weeping and browbeating and beseeching of the sky: How long, how long are you gonna treat us like this? The Muslims fill it with rigidity and guns and a militant ethos. But all of us know that’s not what is supposed to be in that hole. After I had been at Stanford two years, I was into LSD. I began to see that the books I thought were the true accounting books — my grades, how I’d done in other schools, how I’d performed at jobs, whether I had paid off my car or not — were not at all the true books. There were other books that were being kept, real books. In those real books is the real accounting of your life.
„Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.“
— Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
— Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
„I was in Miami, reading at the book fair. My partner on the platform had won the Pulitzer Prize the previous day. At the book signing afterwards, Pulitzer Man had waiting for him a queue of admiring readers that stretched up the spine of Florida, while I had three people — an academic who was writing something on my work, the usual maniac in a raincoat, and a kindly chap who leaned down and said to me in a confidential whisper, “I'm not going to buy your book, but you looked so lonely I felt I had to come and talk to you.”“
— John Banville Irish writer 1945
— Philip Pullman, kniha Lyra's Oxford
Lyra's Oxford (2003), Context: This book contains a story and several other things. The other things might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven't appeared yet. It's not easy to tell.