Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, when preparing for a speech to dedicate the Concord Free Public Library, 1873

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I recognized early on that everyone belongs there. For a moment lower, middle, and upper classes all blend into the same intellectual melting pot. Whether surfing the Internet or perusing the bookshelves, everyone can find something to do at the library.

( Adam Shepard, “Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream” )
bookoisseur:

If books were 6p each, I’d be so much more financially stable.

bookoisseur:

If books were 6p each, I’d be so much more financially stable.

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There is no shortage of wonderful writers. What we lack is a dependable mass of readers.

( Kurt Vonnegut (via theparisreview) )

It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.

( Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book (via thegirlandherbooks) )

At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.

( Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading (via bookmania)

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“It was an astonishing thing for a young kid who grew up in a society like Santo Domingo — where I didn’t have access to libraries — to be told, ‘this belongs to all of us,’” Díaz tells Bill.

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My Christmas books! Can’t wait to get started.

My Christmas books! Can’t wait to get started.