Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes

     Since the past two days were spent at the Book Expo in NYC, I thought today's "Wednesday's Words & Quippish Quotes" should be all about the love of books. Because really, that's what all this is about. While waiting on a long line for a book today, I overheard someone say, "to a book lover, these are like currency -- maybe even more important." And I thought just how true that was. I'd pay 3 times what I do to get to attend the BEA - I just love it -- and books -- that much. BTW, Tanya and I are going to do a joint post describing our wonderful experience there (and posting some great author and book pics!) as soon as we come out of our book coma. :)

“Books are gems: Books which leaves your spine aching from sitting up all night reading them. Books whose characters live in the bright corners of your mind. Books which hold the limits of space and time within them. Books which teach you all that man knows and all that man wants. Books are power.”  ― Philip Womack
"Anyone who has a book collection and a garden wants for nothing." - Cicero
"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading." --B.F. Skinner
“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” -- Paul Sweeney

“Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence” -- Jan Morris
 “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  1. I love book-love quotes! <3 A year from now I'll be applying for my first language arts teaching job (hopefully middle school) & I'd love to get this one as a (hide-able) tattoo: "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading." --B.F. Skinner

    1. That quote would be perfect for you! Even though I remember loving to read basically since I'd started, the first books that I truly felt moved by occurred around middle school. How wonderful would it be to be the one to expose those young minds to all those great books? Good luck with it!

  2. I love the last book quote by Anne Lamott. I actually have to read Bird by Bird for school so this quote makes me really excited to start reading it!

    1. That's great! I haven't read that book either, but I came across this quote in my search for some great bookish quotes. You'll have to let us know if the rest of the book is as great. Thanks for stopping by!