Friday, June 18, 2004

You do not leave your books behind you when you leave someplace, unless you are being chased by Nazis, the INS, or large fire-breathing dragons. It's wrong. And you do not force anyone else to do it unless the same circumstances apply. It's abuse. You do not destroy, deface, or censor books. It's sick.

The moon shone in the rocking horse's eye, and in the mouse's eye, too, when Tolly fetched it out from under his pillow to see. The clock went tick-tock, and in the stillness he thought he heard little bare feet running across the floor, then laughter and whispering, and a sound like the pages of a big book being turned over.
- L.M. Boston, The Children of Green Knowe

"What do these children do without storybooks?" Naftali asked.
And Reb Zebulun replied: "They have to make do. Storybooks aren't bread. You can live without them."
"I couldn't live without them," Naftali said.

- Isaac Bashevis Singer, Naftali the Storyteller and His Horse, Sus

She usually read to make them sleepy, to drive away their fear of the dreams that were waiting for them in the dark.
- Cornelia Funke, The Thief Lord

Meggie had one of her favorite books under her pillow, and since the rain wouldn't let her sleep she sat up, rubbed the drowsiness from her eyes, and took it out. Its pages rustled promisingly when she opened it. Meggie thought this first whisper sounded a little different from one book to another, depending on whether or not she already knew the story it was going to tell her.
- Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

Some books should be tasted
some devoured,
but only a few
should be chewed and digested thoroughly.

- Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

...there was another reason why Meggie took her books whenever they went away. They were her home when she was somewhere strange. They were familiar voices, friends that never quarreled with her, clever, powerful friends--daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had traveled far and wide. Her books cheered her up when she was sad and kept her from being bored...
- Cornelia Funke, Inkheart

A room without books is as a body without a soul.
- Cicero

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