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A Quote by John on book, relaxation, and knowledge

"Oh for a book and a shady nook."

John Wilson (1741 - 1793)

Source: Bookmark

Contributed by: Wanjira

A Quote by Franz Kafka on book, read, reading, and incite

"I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.  If the book does not shake us awake like a blow to the skull, why bother reading it in the first place?"

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

Source: The Blue Octavo Notebooks

Contributed by: Eleigh

A Quote by Walter Russell on civilization, advance, book, knowledge, wisdom, mind, consciousness, space, recollection, and record

"Do you think that civilization advances because of things written in books? Not a bit of what is written in books ever got there until after the thought of it happened in someone's mind. Someone first had to collect it from space, or recollect it from its electrical pattern to which he (or she) had been attuned. The book is but a record of what has already happened."

Walter Russell

Source: The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe

Contributed by: esaruoho

A Quote by Christopher Morley on book and whole new life

When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of  
paper and glue, you sell him a whole new life.  

Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Source: --Christopher Morley

Contributed by: thirdlight

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, psychology, beauty, and reader

A book is a human fact; a great book like Seraphita gathers together numerous psychological elements. These elements become coherent through a sort of psychological beauty. It does the reader a service.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 88

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, everyday, and life

A book is always an emergence above everyday life. A book is expressed life and thus is an addition to life.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 91

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, virtual, and real

The best proof of the specificity of the book is that it is at once a reality of the virtual and a virtuality of the real.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 24

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on poetry, reading, idea, image, discover, book, and memory

Whoever lives for poetry must read everything. How often has the light of a new idea sprung for me from a simple brochure! When one allows himself to be animated by new images, he discovers iridescence in the images of old books. Poetic ages unite in a living memory. The new age awakens the old. The old age comes to live again in the new. Poetry is never as unified as when it diversifies.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 25

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on writing, language, reality, book, object, vision, and read

Written language must be considered as a particular psychic reality. The book is permanent; it is an object in your field of vision. It speaks to you with a monotonous authority which even its author would not have. You are fairly obliged to read what is written.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 24

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Dan Simmons on book, poem, and completion

No book or poem is ever finished, merely abandoned.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 203

Contributed by: Chris

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