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A Quote by Annie Dillard on writing, reading, writers, meaningful, mystery, power, and intelligence

Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so that we may feel again their majesty and power? What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered?

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on books, bliss, reading, and bibliobliss

BIBLIOBLISS.  Transported into states of transcendent pleasure while immersed in reading a favorite book.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 267

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on books, reading, and bibliophilia

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Work

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on literature, reading, specialization, balance, life, and intellectualism

Literature, like anything else, can become a wearisome business if you make a lifetime specialty of it. A healthy, wholesome man would no more spend his entire life reading great books than he would packing cookies for Nabisco.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 55

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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on love, life, hope, health, drama, books, and reading

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Little Women, Pages: 43

Contributed by: Tori

A Quote by Seth Godin on business, books, and reading

So, how to read a business book:

1. Decide, before you start, that you’re going to change three things about what you do all day at work. Then, as you’re reading, find the three things and do it. The goal of the reading, then, isn’t to persuade you to change, it’s to help you choose what to change.

2. If you’re going to invest a valuable asset (like time), go ahead and make it productive. Use a postit or two, or some index cards or a highlighter. Not to write down stuff so you can forget it later, but to create marching orders. It’s simple: if three weeks go by and you haven’t taken action on what you’ve written down, you wasted your time.

3. It’s not about you, it’s about the next person. The single best use of a business book is to help someone else. Sharing what you read, handing the book to a person who needs it... pushing those around you to get in sync and to take action--that’s the main reason it’s a book, not a video or a seminar. A book is a souvenir and a container and a motivator and an easily leveraged tool. Hoarding books makes them worth less, not more.

Seth Godin

Source: How to read a business book: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/05/how-to-read-a-b.html

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb on books and reading

Read books are far less valuable than unread ones.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Source: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

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A Quote by Elie Wiesel on reading, explore, mind, and study

You take a text, you explore it, you enter it with all your heart and all your mind.

Elie Wiesel (1928 -)

Source: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/wie0int-1

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A Quote by Edmond Jabes on writing, books, kaballah, reading, and creation

WIDE, the margin between carte blanche and the white page. Nevertheless it is not in the margin that you can find me, but in the yet whiter one that separates the word-strewn sheet from the transparent, the written page from the one to be written in the infinite space where the eye turns back to the eye, and the hand to the pen, where all we write is erased, even as you write it. For the book imperceptibly takes shape within the book we will never finish.

There is my desert.

Edmond Jabes

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A Quote by Edmond Jabes on creation, writing, reading, books, and kaballah

WIDE, the margin between carte blanche and the white page. Nevertheless it is not in the margin that you can find me, but in the yet whiter one that separates the word-strewn sheet from the transparent, the written page from the one to be written in the infinite space where the eye turns back to the eye, and the hand to the pen, where all we write is erased, even as you write it. For the book imperceptibly takes shape within the book we will never finish.

There is my desert.

Edmond Jabes

Contributed by: gary

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