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A. Edward Newton
There are few finer or more innocent pleasures than talking books to one who knows. There may be joy in heaven- I am told there is- but the evidence is not conclusive, and I'll take mine here in my library.
A. Edward Newton
My depth of purse is not so greatNor yet my bibliophilic greed,That merely buying doth elate:The books I buy I like to read:Still e'en when dawdling in a mead,Beneath a cloudless summer sky,By bank of Thames, or Tyne, or Tweed,The books I read
A. Edward Newton
Any book is my kind of book that I can read with delight.
A. Edward Newton
Who was it who said, I hold the buying of more books than one can peradventure read, as nothing less than the soul's reaching towards infinity; which is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish? Whoever it was, I agree with him.
A. Edward Newton
My depth of purse is not so greatNor yet my bibliophilic greed,That merely buying doth elate:The books I buy I like to read:Still e'en when dawdling in a mead,Beneath a cloudless summer sky,By bank of Thames, or Tyne, or Tweed,The books I read
A. Edward Newton
In an established love of reading there is a policy of insurance guaranteeing certain happiness till death.
A. Edward Newton
The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity...
A.C. Grayling
It takes a certain ingenuous faith - but I have it - to believe that people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth.
A.E. Newton
Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity... We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.
A.F. Stewart
Sulphurous wind gusted in his wake; the dust of the street swirled and the folds of his black coat flapped against his thin body.
A.K. Kuykendall
My fingers burn behind the keys of my typewriter, the lettering fading with every thoughtful strike. The many words I write I dare not stall; my mind perpetually alert for my magnum opus call.
A.M. Homes
Books tell you more about their owners than the owners do.
A.N.L. Munby
Book collecting is a full-time occupation, and one wouldn't get far if one took time off for frivolities like reading.
A.S. Byatt
Now and then there are readings that make the hairs on the neck, the non-existent pelt, stand on end and tremble, when every word burns and shines hard and clear and infinite and exact, like stones of fire, like points of stars in the dark
A.S. Byatt
Now and then there are readings that make the hairs on the neck, the non-existent pelt, stand on end and tremble, when every word burns and shines hard and clear and infinite and exact, like stones of fire, like points of stars in the dark
A.S.W. Rosenbach
I have known men to hazard their fortunes, go long journeys halfway about the world, forget friendships, even lie, cheat, and steal, all for the gain of a book.
A.W. Tozer
The best book is not one that informs merely, but one that stirs the reader up to inform himself.
Aakash Singal
Reading is one of the most common habit among the most successful people.
Aaron Swartz
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
Abelardo Morell
At times, I have been convinced that books hold all the material of life--at least all the stuff that fits between an A and a Z.
Aberjhani
The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large.
Aberjhani
In your hands winteris a book with cloud pagesthat snow pearls of love.
Aberjhani
In an age when nations and individuals routinely exchange murder for murder, when the healing grace of authentic spirituality is usurped by the divisive politics of religious organizations, and when broken hearts bleed pain in darkness without the relief of compassion, the voice of an exceptional poet producing exceptional work is not something the world can afford to dismiss.
Aberjhani
When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry, he or she enters a world where dreams transform the past into knowledge made applicable to the present, and where visions shape the present into extraordinary possibilities for the future.
Abhijit Naskar
A library is more precious than a bank.
Abid Hussain Library Officer
More peoples getting satisfaction in wealth but real wealth is knowledge, knowledge is organized in books and books are available in the libraries.
Abraham Lincoln
A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.
Abraham Lincoln
Get books, sit yourself down anywhere, and go to reading them yourself.
Abraham Lincoln
All I have learned, I learned from books.
Abraham Lincoln
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.
Abraham Lincoln
My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.
Adam Gopnik
Of all the unexpected things in contemporary literature, this is among the oddest: that kids have an inordinate appetite for very long, very tricky, very strange books about places that don't exist.
Adele Rose
Quiet, she hissed at me, her voice shockingly aggressive for such a small person. Otherwise, I'll shut you up myself.
Adele Rose
Of course they were eaten, he retorted, his eyes flashing in cold humour. Trolls generally aren't exactly renowned for being vegetarians.
Adele Rose
Clearly, this was another thing I needed to add to the: 'repetitive cycle of things that were constantly happening in my life' list, which currently contained fainting and my ability to find trouble.
Adele Rose
I was just thinking that it would be nice if, for once in a while, life made things easier, I told him, feeling annoyed. Why does life have to throw impossible tasks at us all the time for crying out loud? At hearing my debate, Luna huffed.Because life's a bitch, she growled under her breath, sulking. That's why.
Adele Rose
It's tough, but if you want to survive, sometimes you have to do the seemingly impossible.
Adele Rose
I was going to become a human sand burger.
Adele Rose
It was as if she was a wannabe Persian cat who had just tasted sour milk.
Adele Rose
Well…it's whether you want to face certain death by taking a risk on the other route or almost certain death by scaling the walls? she replied. Therefore, for me, considering our options, it's a no brainer.
Adele Rose
Man I'm hot, I exclaimed, fanning myself. The combination of climbing out of the cave and the sun meant that I was perspiring like crazy. Why thank you, retorted Blaine, smirking. I'm pleased that my presence causes that kind of reaction.
Adelise M. Cullens
Reality doesn't always give us the life that we desire, but we can always find what we desire between the pages of books.
Adolf Hitler
Reading is not an end to itself, but a means to an end.
Adriana Trigiani
My mother was an avid reader...She loved books about romance. Books that took place in faraway places and times. Stories with costumes...
Adriana Trigiani
People have often told me that one of their strongest childhood memories is the scent of their grandmother's house. I never knew my grandmothers, but I could always count of the Bookmobile.
Adriana Trigiani
I even love the smell of books.
Adriana Trigiani
Whatever it is that you're feeling, whatever it is you have a question about, whatever it is that you long to know, there is some book, somewhere, with the key. You just have to search for it.
Agatha Christie
One little Indian left all alone, he went out and hanged himself and then there were none.
Agatha Christie
It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.
Aidan Chambers
Few pleasures, for the true reader, rival the pleasure of browsing unhurriedly among books: old books, new books, library books, other people's books, one's own books - it does not matter whose or where. Simply to be among books, glancing at one here, reading a page from one over there, enjoying them all as objects to be touched, looked at, even smelt, is a deep satisfaction. And often, very often, while browsing haphazardly, looking for nothing in particular, you pick up a volume that suddenly excites you, and you know that this one of all the others you must read. Those are great moments - and the books we come across like that are often the most memorable.
Aidan Chambers
I cannot live without reading.
Aileen Erin
I dusted my books off, placing each one
Al Pacino
You'll never be alone if you've got a book.
Al Silverman
It began to falter not when the book publishers who loved books gave way to those who preferred profits to reading. It happened when publishers and editors cut back on their drinking. If there is one national flower in book publishing, it is the martini.
Alain de Botton
One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me?
Alain de Botton
Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
Alain de Botton
Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books written because authors couldn't find anyone to talk to.
Alan Bennett
The best moments in reading are when you come across something
Alan Bennett
Books are not about passing the time. They're about other lives. Other worlds.
Alan Bennett
What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
Alan Bennett
Archbishop. Why do I never read the lesson? I beg your pardon, ma'am? In church. Everybody else gets to read and one never does. It's not laid down, is it? It's not off-limits? Not that I'm aware, ma'am.Good. Well in that case I'm going to start. Leviticus, here I come. Goodnight. The archbishop shook his head and went back to Strictly Come Dancing.
Alan Bennett
The best moments in reading are when you come across something
Alan Bennett
You don't put your life into your books, you find it there.
Alan Bennett
[B]riefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.
Alan Bennett
Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.
Alan Bennett
A book is a device to ignite the imagination.
Alan Bennett
...to her all books were the same and, as with her subjects, she felt a duty to approach them without prejudice...Lauren Bacall, Winifred Holtby, Sylvia Plath - who were they? Only be reading could she find out.
Alan Bennett
The best moments in reading are when you come across something
Alan Bennett
The days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
Alan Bradley
Books are like oxygen to a deep-sea diver, she had once said. Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles.
Alan Bradley
You can learn from a glance at anyone's library, not what they are, but what they wish to be.
Alan Bradley
Books make the soul float.
Alan Hollinghurst
she kept sliding down, in small half-willing surrenders, till she was a heap, with the book held tiringly above her face.
Alan Jacobs
Great books are great in part because of what they ask of their readers: they are not readily encountered, easily assessed.
Alan Jacobs
The book that simply demands to be read, for no good reason, is asking us to change our lives by putting aside what we usually think of as good reasons. It's asking us to stop calculating. It's asking us to do something for the plain old delight and interest of it, not because we can justify its place on the mental spreadsheet or accounting ledger (like the one Benjamin Franklin kept) by which we tote up the value of our actions.
Alan Moore
Books require titles; reading them doesn't
Alan Snow
We are very fond of books. You can learn nearly everything from them that rabbits can't teach you.
Alberto Manguel
Life happened because I turned the pages.
Alberto Manguel
Every reader has found charms by which to secure possession of a page that, by magic, becomes as if never read before, fresh and immaculate.
Alberto Manguel
Systematisches Lesen ist kaum von Nutzen. Offizielle Bücherlisten (der Klassiker, der Literaturgeschichte, der zensurierten oder empfohlenen Bücher, der Bibliothekskataloge) können per Zufall den einen oder anderen nützlichen Hinweis geben. Die beste Anleitung bieten persönliche Launen
Alberto Manguel
A library is an ever-growing entity; it multiples seemingly unaided, it reproduces itself by purchase, theft, borrowings, gifts, by suggesting gaps through association, by demanding completion of sorts.
Alberto Manguel
Digestion of words as well; I often read aloud to myself in my writing corner in the library, where no one can hear me, for the sake of better savouring the text, so as to make it all the more mine.
Alberto Manguel
My books hold between their covers every story I've ever known and still remember, or have now forgotten, or may one day read; they fill the space around me with ancient and new voices.
Alberto Manguel
No one stepping for the first time into a room made of books can know instinctively how to behave, what is expected, what is promised, what is allowed. One may be overcome by horror--at the cluster or the vastness, the stillness, the mocking reminder of everything one doesn't know, the surveillance--and some of that overwhelming feeling may cling on, even after the rituals and conventions are learned, the geography mapped, and the natives found friendly.
Alberto Manguel
I don't remember ever feeling lonely; in fact, on the rare occasions when I met other children I found their games and their talk far less interesting than the adventures and dialogues I read in my books.
Alberto Manguel
I wanted to live among books.
Alberto Manguel
In a library, no empty shelf remains empty for long.
Alberto Manguel
But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence.
Alberto Manguel
One book calls to another unexpectedly, creating alliances across different cultures and centuries.
Alberto Manguel
We read to under­stand our intu­ition of the world, to dis­cover that some­one a thou­sand miles and years away has put into words our most inti­mate desires and our most secret fears. Reading is a col­lab­o­ra­tive act.
Alberto Manguel
If every library is in some sense a reflection of its readers, it is also an image of that which we are not, and cannot be.
Alberto Manguel
At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book
Alberto Manguel
We read in slow, long motions, as if drifting in space, weightless. We read full of prejudice, malignantly. We read generously, making excuses for the text, filling gaps, mending faults. And sometimes, when the stars are kind, we read with an intake of breath, with a shudder... as if a memory had suddenly been rescued from a place deep within us--the recognition of something we never knew was there...
Alberto Manguel
Readers are bullied in schoolyards and in locker-rooms as much as in government offices and prisons.
Alberto Manguel
Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.
Alberto Manguel
In the dark, with the windows lit and the rows of books glittering, the library is a closed space, a universe of self-serving rules that pretend to replace or translate those of the shapeless universe beyond.
Alberto Manguel
Every reader exists to ensure for a certain book a modest immortality. Reading is, in this sense, a ritual of rebirth.
Alberto Manguel
Readers, censors know, are defined by the books they read.
Alberto Manguel
As readers, we have gone from learning a precious craft whose secret was held by a jealous few, to taking for granted a skin that has become subordinate to principles of mindless financial profit or mechanical efficiency, a skill for which governments care almost nothing.
Alberto Manguel
At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book
Alberto Manguel
There is a line of poetry, a sentence in a fable, a word in an essay, by which my existence is justified; find that line, and immortality is assured.
Alberto Manguel
Ultimately, the number of books always exceeds the space they are granted.
Alberto Manguel
And sometimes, when the stars are kind, we read with an intake of breath, with a shudder, as if someone or something had 'walked over our grave,' as if a memory had suddenly been rescued from a place deep within us - the recognition of something we never knew was there, or of something we vaguely felt as a flicker or a shadow, whose ghostly form rises and passes back into us before we can see what it is, leaving us older and wiser.
Alberto Manguel
In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian.
Alberto Manguel
Systematisches Lesen ist kaum von Nutzen. Offizielle Bücherlisten (der Klassiker, der Literaturgeschichte, der zensurierten oder empfohlenen Bücher, der Bibliothekskataloge) können per Zufall den einen oder anderen nützlichen Hinweis geben. Die beste Anleitung bieten persönliche Launen
Alberto Manguel
Our society accepts the book as a given, but the act of reading -- once considered useful and important, as well as potentially dangerous and subversive -- is now condescendingly accepted as a pastime, a slow pastime that lacks efficiency and does not contribute to the common good.
Alberto Manguel
I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my books have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.
Alberto Manguel
We can imagine the books we'd like to read, even if they have not yet been written, and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess, even if they are well beyond our reach, because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of our interests and every one of our foibles--a library that, in its variety and complexity, fully reflects the reader we are.
Alberto Manguel
Unpacking books is a revelatory activity.
Alberto Manguel
Books have long been instruments of the divinatory arts.
Alberto Manguel
From fire, water, the passage of time, neglectful readers, and the hand of the censor, each of my books has escaped to tell me its story.
Alberto Manguel
Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination.
Alberto Manguel
Old books that we have known but not possessed cross our path and invite themselves over. New books try to seduce us daily with tempting titles and tantalizing covers.
Alberto Manguel
In any of my pages in any of my books may life a perfect account of my secret experience of the world.
Alberto Manguel
I like to imagine that, on the day after my last, my library and I will crumble together, so that even when I am no more I'll still be with my books.
Alberto Manguel
It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.
Alessandro Baricco
It's a strange grief… to die of nostalgia for something you you will never live.
Alex de Campi
There's nothing on Earth like really nailing the last line of a big book. You have 200 pages to tickle their fancy, and seven words to break their heart.
Alexander Smith
Books are a finer world within the world. (1863)
Alexander Chee
Every now and then, you find a book that feels like it was keyed to your DNA.
Alexander Ireland
A book a week I heave a sigh;That Slogan's peremptory cryI will not hear, I will not heed.How can They say that I should needThe book They bid me weekly buy?But Slogans change, as days go by;My Psyche listens, fluttering shy,To newer message Come and ReadA book a week.To read! to read! O wings that flyO'er sun-kissed lands, through clouded skyThat bear us on where Great ones lead!I too must follow, so I pleadFor magic wings. I'll read (or try)A book a week!
Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel is looking at several collections of research journals. 'She would understand the issues if she chose to open one of the volumes, but she knew that there were conversations within which she would never have the time to participate in. And that, of course, was the problem with any large collection of books, whether in a library or a bookshop: one might feel intimidated by the fact that there was simply too many to read and not know where to start.
Alexander McCall Smith
Surely it is better, thought Domenica, that forty-five should buy the book and actually read it, than should many thousands, indeed millions, buy it and put it on their shelves, like...Professor Hawking's Brief History of Time. That was a book that had been bought by millions, but had been demonstrated to have been read by only a minute proportion of those who had acquired it. For do we not all have a copy of that on our shelves, and who amongst us can claim to have read beyond the first page, in spite of the pellucid prose of its author and his evident desire to share with us his knowledge of...of whatever it is that the book is about?
Alexander Pope
Oh let me live my own! and die so too! (To live and die is all I have to do:) Maintain a poet's dignity and ease, And see what friends, and read what books I please.
Alexander Pope
Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll,In pleasing memory of all he stole.
Alexander Pushkin
And once more given to inaction,Empty in spirit and alone,He settled down
Alexander Theroux
Will I have to use a dictionary to read your book? asked Mrs. Dodypol. It depends, says I, how much you used the dictionary before you read it.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
In the books I find the thrum of everything unsayable. The characters weep the way I want to, love the way I want to, cry, die, beat their breasts, and bray with life.
Alfred Hitchcock
The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book -- it makes a very poor doorstop.
Alice Hoffman
Books may well be the only true magic.
Alice Hoffman
Because we were Russian, sadness came naturally to us. But so did reading. In my family, a book was a life raft.
Alice Hoffman
Shelby watched the books burn. She wonders if words are pouring down on other people's houses,sad words, like beast and mourn and sorrow and mother.
Alice Hoffman
Perhaps I was drawn to stories in which people found their true desires because I was a stranger to myself.
Alice Hoffman
He started to look at me in a manner I recognized: it was the way I looked at a new book, one I had never read before, one that surprised me with all it had to say.
Alice Hoffman
Sometimes they would sit in the parlor together, both reading
Alice Hoffman
Sometimes they would sit in the parlor together, both reading
Alice Hoffman
From the time I could read, I found solace in my father's library...At the ages of ten and eleven and twelve I would have preferred to remain in the library...
Alice James
If I can get on to my sofa and occupy myself for four hours, at intervals through the day, scribbling my notes, and able to read the books that belong to me, in that they clarify the density, and shape the formless mass within, life seems inconceivably rich...
Alice Munro
I was happy in the library. Walls of printed pages, evidence of so many created worlds--this was a comfort to me.
Alice Munro
A story is not like a road to follow … it's more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.
Alice Steinbach
It is one of the strongest bonds, I think, that can spring up between people: sharing a passion for certain books and their authors.
Alison Sinclair
I'm not courting death; I've far too many books left to read.
Allan Bloom
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is.
Allen Lane
We believed in the existence in this country of a vast reading public for intelligent books at a low price and staked everything on it.
Allie Burke
She was addicted to literature like some people were addicted to heroin.
Allison Hoover Bartlett
It had a crisp paper jacket, unlike the paper-covered library books I was used to, and the way the pages parted, I could tell I was the first to open it ... I valued that half-dream state of being lost in a book so much that I limited the number of pages I let myself read each day in order to put off the inevitable end, my banishment from that world. I still do this.
Allison Hoover Bartlett
A book is much more than a delivery vehicle for its contents.
Alma Alexander
If you really want to be a writer, nobody can stop you -- and if you don't, nobody can help you.
Amanda Craig
Novelists,' said Ivo, 'are to the nineties what cooks were to the eighties, hairdressers to the seventies and pop-stars to the sixties… Merely, you know, an expression of the Zeitgeist, Nobody actually reads novels any more, but it's a fashionable thing to be a novelist
Amanda Craig
Novelists,' said Ivo, 'are to the nineties what cooks were to the eighties, hairdressers to the seventies and pop-stars to the sixties… Merely, you know, an expression of the Zeitgeist, Nobody actually reads novels any more, but it's a fashionable thing to be a novelist
Amanda Lovelace
over the decadesher books becamesuch a part of herthatthe ink somehow escapedher veins & bloomedher favorite words & imagesonto her skin.nowthe worldwould have no doubt:she was thepageboundgirl- page to skin
Amanda Lovelace
my boy? he is evenbetter than books. -fiction has nothing on you.
Ambrose Bierce
The covers of this book are too far apart.
Amie Kaufman
What does it mean? Flynn turns to gaze at me, eyes finally meeting mine.I find myself smiling because I know exactly what it means. It means the clouds are clearing on Avon.
Amie Kaufman
My breath catches, responding to an unfamiliar pull in my chest, an ache in my soul. I shouldn't miss him, but I do; this boy who had every right to pull that trigger, and instead threw himself between me and death. This boy, the only one who believes I'm not what they say I am what I believed I was; a soldier without a soul, a girl with no heart to break. He's the only one who's proved me wrong.
Amie Kaufman
His eyes move to my lips, and I know he's thinking the same thing; I can feel it in the way the air charges between us. I can almost taste him half an inch away, can feel the way the tiny hairs on my skin lift and reach for him like plants seeking the sunlight.
Amie Kaufman
He can't take his eyes off the stars, but I can't take mine off his face.
Aminah Iman
Never give up! And write for yourself first and foremost.
Amit Kalantri
Before this generation lose the wisdom, one advice - read books.
Amit Kalantri
Ability, experience and books have solution for all the problems.
Amor Towles
Katey's the hottest bookworm you'll ever meet. If you took all the books that she's read and piled them in a stack, you could climb to the Milky Way.
Amos Bronson Alcott
Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
Amy Joy
Literature cannot be imposed; it must be discovered.
Amy Lowell
For books are more than books, they are the lifeThe very heart and core of ages past,The reason why men lived and worked and died,The essence and quintessence of their lives.
Amy Lowell
All books are either dreams or swords,You can cut, or you can drug, with words.
Amy Lowell
All books are either dreams or swords.
Amy Neftzger
People experience books so very differently.
Amy Plum
I spent the rest of the day in someone else's story. The rare moments that I put the book down, my own pain returned in burning stabs.
Amy Rogers
Many people can and have written books, but many have nothing to say.
Ana Claudia Antunes
A book can be a great friend, an advisor, a means to an end. A book reveals so much more than a movie would ever do. For example, when I watched the movie The Hours I was fascinated by the story. Just a year later I decided to read the book. And what was my surprise that I was even more dazzled by its writings than I was by the images… The images in my head were more vivid than the film could ever transport me to that feminine universe that the author was trying (and so successfully granted me) to conceive…
Ana Monnar
My plan is to continue teaching many more years than the 32 years I've already enjoyed and continue writing, and promoting my books and websites if it's God will.
Anaïs Nin
His entire body was pleading for reassurance, and if her whole love was not enough what else could she give him to cure his doubt?
Anaïs Nin
No privacy left. No manners.
Anaïs Nin
So many broken promises, each day an aborted wish, a lost object, a misplaced unread book, cluttering the room like an attic with discarded possessions.
Anaïs Nin
The potion drunk by lovers is prepared by no one but themselves. The potion is the sum of one's whole existence.
Anaïs Nin
But love, the great narcotic, was the hothouse in which all the selves burst into their fullest bloom...
Anaïs Nin
The magic beauty of simultaneity, to see the loved one rushing toward you at the same moment you are rushing toward him, the magic power of meeting, exactly at midnight to achieve union, the illusion of one common rhythm achieved by overcoming obstacles, deserting friends, breaking other bonds - all this was soon dissolved by his laziness, by his habit of missing every moment, of never keeping his word, of living perversely in a state of chaos, of swimming more naturally in a sea of failed intentions, broken promises, and aborted wishes
Anaïs Nin
Now, his hair is white and he no longer understands anyone's need to love, for he has lost everything, not to love, but to his games of love; and when you love as a game, you lose everything, as he lost his home and wife, and now he clings to me, afraid of loss, afraid of solitude.
Anaïs Nin
Men from the mountains always dream of the sea, and above all things I love to travel.
Anaïs Nin
In this instant of danger they realized they were each other's reason for living, and into this instant they threw their whole being.
Anaïs Nin
Out of worship and out of love he would let no one light the stove for her either, as if he would be the warmth and the fire to dry and warm her feet.
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Her presence had awakened in him a man suddenly whipped by his earlier ideals, whose lost manhood wanted to assert itself in action.
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He had appointed her not only guardian angel, but a member of his ideals.
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When you're in my arms, I know you're mine. But your feet are so swift, so swift, they carry you as lightly as wings, I never know where, too fast, too fast away from me.
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Ali Baba protects the lovers! Gives them the luck of bandits, and no guilt, for love fills certain people and expands them beyond all laws; there is no time, no place for regrets, hesitations, cowardices. Love runs free and reckless, and all the gentle trickeries perpetrated to protect others from its burns-those who are not the lovers but who might be the victims of this love's expansion.
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He failed to see that it contained at once all of Djuna's wishes which had been denied, and these wishes had flown from all directions to meet at this intersection and to plead once more for understanding.
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The fascination exerted by one human being over another is not what he emits of his personality at the present instant of encounter but a summation of his entire being which gives off this powerful drug capturing the fancy and attachment.
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No moment of charm without long roots in the past, no moment of charm is born on bare soil, a careless accident of beauty, but is the sum of great sorrows, growths, and efforts.
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And it is that which draws me to you, too, for you are the tropics, you have the sun in you, and the softness and the clarity...
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Although I was so big, and so rough in many ways, loved hunting, fighting, horseback riding, I loved the piano above everything else...The mountain man's obsession is to get a glimpse of the sea.
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Love the great narcotic was the revealer in the alchemist's bottle rendering visible the most untraceable substances. Love the great narcotic was the agent provocateur exposing all the secret selves to daylight.
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I am sure you would not understand if I told you my father is delightfully clear and selfish, tender and lying, formal and incurable. He exhausts all the loves given to him. If I did not leave his house at night to warm myself in Rango's burning hands I would die at my task, arid and barren, sapless, while my father monologues about his past, and I yawn yawn yawn...
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You are that to me, an oasis. You drug me and at the same time you give me strength.
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Every lover could be brought to trial as the murderer of his own love. When something hurts you, saddens you, I rush to avoid it, to alter it, to feel as you do, but you turn away with a gesture of impatience and say: I don't understand
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Of course, you'll defend Jay, says Rango, He was a part of your former life, of your former values. I will never be able to alter that. I want you to think as I do.But Rango, you couldn't respect someone who surrendered an opinion merely to please you . It would be hypocrisy.
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No man and woman know what will be born in the darkness of their intermingling; so much besides children, so many invisible births, exchanges of soul and character, blossoming of unknown selves, liberation of hidden treasures, buried fantasies...
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Every word spoken in the past accumulated forms and colors in the self. What flows through the veins besides blood is the distillation of every act committed, the sediment of all the visions, wishes, dreams and experiences. All the past emotions converge to tint the skin and flavor the lips, to regulate the pulse and produce crystals in the eyes.
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Paul, Paul, this is the claim you never made, the fervor you never showed. You were so cool and light, so elusive, and I never felt you encircling me and claiming possession. Rango is saying all the words I wanted to hear you say. You never came close to me, even while taking me. You took me as men take foreign women in distant countries whose language they cannot speak. You took me in silence and strangeness.
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When you trust, you are tender and delicate, but when you doubt, you are dangerous and destructive
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I loved your breaking down that door, repeated Djuna. Through Rango she had breathed some other realm she had never attained before. She had touched through his act some climate of violence she had never known before.