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BOOKS

Addison, Joseph / Quoted in The Spectator, 1711
 “Books are the legacies genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.”

Alcott, Amos Bronson
“Books are the most mannerly of companions, accessible at all times, in all moods, frankly declaring the author’s mind, without offence.”

Austen, Jane / “Pride and Prejudice”
“With a book, he was regardless of time.”

Baker, Russell
" Americans like fat books and thin women.”

Baldwin, James
“You think your pain and your heartache are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

Beecher, Henry Ward
“It is a man’s duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.”

Manguel, Alberto/ “Into the Look-Glass Wood” / 1998
“A book becomes a different book every time we read it.”

“The best guides are the reader’s whims – trust in pleasure and faith in haphazardness – which sometimes lead us into a makeshift state of grace, allowing us to spin gold out of flax.”

“In the midst of uncertainty and many kinds of fear, threatened by loss, change and the welling of pain within and without for which one can offer no comfort, readers know that at least there are, here and there, a few safe places, as real as paper and as bracing as ink, to grant us roof and board in our passage through the dark and nameless wood.”

Smith, Elinor Goulding/ “Confessions of Mrs. Smith” / 1958
“Like an alcoholic who can’t take a drink unless he has the bottle in front of him, the bibliomaniac can’t read a book without a comfortable reserve pile of six more on the arm of his chair.”

Waugh, John C.
Television and the Internet notwithstanding, the greatest magic carpet ride for the mind ever devised by man is books.

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BOOK COLLECTING

Rosenbach, Dr. A. S. W. /quoted in “The Pleasures of Book Collecting” by Salvatore J. Iacone/1976
 “After love…book-collecting is the most exhilarating sport of all.”

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BOOKS VS. E-READERS

Buzbee, Lewis/ "The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop” /2006
 "The book is a uniquely durable object, one that can be fully enjoyed without being damaged. A book doesn't require fuel, food, or service; it isn't very messy and rarely makes a noise. A book can be read over and over, then passed on to friends, or resold at a garage sale. A book will not crash or freeze and will still work when filled with sand. Even if it falls into the bath, it can be dried out and finished. Books require no special training to operate."

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BOOKSHOPS - SECONDHAND & ANTIQUARIAN

Aristides / From "New & Previously Owned Books & Other Cream Puffs" in American Scholar
"Used-book stores are so much more enticing. One never knows what one will find in a used-book store, which is what makes them to the book-crazed, such exciting places."

"The ideal neighborhood for a used-book shop is a neighborhood gone slightly to decay or a university community."

"Used-book stores function in part as a retirement home for authorly hopes."

Beecher, Henry Ward
"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”

Hunt, Leigh
 "Yon second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures which he dispenses."

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BOOKSTORES

Aristides
"One of the tests of a good city is the quality of its bookstores."

"Owning a bookshop seems to be a fairly common fantasy."

"If writing and reading is to survive in roughly the form we know it now, so must bookstores, new and used."

Beecher, Henry Ward
"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"

Braun, Lillian Jackson

“No one ever shouts in a bookstore.”

BUZBEE, LEWIS / From “The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, 2006
“The invitation of the bookstore occurs on so many levels that it seems we must take our time.”

“The bookstore and the coffeehouse are natural allies; Neither has a time limit, slowness is encouraged.”

From “The Backroom Uncovered” in Antiquarian Bookman Weekly, 1992
“Bookstores are awash in Romance.”

Dunning, John
 "It's always that way when you're looking at books. an hour goes by in a minute: you don't know where the hell the time went. It's like making love to a woman ... the most hypnotic business a man can do."

Frost, Robert
 "The first thing I do in any town I come to is ask if it has a bookstore."

Jackson, Holbrook
 "The bookman appraises towns by the number of their bookshops: if they be few, the towns are dull, monotonous, ugly; to be shunned, disliked, or, at best, endured."

Letterman, David
“Browsing in a bookstore is great fun!”

Morley, Christopher
 "I want to give people an entirely new idea about bookshops. My conception of the bookstore (is) as a power house, a radiating place for truth and beauty."

Walpole, Horace
“I love all bookshops from the gritty, dusty, cobwebbed interior to the smart, sun-splashed West End magnificence.”

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BOOKSELLING

Kinsella, Bridget
"Anyone who has ever worked in a bookstore can tell you that it is not for the money."

Kroch, Adolph
 "A bookstore's greatest asset is its staff of employees."

Zeitlin, Jacob
“Bookselling has been called a very pleasant way of making very little money.”

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BOOKSELLERS

Beach, Sylvia
“Fitting people with books is about as difficult as fitting them with shoes."

Brent, Stuart
“I had decided to become a bookseller because I loved good books. I assumed there must be others who shared a love for reading and that I could minister to their needs. I thought of this as a calling.”

 "To have a successful bookstore means also to be a slave to detail."

 "A personal bookseller is one who communicates directly with the customer as a person. You must give of your time and yourself without regard for the profit. You must retain the zest and enthusiasm and joy upon reading a book and finding it wonderful."

D'Erasmo, Stacy
 "The independent bookseller is a bellwether of the vitality of the reading public."

Eklund, John
 "Customers expect booksellers to be passionate about books, and a desire to be around others who feel this way is one of the reasons people come to a bookshop."

Growoll, Adolf
 "We are not dealers in mere merchandise; we are educators."

Hunt, Leigh
 "Yon second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures which he dispenses."

Mencken, H L
"The marvel is that the bookseller survives at all."

Morley, Christopher
 "Thank God I am a bookseller, trafficking in the dreams and beauties and curiosities of humanity rather than some mere huckster of merchandise."

Powell, Lawrence Clark
"There is no moderate life for a bookman. Suspect is he who lives a bookish life from eight to five, then shuts the door to heaven-on-earth, and turns to cards or golf or worse. Give me the man whose life is encircled by books, who lives and plays, wakes and dreams, sells or lends, and everlastingly reads books, who practices what he preaches, the true gospel that, next to mother's milk, books are the best food."

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WRITING

Bukowski, Charles
“There is only one place to write and that is alone at a typewriter. The writer who has to go into the streets is a writer who does not know the streets…when you leave your typewriter you leave your machine gun and the rats come pouring through.”

Mann, Thomas
 "A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.


Vonnegut, Kurt
“Writers can treat their mental illnesses every day.”

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