Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think.
The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.
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The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.
Roger Bacon held that three classes of substance were capable of magic: the herbal, the mineral, and the verbal. With their leaves of fiber, their inks of copperas and soot, and their words, books are an amalgam of the three.
Matthew Battles, from Library: An Unquiet History