[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 1896-1940

I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 2005

We were there to celebrate some of the rare intelligence capabilities that our country can actually be proud of — those of librarians. I see them as healers and magicians. Librarians can tease out of inarticulate individuals enough information about what they are after to lead them on to the path of connection. They are trail guides through the forest of shelves and aisles — you turn a person loose who has limited skills, and he’ll be walloped by the branches. But librarians match up readers with the right books. . . .

Anne Lamott (Auszug aus dem Essay “In Steinbeck Country, We Said No to Closing the Libraries” vom 4. Juni 2005)

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 2014

Libraries tend to become more cozy, relaxing and communicative places. Other than public spaces like museums, they have a certain private character, which makes them a living room for their community. Olaf Eigenbrodt

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 1994

 

The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card.”

E.L. Doctorow

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 1821-1880

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 2010

Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction…. We regain the world by withdrawing from it just a little by stepping back from the noise. David L. Ulin

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 1968

We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.” B. F. Skinner : The Man and His Ideas, by Richard Isadore Evans, 1968

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 1904

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief. Franz Kafka

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 1667-1745

Bücher haben wie die Menschen nur einen Weg, um in die Welt zu kommen, aber sie haben tausend, um sie zu verlassen und nie wiederzukehren. Jonathan Swift

 

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[Zitat] Unkommentiert – 2013

A book cannot be selective of its readership; nor can it insist upon the conditions under which it is read or received. The degree to which a book is successful depends only on the degree to which it is loved. All a starred review amounts to is an expression of brand loyalty, an assertion of personal preference for one brand of literature above another. It is as hopelessly beside the point as giving four stars to your mother, three stars to your childhood, or two stars to your cat.

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