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Topic #12 Why I love to read books

I am an avid reader who loves to read anything I can put my hands on.  I consider it my “hobby” as I would rather read than so almost anything in this world on any given day.  Time just seems to escape when I read.  Here are some quotes:

  • “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” Stephan Mallarme

  • “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read.” Isaiah 34:16

  • “The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page.” Anonymous

  • “The sensation felt when touching paper differs from the coldness of metal or
    the perfection of plastic as
    it radiates a core warmth that we expect to come
    a living object. Each fiber greets our hands in a comfortable, familiar
    tradition that we were
    introduced to as children, and constantly thereafter in
    school and at work. Most of the paper we use is
    bleached perfectly white with
    just enough texture to
    reliably meet the rubber rollers of a copy machine. Yet
    once in a while we are fortunate enough to
    encounter the kind of graphic design
    that not only
    visually stimulates, but that we can also taste with
    The Reactive Square
    – John Maeda

  • “A book is a human-powered film projector (complete with feature film) that
    advances at a speed fully
    customized to the viewer’s mood or fancy. This rare harmony between object and user arises from the minimal skills required to manipulate a bound sequence of pages. Each piece of paper embodies a
    instant of time which remains frozen until liberated by the
    act of turning a page.”
    The Reactive Square – John Maeda

  • “We read about 1,000 times more than we write.” Xerox PARC – Rich Gold

  • “We think of an eBook as an intelligent pet.” BeeHive Hypertext – Talan Memmot

  • Reading surrounds us, labels us, defines us.” Xerox PARC – Rich Gold

  • “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.” St. Augustine

  • “It took people 10 years to figure out that while stuck in a morning commute, they could be listening to a book.” Publishers Weekly – Paul Hilts

  • “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

  • Change can be scary. When papyrus replaced clay tablets, and the Gutenberg press calligraphy, did a bit of panic set in? Are we in the midst of a revolution of similar proportion? Very probably.” Susan McLester

  • A popular admonition goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet we do it all the time. We ascribe qualities of character to people based on their physical characteristics. And our language takes shape to reflect that attitude. Anu Garg

  • A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas—a place where history comes to life. Norman Cousins
  • “We should not see print and electronic literature as in competition, but rather in conversation. The more voices that join in, the richer the dialogue is likely to be.”
    N. Katherine Hayles

  • I cannot live without books.Thomas Jefferson

  • A good library is a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet.Samuel Niger

  • I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

  • The public library is the most dangerous place in town. John Ciardi

  • A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.Henry Ward Beecher

  • If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are the banks.
    Wendell Ford

  • Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures, go to the public library, and you won’t come out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn.” Leo Tolstoy

  • A circulating library in a town is an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge!
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • The closest thing we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library.
    Ashleigh Brilliant

  • Access to knowledge is the superb, the supreme act of truly great civilizations.  Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.Toni Morrison

  • The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. Carl Thomas Rowan

  • Throughout my formal education I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries.  Libraries became the courts of last resort, as it were.  The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries. Arthur Ashe

  • “I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” Carl Sagan

  • “The printed page transcends space and time. The printed page, the infinity of the book, must be transcended.” The Electro-Library – El Lissitzky

  • “When you realize the difference between the container and the content, you will
    have knowledge.”
    The Book of the Book Idries Shah

  • “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes12:12

  • “Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face,
    And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen.
    Examine every married lineament,
    And see how one another lends content,
    And what obscured in this fair volume lies
    Find written in the margin of his eyes.
    This precious book of love, this unbound lover,
    To beautify him, only lacks a cover.
    The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride
    For fair without the fair within to hide.
    That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory
    That in golden clasps locks in the story.
    So shall you share all that he doth possess,
    By having him making yourself no less.”

    Lady Capulet talking to Juliet, compares the young lover’s face
    to a most captivating book and invites her to read in it with delight.  
    Romeo and Juliet
    – William Shakespeare

  • “The body of Benjamin Franklin
    Like the covering
    Of an old book
    Its contents torn out
    And stript of its lettering
    And gilding
    Lies here, food for worms;
    But the work
    Shall not be lost,
    It will (as he believed)
    Appear once more,
    In a new
    And more beautiful edition,
    Corrected and amended
    By the author.”
    Epitaph for Benjamin Franklin


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