— Alberto Manguel writer 1948
Stealing Books, p. 238.
„When I possessed the keys, read the book and understood the symbols, I was permitted to lift the curtain of the Temple and enter.“
— P. D. Ouspensky Russian esotericist 1878 - 1947
Context: When I possessed the keys, read the book and understood the symbols, I was permitted to lift the curtain of the Temple and enter. its inner sanctum. And there I beheld a Woman with a crown of gold and a purple mantle. She held a sword in one hand and scales in the other. I trembled with awe at her appearance, which was deep and mysterious, and drew me like an abyss. "You see Truth," said the voice. "On these scales everything is weighed. This sword is always raised to guard justice, and nothing can escape it." "But why do you avert your eyes from the scales and the sword? They will remove the last illusions. How could you live on earth without these illusions? "You wished to see Truth and now you behold it! But remember what happens to the mortal who beholds a Goddess!" Card XI : Justice http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/sot/sot22.htm
„When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.“
— Nora Ephron Film director, author screenwriter 1941 - 2012
— Kamala Surayya Indian author 1934 - 2009
Kamala Suraiyya Das (Wages of Love)
„Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read that book.“
— John Green American author and vlogger 1977
Hazel Grace Lancaster, p. 33
— Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894
An Apology for Idlers.
„In… the book of Egoism, it is written, possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.“
— George Meredith British novelist and poet of the Victorian era 1828 - 1909