— Carol Shields American author 1935 - 2003
„I want my own books to have their own shelves," you said, and that's how I knew it would be okay to live together.“
— David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary
"I want my books to have their own shelves", you said, and that's how I knew it would be okay to live together.
Источник: The Lover's Dictionary
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914
Источник: Epigrams, p. 353
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
„You write a book like that that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Statement after seeing David O. Selznick's remake of A Farewell to Arms (1957).
„Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.“
— William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898
„Don't ask where the rest of this book is!" It is a shrill cry that comes from an undefined spot among the shelves. "All books continue in the beyond…“
— Italo Calvino Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels 1923 - 1985
Источник: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
„For years I used to bore my wife over lunch with stories about funny incidents. The words 'My book,' as in 'I'll put that in it one day,' became a sort of running joke. Eventually she said, 'Look, I don't want to offend you, but you've been saying that for 25 years. If you were going to write a book, you'd have done it. You're never going to do it now. Old vets of 50 don't write books.' So I purchased a lot of paper right then and started to write.“
— James Herriot veterinary surgeon and writer 1916 - 1995
Источник: Margolis, Jonathan (Dec. 12, 2002). "But It Did Happen To A Vet". Time Magazine
„I'm going to ask you something. If I do get killed, and I honestly don't see how I can help it, I want you to write that book we were thinking about when I enlisted.“
— James Jones American author 1921 - 1977
Letter to his brother Jeff from Guadalcanal (28 January 1943); p. 28
To Reach Eternity (1989)
Контексте: I'm going to ask you something. If I do get killed, and I honestly don't see how I can help it, I want you to write that book we were thinking about when I enlisted. If I get it, it's a cinch I won't be able to do it, and it would make me feel a whole lot better to know that if not my name and hand, at least, the thot of me would be passed on and not forgotten entirely. You know, sort of put into the book the promise that I had and the things I might have written so at least the knowledge of talent wasted won't be lost... If I get it, no one will ever know to what heights I might have gone as a writer. Maybe if you wrote about the promise that was there, all wouldn't be lost.
„Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if they open it and read it, they don't have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don't have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or sold, or bought, or read.“
— Philip Pullman, книга The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2010)
— Gilbert Highet British academic 1906 - 1978
The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning (1976)
Контексте: These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice, as inaudible as the streams of sound conveyed by electric waves beyond the range of our hearing; and just as the touch of button on our stereo will fill the room with music, so by opening one of these volumes, one can call into range a voice far distant in time and space, and hear it speaking, mind to mind, heart to heart.
— Elaine Dundy American journalist, actress 1921 - 2008
Afterword to The Dud Avocado (2006)
Контексте: My success took another road. I complained to Rod Steiger, "The book’s hardly been out and everyone wants to know what I’m going to write next. I mean, don’t I get to rest on my laurels?" In fact I had no idea of writing a second novel. "No," said Rod, answering my question. "Succeeding only means you get another chance to try to do it again."
I thought about it, and then Ken said to me, "If you write another book, I’ll divorce you." I sat down and started my second novel and wondered that I knew its beginning and its end. I put it aside to write a play which went on in London.… I went back to my novel and finished it. It was published to good reviews but now there were a couple of stinkers. I tore them up and flushed them down the toilet. I’d become a writer.
In 1964 Ken and I got divorced. Well, we did bad things to each other. Now, some three decades later, I look back in gratitude at him: I look back in wonder.
— Edith Wharton, книга The House of Mirth
Источник: The House of Mirth
„Go to the bookstore and look at how many bookshelves are filled with books trying to explain how to work the devices. We don't see shelves of books on how to use television sets, telephones, refrigerators or washing machines. Why should we for computer-based applications?“
— Donald A. Norman American academic 1935
Источник: The Invisible Computer (1998), Ch. 10
„My first book “The Naked Manager”, a big success in 1971, had been followed by many others, and I wanted to write still more. Writing books is very interesting as each new project takes you in a different direction. You learn a lot – especially about what you yourself really think.“
— Robert Heller British magician 1932 - 2012
„You cannot write for children… They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.“
— Maurice Sendak American illustrator and writer of children's books 1928 - 2012
As quoted in Boston Globe interview (4 January 1987)