"It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things."
Lemony Snicket - The Reptile Room (via booksandhotchocolate)
(Source: quotablebookquotes, via thepeoplecouldfly)
I don’t really understand why many people always think rain, coffee, and book are perfect combinations. I like coffee and book. But, I don’t really like rain. Drizzle is okay, but beyond that… meh.
And when some people tell me that rain is a good reason to stay at home and reading, I also don’t get it. I don’t need rain as reason to stay at home and spend whole day (or week or month) reading.
May be it’s about preference. May be. Just please, people, stop assume that I like rain or rainy days or rainy season every time I say that I love coffee and book. It drives me mad, seriously.
"We’re all traveling through time together, every day of our life. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride"
— About Time
"To try to write love is to confront the muck of language; that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive (by the limitless expansion of the ego, by emotive submersion) and impoverished (by the codes on which love diminishes and levels it)."
— Roland Barthes
"I don’t want anyone writing in to point out that I spend too much money on books, many of which I will never read. I know that already. I certainly intend to read all of them, more or less. My intentions are good. Anyway, it’s my money. And I’ll bet you do it too."
— Nick Hornby - The Polysyllabic Spree (via bookporn)
"It all started from a desire to share. In this case… good books, wonderful stories. I was leafing through the pages of a book in a library when a little girl at the farther end of the aisle spoke to her friend in her high little-girl voice, “Look, look, such a pretty book. With pictures too.” They were both sitting on the floor and they had this big picture book between them, their hands eagerly pointed at one picture after another. The smaller girl said, “What is it about?” And her friend shook her head, “It’s in English. If only we understood English….” I knew then and there that I wanted to translate books."
— Tanti Lesmana, translator.
"Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window."
— William Faulkner