"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
"If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print."
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Lewis Buzbee (via bibliotheque)
Sometimes when people keep pushing me to read a book I don’t want to I tell them I’ve done the maths for how many books I want to read versus how many I can possibly read in my life and I just don’t have the time for their crappy book. I don’t even have time to have this conversation with you I have a schedule to keep to. Damn it people.
(Source: prettybooks, via shieldsofpaper)