Recently I perused the shelves, and found a good book. There is nothing quite like being at one's leisure and reading a good book.. reminding oneself that the facilities for reading are still there, despite the hurry that accompanies most days. To be able to simply sit and read a book through- cover to cover- is such a liberty, and a pleasure.
That is exactly what I did. I read 3/4 of the book, until the very moment before Biology finals, and returned afterwards to complete the book, because there was no way that I could put it down after being so intriuged.
The book was one of quotations- and shall share them.
The Writer's Quotation Book- A Literary Companion (revised and expanded)
Edited by James Charlton
Here are a few quotes (the last one was not from that book; it was from an e-mail I got on current events) -
Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers I'd be a politician. - Eugene Ionesco
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterwards. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography. - Evelyn Wangh
The value of great fiction, we begin to suspect, is not that it entertains us or distracts us from our troubles, not just that it broadens our knowledge of people and places, but also that it helps us to know what we believe, reinforces the qualities that are noblest in us, leads us to feel uneasy about our failures and limitations. - John Gardner
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. - St. Thomas Aquinas
Quotation books have a way of making a person feel like an intellectual. ;)