Quotes That I Like

“Books are our guardians of memory, tutors in language, pathways to reason, and our golden gate to the royal road of imagination. Books take us to new places where boundaries are not set by someone else’s pictures on a television screen and our thoughts are not drowned out by sounds on a boom box. Books help us pose the unimagined question and to accept the unwelcome answer. Books convince rather than coerce. They are oases of coherence where things are put together rather than just taken apart. Good books take us away from the bumper cars of emotion and polemics in the media into trains of thought that can lead us into places we might not otherwise ever discover.

Reading a book can become a private conversation with someone from a time and place other than our own — a voyage into both mastery and mystery.”
–John H. Billington, “The Modern Library and Global Democracy,” from The Meaning of the Library; ed. Alice Crawford

“Let me keep my mind on what matters which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.”
–Mary Oliver

“The possibilities of thought training are infinite, its consequence eternal, and yet few take the pains to direct their thinking into channels that will do them good, but instead leave all to chance.”
–Marden

“There is a fever that overcomes a book-lover who has limited time to spend on Ober’s island.  A fever to read.  Or at least to open the books.  There is no question of finishing or even delving deeply.  I have only days.  Among the books, I feel what is almost a low swell of grief, a panic.”
–Louise Erdrich, Books and Islands in Ojibway Country 

 

3 Responses to Quotes That I Like

  1. There are so many great quotes here that it is almost mind-numbing to try to read them all at once, but a favorite for the moment is John Muir’s “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,”perhaps because I’m reading Joan Halifax’s The Fruitful Darkness at the moment.

    • Elisa says:

      I still cannot or have yet not come up with a way to correct this issue. Today, I remembered the pagination article that WordPress did. I added in the code to create pages. Please let me know if you have any suggestion that might be better. It’s hard for me to organize or categorize that is PERFECT. Forcing one quote into one way of thinking smashes up against my method of cross referencing (the ultimate correct one that I do not have–yet) lol!

  2. Great quotes indeed, thoughts to remember, words to read again and write in one’s journal. Thank you Elisa.

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