reading

Only library books speak with such wordless eloquence of the power good stories hold over us.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

‘Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.’ I read that in a book somewhere and it’s stuck in my head. Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not true. More likely, the young and the old are lonely in different ways, in their own ways.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Books are for those without real lives, he thought. And they are no real replacement.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

I was not scared of anything, when I read my book.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Growing up, I took so many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave. They were my teachers and my advisers.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Books were safer than other people anyway.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Reread that Bronte book all you want, but Jane Eyre’s never going to get gender-reassignment surgery or train to become a kick-ass ninja assassin.

Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

Reading most books feels exactly like you’re a dead body. It’s all so… finished.

Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

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