What’s your favorite book quote?

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So, Nowhere Bookshop remains in that strange liminal space where our doors aren’t open to customers because the plague won’t go away and we don’t want to contribute to that, but we’ve had a lot of local San Antonians ask if they could pick up books from the store so this week we’re going to try out no-contact curbside service. Like, you order and pay online and then call us when you’re at the store and we make sure no one is around and then run your books to a table outside the shop and then when we’re safely back inside you can run up in your mask and grab your books off the table and speed away like you’re doing some sort of wonderful book heist. It’s basically the most introverted sales experience ever and I sort of think we should keep that option forever. Click here for details if you’re local. And we still ship everywhere if you’re like me and don’t ever want to leave the house again.

This weekend Victor and Hailey and I went to the shop and worked while it was empty and I can’t even tell you how many amazing books are there. And tarot cards and stuffed animals and socks and automatons and art and cards and bags and socks and OMG, Y’ALL. I want to do a live feed soon walking through the store with you because it is kind of magic already even though it’s still not really finished.

Poor Elizabeth is feeling Victor’s pain as I sneak bizarre stuff into the store and do ridiculous things that make her probably question ever agreeing to work with me. Like this series of messages I just sent her:

She didn’t quit though and was totally okay with the art because she is good people and also because there is no sense in arguing with me. (Also, the mouse is reading “Of Mice and Men” because of course she is.)

One other thing that I want to do with the store is have little quotes written around on the walls and behind books and in places you might not expect. They’ll be small and semi-hidden…like finding little messages from ghosts…and I’d like them to be either quotes from books or about books. Some will be written on tiny squares of paper and slipped into books. Some will be written under shelves so only tiny children see them. Many will never be found but I sort of like that. Here are a few of my favorite quotes about reading but I need a lot more so will you share yours? Any wonderful quote from or about a book that stuck with you that you want to share with the world.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” 
― Haruki Murakami

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” 
― Oscar Wilde

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 
― Toni Morrison

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” 
― Neil Gaiman

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges


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  1. “…the world will never find peace until men fall at their women’s feel and ask for forgiveness.”

  2. I should clarify…i know “book” isn’t in it, but books are some of the best journeys for me, so it’s the first one that popped into my head. 🙂

  3. Frank McCourt in Angela’s Ashes: “I don’t know what it means and I don’t care because it’s Shakespeare and it’s like having jewels in my mouth when I say the words.”
    suggested snippet: “… it’s Shakespeare and it’s like having jewels in my mouth …”

  4. “Without the dark there isn’t light. Without the pain there is no relief. And I remind myself that I’m lucky to be able to feel such great sorrow, and also such great happiness. I can grab on to each moment of joy and live in those moments because I have seen the bright contrast from dark to light and back again.“ – Jenny Lawson

  5. It might not be appropriate, but it’s helped me many, many times, “It’s probably going to hurt.” Stephen King, The Gingerbread Girl

  6. “Yes, we too are stardust.” – Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

  7. “And this I have learned: grown-ups do not know the language of shadows.”
    Opal Whiteley

  8. I hope that the epitaph of the human race when the world ends will be: Here perished a species which lived to tell stories. (Lyndsay Faye)

  9. I have this one framed on my bookshelf:

    You will never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me – C.S. Lewis

  10. “You’re just as sane as I am” – Luna Lovegood (not an author lol but still a good quote 🤷🏼‍♀️)

  11. ACK! Beating a dragon? That doesn’t sound very nice! Dragons are friendly and shouldn’t be abused! 🙁 Here’s my contribution for a quote… a favorite from Alice in Wonderland, of course:

    “Well now that we *have* seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?”

  12. How wonderful!! antelope Boleyn! and the mouse decal……….you are brilliant!!

  13. I found a wonderful tribe of friends through Twilight years ago and we still quote “Be safe.” as a shorthand for our care and concern of each other. And Edward, of course.

  14. What a great idea, Jenny! This is one of my favorites:

    So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

  15. “…the world would never find peace until men fell at their women’s feet and asked for forgiveness.” Jack Kerouac

  16. Quote about books: Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. Groucho Marx

    Quote not about books, but it’s from Mark Twain: Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

    The second quote is truer than ever right now, wouldn’t you agree?

    Nowhere Books is on my bucket list!

  17. Just a few from the best book out there:

    Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

    So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

    if something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn’t there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed. That’s why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

  18. “Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.”
    ― Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

    “Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”
    ― Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

    “Having a physical reaction to a lack of book is not unusual.”
    ― Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

    “Reading a book four times in one day is perfectly normal behavior.”
    ― Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

  19. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
    “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

    Harry Potter has some great wisdom!

  20. “Words come to mean what most people think they mean, not what we say they ought to mean.” –William Safire

  21. My local bookstore is doing shopping by appointment. You reserve a 45 minute time slot and buy a gift card to the store to reserve your spot. When you arrive at your appointed time (mask required) you’re greeted by a bookseller who offers you hand sanitizer. In the 15 minutes between appointments, counters and spaces that you touched are disinfected. Being alone in a bookstore for 45 minutes was like a childhood dream come true!

  22. She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. Louisa May Alcott

  23. I never have much to say unless I’m in a library or a bookstore; and then I say too much. I never seem to get the talking thing right.
    ~~from Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde

  24. Just a few from the best book ever:

    If something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn’t there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed. That’s why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

    So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

    Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

  25. The libraries in Ireland have “reopened”. You can’t go in, but you can email your local branch and have a chat about the types of books you like to read. The lovely staff pick a selection for you and you pop in at a designated time to collect them.
    My mum is a huge fan and was delighted with her first selection.

  26. “These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.” –Giilbert Highet

  27. “If you can’t be a good example, you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.” Jennifer Crusie

  28. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

    “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan

  29. I have 2 that I would love to get as tattoos if it weren’t for the whole not liking needles/pain and probably being allergic to the ink thing. One is “Don’t Panic” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the other is actually from you – “Weird on you bad ass motherfucker”. But you probably can’t use that one in the store. 😉

  30. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
    Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
    -Groucho Marx

  31. From a play, not a book. “You are fabulous creatures, each and every one. And I bless you: More Life. The Great Work Begins.” Tony Kushner, Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika

  32. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
    – Dr. Seuss

  33. She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. Louisa May Alcott

  34. “So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.” Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

  35. I think adding quotes from book themselves would be truly wonderful. Especially any that talk about the joy of books themselves.
    There are several quotes from the book Tilly & the Bookwanderers that are truly wonderful. I read it at the beginning of lockdown, because I just couldn’t read anything else.

    “she felt like a seasoned traveler within the pages of books”

    “she compared herself to the characters she met in books their ink and paper felt more real than her bones and skin.”

    “The books we love when we’re growing up shape us in a special way, Tilly. The characters in the books we read help us decide who we want to be.”

    “Books can change minds and change worlds, open doors and open minds, and plant seeds that can grow into magical or even terrifying things. Stories are things to be loved and respected at the same time; never underestimate the power of them.”

    “Our stories are how we will be remembered—so we’ve got to make sure they are worth telling.”

    Truly a fun series for anyone, at any age, to read. Happy hiding thoughtful words for your readers Jenny!! Your words have greatly kept me entertained on a long cross country road trip!

  36. From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.” -Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  37. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
    ― Stephen King

    Basically, books are magick and have souls.

  38. “I crawled into my book and pulled the pages over my head…”
    ― Laurie R. King

  39. Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us- Paul Theroux. I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I ended up where I ended up where I needed to be- Douglas Adams

  40. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”–Jhumpa Lahiri

    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket
    “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

    “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney

    “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” – Mark Twain

    “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

    For Reading Month at school, I covered my door with quotes about books and reading. These were some of them. I wish I’d taken a picture….

  41. “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
    ― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  42. “Every single one wants to matter. We want our lives, and our stories and the choices we made or didn’t make to matter.”
    ― Anthony Ray Hinton,

  43. A book is like a garden carried in your pocket. —- Chinese proverb
    If a book is well written I always find it too short. —-Jane Austen
    The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.—-Descartes
    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one. —-George R. R. Martin

  44. “But of all the magic I’ve known, I’ve had to make myself” Shel Silverstein

  45. Of course I’m blanking on a good quote right now but I am truly loving everyone else’s wonderful quotes. Also, it seems like early on you said something about not really loving that flooring but it was too expensive to change, but I have to tell you I love the flooring. It seems warm and earthy and cozy.

  46. “AC said, ‘THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER.'” — Isaac Asimov, The Last Question

  47. “I do not read to think. I do not read to learn.
    I do not read to search for truth
    I know the truth, the truth is hardly what I need.
    I read to dream.” – Passion

  48. “God favors drunks, small children, and the cataclysmically stoned…” Stephen King, IT

  49. I have two:

    “Books! The best weapons in the world!” – Tenth Doctor

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

  50. “AC said, ‘THERE IS AS YET INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER.'” — Isaac Asimov, The Last Question

  51. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.“ – Walt Disney

  52. Stephen King, from his book _On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft_: “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

    I got bookplates made for my bestie that say “Portable Magic from Library”. I still feel like a genius!

  53. From Callaghan’s Crosstime Saloon by spider Robinson: A problem shared is lessened; a joy shared is increased.

  54. “We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream.” ~Peter Beagle

  55. “It always breaks my heart a little, when I come to the end of a book.” –Zane Hickman

  56. Oh! Oh! One more:

    “Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”

    – Laini Taylor from Muse of Nightmares (one of my fav authors besides you!)

  57. “I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.” —Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome

  58. A good quote for the cookbooks section: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

  59. “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” -Stephen King
    I would have spent the next three hours searching for something to post, then I realized my favorite book quote is LITERALLY TATTOOED on my arm. SMH.

  60. I don’t have the exact quote but it was Stephen King describing how he writes, like falling into the typewriter.

  61. A couple from one of my favorite books, The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

    “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

    “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

  62. Jenny, I am learning German and one of the phrases early on in the program was “Die Mäuse lesen ein Buch” and I thought how silly it was to learn that the kids are reading a book but now I’m really glad I learned it!

  63. “Don’t marry someone who doesn’t read books. You won’t have anything to talk about after a year.” Said by my grandmother when I was eight. I took her advice and we are still happy after 25 years.

  64. “There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.”

    ― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

  65. For the bar… “A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world” – Louis Pasteur

    “God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.” – Rebecca West

    “Never disregard a book because the author of it is a ridiculous fellow.” – Lord Melbourne (William Lamb)

    “If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” – Jane Austen

    “It’s never too cold, too wet, or too hot
    To pick up a book, and share what you’ve got
    You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild
    To pick up a book, and read to a child.” – Anita Merina

    “No one ever asks about the language” – Amy Tan (as quoted by Stephen King)

  66. “We are all stardust and stories” Erin Morgenstern – The Starless Sea

  67. “The building was on fire and it wasn’t my fault.” – Harry Dresden

  68. “The man that I named the Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love, and truth. Every time you place a book in the hands of a child, you do the same thing. It is very risky. But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere. It gives him choices. It gives him freedom. Those are magnificent, wonderfully unsafe things.”

    [from her Newberry Award acceptance speech]
    Lois Lowry

  69. From Doctor Who:

    Books. People never really stop loving books. Fifty-first century. By now you’ve got holovids, direct-to-brain downloads, fiction mist. But you need the smell. The smell of books.”


    “You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”

  70. Curbside pickup is great, our little local bookshop has been doing it during the plague, also delivery via bicycle courier (Bard’s Alley in Vienna, VA). Wish I lived closer, would do the curbside pickup on the regular.

  71. OK, that didn’t work, so I’ll try again under my old screen name:
    “There is no one right way to live” -Daniel Quinn

  72. I have two:

    “Thank you for being my light in the darkness” – Scorpius Malfoy (HP & the Cursed Child)
    “Belief and faith are great, but very few people have been led astray by thinking for themselves” – Leah Remini (Troublemaker)

  73. Your plague-burdened book shop sounds like absolute heaven. I can’t wait until the plague is over and it can be revealed!! Love that you’ve moved to the curbside pick-up because… life has to go on and… oh I just cannot wait to visit!

    Gak. FAVORITE quote in a book… ever? I guess it’s because it’s my mom’s death anniversary and I’m feeling eternal and also as if I’m disappearing but:

    “I am glad, he said, ‘that I’m not the only one. Can we just go somewhere and drink something and forget?” -Gus from Don’t Ask Me Why by Tania Kindersley… inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s characters.

    But that’s maybe a bit depressing for a ghost to whisper it onto the wall…

    In any case, self promotion! Please check out my Mozilla (fuck Google) latest post: Wasps Are Mean and “Argh” as it is darkly-humored and ends with pirates:


  74. “Because you are defined not by life’s imperfect moments, but by your reaction to them. And because there is joy in embracing – rather than running from – the utter absurdity of life.” Jenny Lawson

  75. “All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth Is Change.”
    ― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower

  76. “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!”
    — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2

  77. “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney
    “Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”- The Doctor

  78. Do you know “Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book” by Howard R Garis?
    The quotes at the end of each chapter are so whimsical and joyful I think they would be a perfect addition to your collection
    A few examples:
    “Anyhow, if it should happen that the doorknob doesn’t turn around and try and crawl through the keyhole when the milk bottle chases the pussy cat off the back stoop, then I may tell you next about Uncle Wiggily and the chicken-pox”
    “And if the hand-organ monkey doesn’t take the squeak out of the rubber ball to make a tin horn for the rag doll, the next story will be about Uncle Wiggiy and the horse”
    Love them all…

  79. Not a reading quote but a writing one, from John Prine (sob!):

    “Writing is about a blank piece of paper and leaving out what’s not supposed to be there”

  80. “Despair made the deserts and hope shaped the oasis.”
    Anne Bishop

  81. It is the writer’s obligation to his craft to go to bed angry, and to rise up angrier the next day. To fight for the words because, at final moments, that’s all a writer has to prove his right to exist as a spokesman for his times. To retain the sense of smell; to know what one smells is the corruption of truth and not the perfumes of Araby.
    Harlan Ellison
    Congratulations on your store!

  82. “My life is a reading list.”
    ― John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  83. If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. – Lemony Snicket

  84. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past

  85. “All knowledge is worth having.” – Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart

  86. “Life is short and pain is long and we were all put on this earth to help each other.”

    ― Stephen King, Firestarter

  87. That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  88. Go then. There are other worlds than this- Stephen King, The Gunslinger

  89. “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.”
    ― George R. R. Martin


    – Anthropomorphic Personification of Death, Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

  91. Sometimes words need music too. Sometimes the descriptions are not enough; books should be written with soundtracks, like films – Terry Pratchett “Diggers”

  92. “A good bookshop is just a genteel black hole that knows how to read.” — Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

  93. Tough titty, as the kitty was reputed to have said to the babes who complained about the warmth of the milk.
    – Stephen King, Skeleton Crew

  94. Oh. I see. People don’t want to see what can’t possibly exist.
    Terry Pratchett, Mort


    Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
    A.A. Milne

  95. “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” -Kurt Vonnegut

  96. You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.
    Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Illuminae Files #1

  97. “Speak the names…We die once when the last breath leaves our bodies. We die a second time when the last person speaks our name.” Lisa Wingate, The Book of Lost Friends

  98. “the Unseen University Library was a magical library, built on a very thin patch of space-time. There were books on distant shelves that hadn’t been written yet, books that never would be written. At least, not here” – Terry Pratchett “The Last Continent”

  99. “I was seven before I realized that you could eat breakfast with your pants on.”
    -Christopher Moore (Fool)

  100. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain

    “When I am king, they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.” – The Prince and the Pauper

    “Irreverence is the champion of liberty.” – Mark Twain

    “Life does not consist mainly–or even largely–of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one’s head.” – Mark Twain (Autobiography)

  101. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

    “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”-Dr. Seuss

  102. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – Holden Caulfield “Catcher in the Rye”

  103. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time” – Andre Gide

    “There are years that ask questions, and years that answer” – Zora Neale Hurston

    “I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it.” – Dave Grohl

    “Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable.” – Twyla Tharp

    “Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind” – Maria Popova

    “Instructions for living a life. Pay Attention. Be Astonished. Tell About It.” – Mary Oliver

    “I have no special talent. I am passionately curious” – Albert Einstein

  104. Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men. (Good Omens)

  105. “Stay gold, Ponyboy” – Susan Hinton

    (I don’t usually remember quotes, but that one has stayed with since I was a teen, and I think it would go well in the YA-section)

  106. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” maya Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings.

  107. “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
    ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

  108. “He spent his life immersed in books to the cost of everything else, even personal relationships. “Friends,” he’d once said, “are probably great, but I have forty thousands friends of my own already, and each of them needs my attention.”
    ― Jasper Fforde, The Woman Who Died a Lot

  109. I don’t know if anyone’s done this one yet, but I got this on a magnet at the New York Public Library, and it’s one of my favorites.

    “A book is a dream you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

  110. “Be assured that any hurt to your spirit will pass in time. It is the nature of Death to take, but the nature of Life to give.”
    ― Garth Nix, Lirael

  111. Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so. – Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

  112. Not about books or reading, but about taste…

    “Each one sees what he carries in his heart.” – Goethe

    “Nothing is so good that someone somewhere won’t hate it” – Pohl’s Law

  113. “Books are your friends. You wouldn’t write on your friends, would you?” — my mom
    Okay, I know it’s not a quote from anyone famous, but I still feel guilty writing in books!

  114. “I spent my life folded between the pages of books.” Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
    “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” Annie Dillard, The Living

  115. This one feels 100% like you Jenny
    “Books bend space and time. One reason the owners of those aforesaid little rambling, poky second-hand bookshops always seem slightly unearthly is that many of them really are, having strayed into this world after taking a wrong turning in their own bookshops in worlds where it is considered commendable business practice to wear carpet slippers all the time and open your shop only when you feel like it.” -Terry Pratchett “Guards Guards”

    “a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” – Terry Pratchett “Guards Guards”

  116. First Law: Books Are For Use.
    Second Law: Every Reader His/Her Book.
    Third Law: Every Book Its Reader.
    Fourth Law: Save The Time Of The Reader.
    Fifth Law: The Library Is A Growing Organism.

    Five Laws of Library Science, S.R. Ranganathan

  117. I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. — Anna Quindlan

  118. “Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.” – Good Omens

  119. I’ve got two from The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern:
    A boy at the beginning of a story has no way of knowing that the story has begun.
    “We are the stars,” he answers, as though it is the most obvious of facts afloat in a sea of metaphors and misdirections. “We are all stardust and stories.”

    I’ve got two from Jackaby by William Ritter:
    “I have ceased concerning myself with how things look to others,” I said. “As someone told me recently, others are generally wrong.”
    “I don’t want to wait at the doorstep any longer. I want to go dashing off after giants and pixies and dragons. I want to meet with mysterious strangers at crossroads and turn widdershins in the moonlight. I want to listen to the fish, Jackaby.”

  120. “Even the darkest night will end & the sun will rise,” Les Miserables

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul,” Cicero

  121. “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” – Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book.

  122. “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
    ― Roald Dahl, Matilda

  123. “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.” -Luna Lovegood
    Harry Potter, The Order of the Phoenix

  124. I ordered business cards that say “You are beautiful “. I leave them in random places, bookstores, magazine shops, makeup counters, tucked in socks in stores….

  125. Also this one:
    You really ought to read more books – you know, those things that look like blocks but come apart on one side.

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  126. A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~ Cicero

    I’ve always loved that quote. It’s how I decorate.

  127. “You’re nobody’s rainbow. You’re nobody’s princess. You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.” –Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

  128. “Lean back on your knife and let your tongue go free” – Robert Jordan

  129. “I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” – Augustin Burroughs, Magical Thinking

    “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

    “Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!” -10th Doctor, Doctor Who

    “Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there is. A certain flower, or a-a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences long forgotten. Books smell musty and-and-and rich. The knowledge gained from a computer is a… it, uh, it has no-no texture, no-no context. It’s-it’s there and then it’s gone. If it’s to last, then-then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible. It should be, um, smelly.” -Rupert Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  130. From Inkheart by Cordelia Funke (you may need to look it up to confirm wording as I am doing from memory): “Do you know why books are so heavy? Because they contain an entire world inside of them.” I use this all the time but I’m probably getting the exact wording wrong.

    Love the art!

  131. “There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not even remember that it exists.”
    — Derrick Jensen, A Language Older than Words

  132. “… she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.” -The Last Unicorn

  133. The very last line of The Wild Party, which is a novella-length poem by Joseph Moncure March: The door sprang open / And the cops rushed in.

  134. “It matters not what someone is born, it’s what they grow up to be.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

  135. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  136. “The cure for Boredom is Curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Dorothy Parker

  137. “He always looked his best when circumstances called for him to be a boy and a man at the same time.” – Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  138. “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.” —Neil Gaiman, Dream Country (The Sandman, #3)

    “ Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.” —Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

    “All stories are true,” Skarpi said. “But this one really happened, if that’s what you mean.” He took another slow drink, then smiled again, his bright eyes dancing. “More or less. You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. Too much truth confuses the facts. Too much honesty makes you sound insincere.” —Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

    “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” —Neil Gaiman, A Game of You (The Sandman, #5)

    “Remember your name. Do not lose hope–what you seek will be found. Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped to help you in their turn. Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.” —Neil Gaiman, Instructions

  139. “Error can point the way to truth, while empty-headedness can only lead to more empty-headedness or to a career in politics.” Master Li “Bridge if Birds” by Barry Hughart.

  140. “We are silent together, each in her own world, knowing the other is just at her back.” – Tracy Chevalier

    “Pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.” -Muriel Barbery

    “Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty.” -Muriel Barbery

    “For where can one find more noble distraction, more entertaining company, more delightful enchantment than in literature?” -Muriel Barbery

  141. Jenny, I don’t have an inspiring quote to leave (9 times out of 10 I am quoting movies and TV shows!), but wanted to mention that once it was safe to do so our local small bookstores and comic book stores (and other local businesses) started doing online orders with contactless pickup while they were closed, and have continued to do so now that some of them have opened since some restrictions have been loosened here in my lovely corner of BC Canada 🇨🇦. Some even worked with the local delivery companies to get things to those who are unable to get out safely.

    Take care of yourselves, your employees, your delivery companies, and your customers! We’ve got a long way to go, but by being calm, careful, courteous, and smart, we will get through this!❤

  142. “He always looked his best when circumstances called for him to be a boy and a man at the same time.” – Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  143. When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. Desiderius Erasmus, born 1466 or 1469.

  144. You could also put up some famous first lines, especially about dreaming, like “Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again”

  145. Not about books, but my favorite book quote is from John Green’s Looking for Alaska… “ext to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

  146. “Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.” -Flannery O’Connor

    “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

    “Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafron

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.” – George R. R. Martin

    “I was read to as a small child; I read on my own as soon as I could, and I recall being more or less overwhelmed again and again – if not by what the books actually said, by what they suggested, what they helped me to imagine.” Marilynne Robinson

  147. There’s more to life than books, you know, but not much more. – The Smithd

  148. “I am on a curiosity voyage, and I need my paddles to travel. These books… these books are my paddles.” -Dustin Henderson

  149. “It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.”
    — Paul Gallico

  150. You must feel that the characters are deep. And I don’t mean deep in the sense that they have a lot of deep thoughts. They must have thickness. Do they stand off the page? Then the writer puts them into a position where they can’t get out. You don’t get scared of monsters; you get scared for people.

    From Conversations on Terror with Stephen King

  151. A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    — Marcus Tullius Cicero

  152. Is this a kissing book? – The Princess Bride

    I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read. – George R.R. Martin

    Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you and the the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read – Neil Gaiman

    The cure for boredom is books. There is no cure for books – Unknown

    They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not half so bad as ignorance. Granny Weatherwax (Terry Pratchett)

    A book is a dream you hold in your hand – Neil Gaiman

    Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage – CS Lewis

    Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. – Mason Cooley

    Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy – Charlaine Harris

  153. So many wonderful possibilities, but I agree with #119 — gotta have some Maya Angelou in the bookshop!

  154. Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines — it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.” Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore

  155. As someone who also struggles with anxiety, there is one quote that stands out for me as it literally gets me through every day:

    “Don’t Panic”
    From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

    It’s not about books, but it is from a book! And I love the idea of someone moving a book and encountering that as a hidden quote somewhere (written iin large, friendly letters, naturally).

    Keep up amazing work! One day when international borders are open again I would love to find myself in this shop!!

  156. “There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.”
    ― Jim Butcher, White Night

  157. For your cards/stationery section, a quote by John Donne ” More than kisses, letters mingle souls, for thus, friends absent speak.”

  158. “People think that stories are shaped by people; in fact, it’s the other way around.” – Terry Pratchett

  159. “You are only as happy as your least happy child” – Annie Kilcannon in the Dogfather series books (written by Roxanne St. Claire)

  160. The Oompa Loompas sing about reading books during the Mike TV send off song.

    Oompa Loompa doompadee doo
    I’ve got another puzzle for you
    Oompa Loompa doompadah dee
    If you are wise you’ll listen to me

    What do you get from a glut of TV?
    A pain in the neck and an IQ of three
    Why don’t you try simply reading a book?
    Or could you just not bear to look?

    You’ll get no
    You’ll get no
    You’ll get no
    You’ll get no
    You’ll get no commercials

    Oompa Loompa Doompadee Dah
    If you’re not greedy you will go far
    You will live in happiness too
    Like the Oompa
    Oompa Loompa doompadee do

  161. “Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.” — John Cheever

    “There is hardly any grief that an hour’s reading will not dissipate.” — Montesquieu

    Both of these are drawn from an old poster from the Tattered Cover in Denver.

  162. That Neil quote is one of my favorites, but I also love this one: “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” from “Fables and Reflections.”

    While I’m VERY off of Anne Rice, I still think this is one of the most beautiful moments I’ve read and it still sticks with me. “For several long moments we remained locked together, and I think I covered her hair with small sacred kisses, her perfume crucifying me with memories.” from “Merrick”

    From George R. R. Martin: “We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”

    “Fries!” Jenks exclaimed, and Jax sneezed from the lamp hanging over the table. Pixy dust sifted down along with the mundane type. “Tink-knocks-your-knickers, I want fries too.” – Kim Harrison “A Fistful of Charms”

  163. “Anything is possible. Anything can be.”
    ― Shel Silverstein
    What do stars do? They shine.”
    ― Neil Gaiman, Stardust
    “A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.”
    ― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

  164. “I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.” – Dorothy Parker

  165. “There are four things that lead to wisdom. You ready for them?’
    She nodded, wondering when the police work would begin.
    “They are four sentences we learn to say, and mean.” Gamache held up his hand as a fist and raised a finger with each point. “I don’t know. I need help. I’m sorry. I was wrong’.”

    ― Louise Penny, Still Life

  166. I love this idea! Here’s my contribution:
    “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.”
    C.S. Lewis, “On the Reading of Old Books,”

  167. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

    From “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (my favorite book in the world).

  168. “The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are: 1) Silence; 2) Books must be returned no later than the last date shown; and 3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality.” – Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

  169. “When I was your age, television was called books.” – The Princess Bride (film)

  170. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

  171. “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes,” – Erasmus

    “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan

  172. Jenny, this isn’t a quote, but after seeing your mouse picture, you really have to check out the street artist David Zinn, who draws in chalk (yes, rain will destroy it) on various surfaces and objects and is SPECTACULAR if you want to experience, quite simply, a moment of delight. He is a self-described “weirdo,” which means he really needs to be mentioned on this website. Look him up next time you feel poorly.

  173. I don’t know what dust is, what is it, that fine gray powdery stuff? It’s not something you ever see anywhere else. I mean, it’s not crumbs of hairs or fluff, it’s not lint off your clothes or fur off animals, it’s not ash or iron filings or wood shavings. It’s dust and it’s made of nothing and comes from nowhere to cover everything.

    The Brimstone Wedding
    Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)

  174. Not about books but still,
    “And thought she be but little, she is fierce.” – William Shakespeare

  175. There’s one I always go back to in the dark and it feels like it would very much enjoy living at Nowhere:
    “Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased—thus do we refute entropy.” aka Callihan’s Law
    ~Spider Robinson, Callihan’s Crosstime Saloon

    And then there’s the just for fun:
    “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
    ~ Kurt Vonnegut

    And just generally inspiring
    “Limiting the freedom of news ‘just a little bit’ is in the same category with the classic example ‘a little bit pregnant.”
    “I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”
    ― Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

  176. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  177. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
    ― Paulo Coelho

  178. “Oh I love your magazine. My favorite section is ‘How To Increase Your Word Power’. That thing is really, really, really…good.” Homer Simpson

  179. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

    ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

  180. I have two, both from Tamora Pierce (an amazing author)
    “It’s not just children who need heroes”. Which I know isn’t technically about books, but it definitely reminds me of reading, and
    “Books are still the main yardstick by which I measure true wealth.”

  181. “Second star to the right and straight on till morning.” J.M. Barre

  182. “…a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much…” Tyrion Lannister in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Jojen Reed in A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

    “Child! do not throw this book about;

    Refrain from the unholy pleasure

    Of cutting all the pictures out!

    Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.” – Hilaire Belloc

    If I come up with some more I will post them later. I love that you’re thinking of doing this. What a great idea.

  183. “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
    Madeleine L’Engle

  184. “Language is play to most writers, thoughts are play.” – Stephen King, Danse Macabre

    “Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any other story springs.” – Clive Barker, Weaveworld

    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” – C.S. Lewis

    “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

  185. “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” Annie Dillard (The Living)

  186. I have too many to choose from, but here is one of my favorites….because I can’t wait to disappear into Nowhere!
    “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” ― Terry Pratchett

  187. It’s not about books, but words: “What I ask for is an amnesty for bad words…” it’s from Roberto Fontanarrosa, he was a cartoonist and writer with the most amazing sense of humor and the kindest heart.

  188. “A fondness for reading, which, properly directed, must be an education in itself.” -Jane Austen

    “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Live of books is the best of all.” -Jacqueline Kennedy

    Also, that poor mouse may be in for quite a shock at the end of that book. Just sayin’. Though perhaps she, like many of us, need the dark in our tales as much as we need the light.

  189. You really can’t go wrong looking to Terry Pratchett for quotes on reading and books.

    “The relevant equation is: Knowledge = power = energy = matter = mass; a good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

    “In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She’d much prefer to read a good book.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

    “Yes! I’m me! I am careful and logical and I look up things I don’t understand! When I hear people use the wrong words, I get edgy! I am good with cheese. I read books fast! I think! And I always have a piece of string! That’s the kind of person I am!”
    ― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

    “I read anything that’s going to be interesting. But you don’t know what it is until you’ve read it. Somewhere in a book on the history of false teeth there’ll be the making of a novel.”
    ― Terry Pratchett

    “And I went on reading; and, since if you read enough books you overflow, I eventually became a writer.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction

    “The Library didn’t only contain magical books, the ones which are chained to their shelves and are very dangerous. It also contained perfectly ordinary books, printed on commonplace paper in mundane ink. It would be a mistake to think that they weren’t also dangerous, just because reading them didn’t make fireworks go off in the sky. Reading them sometimes did the more dangerous trick of making fireworks go off in the privacy of the reader’s brain.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

    “She’d read the dictionary all the way through. No one told her you weren’t supposed to.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

  190. “Everywhere I have looked for peace, and never found it except in a corner with a book.” — Thomas a Kempis.

  191. This might not be suitable for the children’s section. From Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals: “All her clothes might fall off. I am sorry about this, but it appears to be a by-product of the whole business of poetry.”

  192. It’s probably too “dark”, but… “Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.“ My main man, Terry Pratchett! 😄

  193. “There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

  194. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live” -Joan Didion, The White Album

  195. OF COURSE you need “We’re all mad here” -Lewis Carroll. I’ve also always really liked “…it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” (Also Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

  196. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran

  197. “Perhaps – I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears.” Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

  198. She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. — Louisa May Alcott

    Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. — Robertson Davies

    But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them. — Ursula K. Me Guin

  199. I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes

    — Maxine Hong Kingston
    The Woman Warrior

  200. Both from one of my most favorite books of all time:

    “There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.” –The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield

    “Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes–characters even–caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.” –The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield

  201. “Clarice Starling always looked her age and always made that age look good.” -Thomas Harris, giving us words to live by

  202. “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!” – John Waters
    (perhaps not in the children’s section, or where they might stumble upon it)

  203. I need to know where you got your reading mouse decal !!! Please share !

  204. “Travel far, pay no fare, a book can take you anywhere.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh from the book Travel Far Pay No Fare

  205. Every year I read THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX to my second graders, and every year I find hope and joy in its pages. Here are a couple quotes from it:

    “Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning…Make some light.”

    “Once upon a time,” he said out loud to the darkness. He said these words because they were the best, the most powerful words that he knew and just the saying of them comforted him.”

  206. To be so lovely and so lost. To be all answerful with all that knowing trapped inside. To be beautiful and broken” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things
    I even have a a tattoo of “To be beautiful and broken” I love it so much

  207. Seeing Someone Reading A Book You Love Is Seeing A Book Recommend a Person. (i could not find who said it)

  208. A few from P.G. Wodehouse:

    “I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.”

    “There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.”

    “Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoy’s Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city’s reservoir, he turns to the cupboards, only to find the vodka bottle empty.”
    ― P.G. Wodehouse , The Best of Wodehouse: An Anthology

    “I’m not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.”
    ― P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest

  209. I know this is a LOT of quote, but it is one of my most favorite ever that’s not from Charles de Lint.. this is Terry Pratchett’s, from Small Gods. It’s how he starts the book.

    Now consider the tortoise and the eagle.

    The tortoise is a ground-living creature. It is impossible to live nearer the ground without being under it. Its horizons are a few inches away. It has about as good a turn of speed as you need to hunt down a lettuce. It has survived while the rest of evolution flowed past it by being, on the whole, no threat to anyone and too much trouble to eat.

    And then there is the eagle. A creature of the air and high places, whose horizons go all the way to the edge of the world. Eyesight keen enough to spot the rustle of some small and squeaky creature half a mile away. All power, all control. Lightning death on wings. Talons and claws enough to make a meal of anything smaller than it is and at least take a hurried snack out of anything bigger.

    And yet the eagle will sit for hours on the crag and survey the kingdoms of the world until it spots a distant movement and then it will focus, focus, focus on the small shell wobbling among the bushes down there on the desert. And it will leap . . .

    And a minute later the tortoise finds the world dropping away from it. And it sees the world for the first time, no longer one inch from the ground but five hundred feet above it, and it thinks: what a great friend I have in the eagle.

    And then the eagle lets go.

    And almost always the tortoise plunges to its death. Everyone knows why the tortoise does this. Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. No one knows why the eagle does this. There’s good eating on a tortoise but, considering the effort involved, there’s much better eating on practically anything else. It’s simply the delight of eagles to torment tortoises.

    But of course, what the eagle does not realize is that it is participating in a very crude form of natural selection.

    One day a tortoise will learn how to fly.

  210. Hi Jenny – Love this idea! What great quotes! Mine has always been Robert Frost’s…”Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

  211. Of course, I’d quote not from a book, but the 10th Doctor’s talking about books from “Tooth and Claw”:

    “You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”

  212. I am a lover of quotes, so I absolutely ADORE this idea! The ones I have on books have already been mentioned, but here’s one I have on writing: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anais Nin

  213. “As for you and your heart, she will remember them when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.” – The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

  214. I named our book club after this quote from Mark Twain:
    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience – this is the ideal life”

    It drives my fellow members crazy because it is kinda long for a name, and kinda hard to remember.

  215. “Overall, the library held a hushed exultation, as though the cherished volumes were all singing soundlessly within their covers.”
    ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

    “Life among academics had taught me that a well-expressed opinion is usually better than a badly expressed fact, so far as professional advancement goes.”
    ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

  216. “You can’t just accidentally penis somebody.”
    ― Christopher Moore, Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art

  217. Frank, in common with all men he knew, felt that a wife should be guided by her husband’s superior knowledge, should accept his opinion in full and have none of her own. He would have given most women their own way. Women were such funny creatures, and it never hurt to humor their small whims. He would have enjoyed gratifying the foolish notions of some soft little person and scolding her lovingly for her stupidity and extravagance. –Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

  218. “Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” – PJ O’Rourke

  219. “People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

  220. “Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

    – Douglas Adams, from Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987)

  221. Well-behaved women seldom make history.

    – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

  222. “Each time you open a book and read it, a tree smiles knowing there’s life after death.”

  223. “When the day shall come that we do part, if my last words are not ‘I love you’ — ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” –Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross

  224. “My experience of life is that it is not divided into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky. ”
    – Alan Moore

  225. Anna Quindlen:
    “Books are the plane; and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.”
    “Reading is another thing that has made me more human by exposing me to worlds I might never have entered and people I might never meet.”

  226. Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.

    – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  227. “We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be.” ― Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

    “It’s about finding your own twisted perfection, letting yourself fall too far and taking a chance. If you’ve done all that. You have no reason to give up. Not now.” ― Abbi Glines, Because of Lila

  228. There are so many great quotes above! I’ve got two that are my favorite and have plans to have them as tattoos:

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

    A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

  229. “Life is beautiful and life is stupid. This is, in fact, widely regarded as a universal rule not less inviolable than the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Uncertainty Principle, and No Post on Sundays.”
    ― Catherynne M. Valente, Space Opera

    “A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.”
    ― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

    “Readers will always insist on adventures, and though you can have grief without adventures, you cannot have adventures without grief.”
    ― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

  230. You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince

    I really don’t like the book but the quote always sticks with me.

  231. “Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend.
    Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
    – Groucho Marx

  232. “‘ What is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?'” — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

  233. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
    – C.S. Lewis

  234. “May blessings be upon the head of Cadmus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that invented books”
    Thomas Carlyle

  235. “Real isn’t how you are made,it’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” –as said by the Skin Horse in the Velveteen Rabbit, and understood by any one who loved a stuffed animal beyond words at some point in their lives.

  236. “It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.”
    – Donna Tartt, The Secret History

  237. not about books per se, but one of my favorites: “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” – Murakami (Kafka on the Shore)

  238. “Give him a book and he will read all day.” Jane Austen
    I’m sure I would do curbside pick up forever if it were offered. But I would love to see all around your lovely Nowhere Book shop!

  239. Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one – Terry Pratchett

  240. “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” – Joyce Carol Oates

    “I could spend the rest of my life
    Just satisfying my
    – because you can hardly mention anything I’m not curious about.” – Malcolm X

    “We read to know we’re not alone.” – William Nicholson

    “A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket” -Chinese Proverb

    “I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting that yours will ever be.” – Elizabeth Scott

    “What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan

    I collected these to decorate my classroom– I’m an English teacher 😀

  241. “Stories, my father used to say, would always change the course of our lives, the greatest ones being retold over and over again not to simply convey morals or life lessons, but to bring people together.” – Tanaz Bhathena

    “Language is, in other words, not necessary, but voluntary. If it were necessary, it would have stayed simple; it would not agitate our hearts with ever-present loveliness and ever-cresting ambiguity; it would not dream, on its long white bones, of turning into song.” – Mary Oliver

    “First, because what is written is what is true. Words and their meanings have weight in the world of matter, shaping and reshaping realities through a most ancient alchemy. Even my own writings—so damnably powerless—may have just enough power to reach the right person and to tell the right truth, and change the nature of things.” – Alix E. Harrow

    “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike.” – Maya Angelou

  242. Jane Austen-“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

    Also Jane Austen–“if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

  243. Not about a book but still love it.

    Nietzsche: One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

  244. “The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    – Kurt Vonnegut

  245. I have two book-quote tattoos, so I’m gonna share those.

    “The world is quiet here” – Lemony Snicket, Series of Unfortunate Events

    “Breathe the way a jellyfish moves” – Kristin Cashore, Jane Unlimited

    It’s fun recommending those books to folks at work, and going “Yeah, you can tell I really like that one!”, or alternately, recommending the book when they notice the tattoo and comment on it.

  246. This quote is how I feel about a good book. “The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit.

  247. ” the human race is not an endangered species but not for lack of trying.” ~Douglas Adams , Last Chance to See

  248. “She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women 

    “Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always good company if you have the right sort.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

    “Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again. ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

    “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life  

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons  

    “I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”― George R.R. Martin 

    “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
    — Annie Dillard (The Living)

    “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard 

    “Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.”― Markus Zusak  

    “We read to know we’re not alone.”― C.S. Lewis  

    “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”― Garrison Keillor  

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”― Jorge Luis Borges  

    “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”― Walt Disney 

    “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”― Maya Angelou 

  249. If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em.

    It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.

    both by John Waters (I know, language is salty, but he does have a point).

  250. “The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.” -Terry Pratchett
    “He asked me if I had an adventurous spirit, and I quickly said yes, so much so that my only regret about being in the Army was that it prevented me from signing on to sail on a Norwegian whaler.
    If, at this point, he had said: “Oh, do you speak Norwegian, then?” he would have had me over a barrell.” -George MacDonald Fraser

  251. “What matters isn’t whether or not you’re frightened, but how you behave.”
    Raymond E. Feist, Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #2)

  252. You call yourself a free spirit, a ‘wild thing,’ and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”–Truman Capote

  253. “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”- Patrick Rothfuss

  254. Each time you open a book and read it, a tree smiles knowing there is life after death.

  255. Oh, like the Terry Pratchett quote, this one is also about truth, but I think that’s a super important aspect of fiction and the insight we get from reading in the first place. This is from The Things They Carried, a book about the Vietnam War.
    “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth.”

  256. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, The man who never reads lives only one.” this quote by george rr martin

  257. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”– JHUMPA LAHIRI

    “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”– ANNA QUINDLEN

    “Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.”– TONI MORRISON

  258. “Good books are a hindrance to persisting in stupidity.” – Spanish Proverb

  259. I didn’t know what to expect, so I decided to do what journalists call reporting, academics call research, and normal people call reading.
    Eric Weiner

  260. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

    It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

    – Ray Bradbury

    I’d kinda like that to be (eventually) engraved on my headstone, but I expect it’s be too small to read. 😃

  261. This is my email signature:

    “There will be moments when you have to be a grown-up. Those moments are tricks. Do not fall for them.” ~Jenny Lawson

  262. “Just because you can explain it doesn’t mean it’s not still a miracle.” Terry Pratchett

  263. Optimist: person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness. ~ Mark Twain

    You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.~ Mark Twain

    If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all. ~ Audrey Hepburn

    Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them you find more than you ever dreamed you’d see. ~ Lemony Snicket

    Expectation is the place you must always go to before you get to where you’re going. ~ Norton Juster (the Phantom Tollbooth)

    Exit, pursued by a bear. ~ Shakespeare (The Winter’s Tale)

  264. “no man’s faculties could be developed, no man’s moral principle be enlarged and liberal, without an extensive acquaintance with books”
    Shelley, The Last Man

  265. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.

    Groucho Marx

  266. When a man writes a drama or a book or preaches a sermon or employs any other method of art, what he really does is to take the events of life out of the accidental, irrelevant, chaotic way in which they happen, and to rearrange them in such a way as to reveal their essential and spiritual relations to one another.
    George Bernard Shaw

  267. I love the “Is this a kissing book?” suggestion. 😀 The mouse decal is also adorable!

    Imagine a world where we listen to everyone’s stories and learn we are not as different as we are the same.
    – Brian Andreas (storypeople.com)

  268. Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.

    It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.

    The dark places will always be present, but don’t let that keep you from looking for the light.” tolkin

    “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

    “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

    “It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

    “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” harry potter

  269. The “dragons can be beaten” quote is sometimes attributed to Chesterton (in fact, in Coraline itself), but it looks like Chesterton probably only said something similar:

    Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.

    (Chesterton, essay “The Red Angel” which appears in the compilation book Tremendous Trifles, which can be read on Project Gutenberg for free, btw.)

    Anyway. I love good book quotes (and can’t think of any at the moment); I love citations; I love bookstores. 🙂

  270. I’d been reading modern French novels and William Faulkner as well. I knew what love was supposed to be: obsession, with undertones of nausea.
    Margaret Atwood. Cat’s Eye.

  271. One of my favorite quotes from a book is, “Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor: its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.” It’s from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

  272. “A reader lives many lives. The person who doesn’t read lives but one.”
    From The Southern Book club’s guide to slaying vampires.

  273. We’re all stories in the end. Let’s make it a good one.
    The 11th Doctor

  274. “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” –Groucho Marx

    PS – You’re a beautiful human, Jenny, and I appreciate you muchly.

  275. Quotes for days! You’ll not have room in your store! But, I’m giving one anyway. 🙂

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” –Cicero

  276. “Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

    – Douglas Adams

  277. ” I live in two worlds. One is a world of books. I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatowpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina, and strolled down Swann’s Way.” -RORY GILMORE

  278. That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. -Jhumpa Lahiri

    Sleep is good, he said. And books are better. – George R. R. Martin

  279. “If you meet a woman of whatever complexion who sails her life with strength and grace and assurance, talk to her! And what you will find is that there has been a suffering, that at some time she has left herself for hanging dead.”

    ― Sena Jeter Naslund, Ahab’s Wife, or The Star-Gazer

  280. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. My favorite book. It had me from this first line.

  281. “What do you read my lord? Words, words, words …” Shakespeare’s Hamlet

  282. Groucho Marx has been quoted a few times. It is one of my very favorites!

  283. Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you – Shadow of the Wind. Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  284. “Happiness is to joy as an electric light bulb is to the sun. Happiness always has an object, you’re happy because of something, it’s a condition whose existence depends on external things. Joy, on the other hand, has no object. It seizes you for no apparent reason, it’s like the sun, its burning is fueled by its own heart.”

    “Entering into someone else’s mind is always a matter of extreme delicacy,”

    “And later on when so many roads open up before you, you don’t know which to take, don’t pick one at random; sit down and wait. Breathe deeply, trustingly, the way you breathed on the day when you came into the world, don’t let anything distract you, wait and wait some more. Stay still, be quiet, and listen to your heart. Then when it speaks, get up and go where it takes you.”

    All from “Follow Your Heart” by Susanna Tamaro

  285. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
    ― William Goldman, The Princess Bride

    I also once saw a t-shirt that said something like: They say you can’t die until you’ve read all the books you own. In that case, I’m going to live forever.

  286. Outside of a book, a dog is a man’s best friend.
    Place this quote next to a stuffed dog, and leave the other party of Mark Twain’s quote unsaid… ‘inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read’.

  287. These aren’t famous, or even necessarily about of from a book, but they are just some of my favorite sayings.

    Every book is like the T.A.R.D.I.S., innocuous on the outside, bigger on the inside, and able to transport you in time and space.

    Don’t be afraid to be open minded, your brain is not going to fall out.

    If you must choose between town evils, pick the one you haven’t tried before.

    Actually, I can!

  288. “A reader lives a thousand lives.” George R R Martin – The full quote is “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

  289. For the travel section I’ve always loved the quote:
    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

    Saint Augustine

  290. “We are thus the books we have read. Or we are, otherwise, the void that the absence of books has opened in our lives.”
    -Tomás Eloy Martínez

  291. Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. (The White Queen) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

  292. “That’s the trouble with survival of the fittest, isn’t it, Dominick? The corpse at your feet. That little inconvenience.” ― Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True.

  293. “That’s the trouble with survival of the fittest, isn’t it, Dominick? The corpse at your feet. That little inconvenience.” ― Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True.

  294. Here’s one of my favs (and the truth!):

    You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! Books are the best weapon in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!
    The Doctor

  295. “”To the worm who first gnawed on the cold flesh of my corpse, I dedicate with fond remembrance these Posthumous Memoirs”
    The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (English Edition) – Machado de Assis

  296. “It’s not too late to seek a newer world,” – Martha Grimes, The Knowledge

  297. “”To the worm who first gnawed on the cold flesh of my corpse, I dedicate with fond remembrance these Posthumous Memoirs”
    The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (English Edition) – Machado de Assis

  298. there is something about the harsh, cruel world we live in that’s very rough on miracles. – The New Ellery Queen

    Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews
    “That’s what I like about you,” Michael remarked. “Your finely honed sense of deviousness.”

    Do I dare disturb the universe?’ – TS Eliot

    “Not all of them will lack discretion, but we’re still in the South. He who shows up at the holiday party or family gathering with the best story wins.”- Ellery Adams, Killer Characters

  299. “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  300. Ooooh, this is so fun! I read through everybody’s contributions. Amazing how many submitted Groucho Marx!

    Here are mine:

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
    – Ernest Hemingway

    My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity.
    – George Bernard Shaw

    In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.
    – Paul Dirac

    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up
    people together to collect wood and don’t assign
    them tasks and work, but rather teach them to
    long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
    – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top.
    An English Professor, Ohio University

    I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    “Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”
    – Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle (1969), chapter 1

    “Whenever I see an old woman slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me? That wouldn’t seem quite so funny.”
    -Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts

    “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”

    “Schizophrenia beats being alone.”

    “Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down.”
    -Russell Baker

    “Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.”

    “The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they are going to be when you kill them.”
    -William Clayton

    “When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
    -Buckminster Fuller

    The happiest people are the ones with the most community.
    – Barbara Kingsolver

    Jenny, thank you for letting us contribute!! <3

  301.  “I love a book that makes me cry.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind dont matter and those who matter dont mind.” Dr. Seuss

  302. “Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

  303. “no strategy ever survived contact with the enemy. Or, in the vernacular, Things Will Go Wrong. Be Prepared.“ The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

    “I could understand if you said, ‘That’s like comparing apples and uranium,’ or ‘That’s like comparing apples with baby wolverines,’ or ‘That’s like comparing apples with the early work of Raymond Carver,’ or ‘That’s like comparing apples with hermaphroditic ground sloths.’ Those would all be valid examples of profound disparity. But not apples and oranges. In every meaningful way, they’re virtually identical.” Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

    Rarest Blue by Baruch Sterman:
    •”Written laws are like spiders’ webs and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.”36 The Scythian philosopher Anacharsis spoke these words 2,500 years ago”

    •”But how do you induce snails to shed their inhibitions and overcome their native modesty? Snails, it turns out, aren’t that different from humans; plying them with drugs and alcohol seems to do the trick.”

    Oscar Wilde – “In this world, there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”

    A Motive for Murder, Morgana Best
    “I’m only a cat, and I stay in my place… Up there on your chair, on your bed or your face! I’m only a cat, and I don’t finick much… I’m happy with cream and anchovies and such! I’m only a cat, and we’ll get along fine… As long as you know I’m not yours… you’re all mine! (Author Unknown)”

  304. The things that make me different are the things that make me,me: you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Winnie the Pooh/AA Milne

  305. Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. – Charles de Lint

  306. Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. – Charles de Lint

  307. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit by Corey Olsen, talking about Tolkien
    “He insists on the educational value of good stories dealing with serious issues, with good and evil, recognizing that there are horrible and frightening things in the world. “Children are meant to grow up,” he explains, “and not to become Peter Pans.“.

    “What god would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15:37 flight to Oslo?” –
    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

    This one will sound familiar, but DNA wrote it before it shows up in Doctor Who
    “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.“
    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

    Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night James Runcie
    “Others have developed their reserve into a form of refined deceit. It’s why people find the British so intriguing, Geordie. The line between the gentleman and the assassin can be so very thin.”

    Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
    “Undergraduates, especially those in their first year, are not, of course, quite sane or quite adult. It is sometimes considered that they are not quite human.”

  308. “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe
    *I think my favourite quote of all time

  309. Oh, also, the little mouse sticker should be at floor level, like a real mouse hole. Kids will ove finding it!

  310. Not a quote but an idea for the No contact Kerbside Delivery, from my husband no less. You would need an opening to the outside and a long handled pizza paddle which you would place the book/s onto and simply post them through the opening when your customer arrives. Voila!

  311. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

  312. “It was a dark and stormy night.” Madeline L’Engle (and many others)

  313. “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  314. Things fall apart; the Centre cannot hold – W. B. Yeats (from the poem The Second Coming) used in many books for me most notably by Stephen King in The Stand

  315. The Seven Secrets of How to Think Like a Rocket Scientist, James Longuski
    •You may be searching for a needle in a haystack, but you first must build the haystack

    Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, Christopher Moore
    •Out came an extraordinarily complex network of plastic, brass, and stainless-steel tubing, which in seconds Kona had assembled into what Quinn thought was either a very small and elegant linear particle accelerator or, more likely, the most complex bong ever constructed.

    Mercury Falls, Robert Korea’s
    • “I’m not sure it means anything,” said Christine. “To quote one of the minor prophets: ‘You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice; if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.'” “That’s quite profound,” Michelle said. “Is that Habakkuk?” “Rush,” said Christine. “Of course,” said Michelle. “I remember when Lucifer lost that bet to Neil Peart.”

    What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, David DiSalvo
    •” The latest consensus is that most of us are mentally elsewhere between 30 and 50 percent of our waking hours.”

  316. Ever realised how fucking surreal reading a book actually is? You stare at marked slices of tree for hours on end, hallucinating vividly`
    ~ @KatieOldham, Twitter

  317. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)

  318. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero (A favorite quote of mine, as a fan of books and gardens.)

    Although, when I looked it up, the actual translation is: “If you have a garden in your library, everything will be complete.” I think it would be awesome if your bookstore could have a garden, even a tiny one in a pot. You’d love my friend’s invention, the “cemeterrarium.”

  319. I do not have the authors but I had come across these quotes that fit me to a tee and other readers in my family

    At times I think to myself ” Drop the book and get stuff done!” Then, I laugh and turn the page.

    “One More Chapter…” I whispered, two hours ago

  320. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eyes.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, _The Little Prince_

  321. Not a quote, but an idea: In KCMO we have a used bookstore in a historic section of town (Prospero’s) in a very old brick building and there are places all over the basement shelves and walls where people write their own graffiti. It’s really quite charming. Might not work in a new place, but maybe there’s a corner or a restroom, or some place like that?

  322. My absolute favorite quote, to the point where I had a friend translate it into math and then had it tattooed on me, isn’t about books but I think it’s very much about us and you and the vibe for the shop and this blog… “Shared pain is lessened, shared joy increased, thus do we refute entropy.” – Spider Robinson, variations of this appear in a number of his Callahan books

    “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis

    “If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” – Jane Austen

    “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” – Beverly Cleary

    “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

    “Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” – E.B. White

    “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” – Terry Pratchett

  323. One I come back to over and over again:

    What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  324. Only the children know what they are looking for.
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  325. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
    -Groucho Marx

  326. The course of true love never did run smooth.


    If we shadows have offended,
    Think but this and all is mended…
    Give me your hands, if we be friends,
    And Robin shall restore amends.
    (Shakespeare, *Midsummer Night’s Dream*)

    “They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted across the lawn. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”


    In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, *The Great Gatsby*)

  327. A little bit of nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
    (Roald Dahl)

    It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom.
    (Nathaniel Hawthorne, *The Scarlet Letter*)

    If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life.
    (Oscar Wilde)

    Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
    (Bill Fassett, *My Nepenthe*)

  328. I have always had more dread of a pen, a bottle of ink, and a sheet of paper than of a sword or pistol.
    (Alexandre Dumas, *Count of Monte Cristo*)

    Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.


    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!


    There is no book so bad…that it does not have something good in it.
    (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, *Don Quixote*)

  329. It’s long, but one of my favorites has always been:

    “A silent Library is a sad Library. A Library without patrons on whom to pile books and tales and knowing and magazines full of up-to-the-minute politickal fashions and atlases and plays in pentameter! A Library should be full of exclamations! Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens are uncovered or the wild adventures of devil-knows-who sent romping out of the pages. A Library should be full of now-just-a-minutes and that-can’t-be-rights and scientifick folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong. It should positively vibrate with laughing at comedies and sobbing at tragedies, it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies! A Library should not shush; it should roar!”

    – Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

  330. Because to him who ponders well
    My rhymes more than their rhyming tell
    Of the dim wisdoms old and deep,
    That God gives unto man in sleep.

    Sorry for so many… the dead authors in my head were complaining that they weren’t represented enough in this list! 🙂

  331. “It’s not where you go but who you meet along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll find someone hard to say good-bye to at the end of the journey.” – Banished

  332. “But that’s the thing about adventures – you’re invited to take a chance without knowing the outcome, and all that matters is that you say yes.” – Tom Ryan, Following Atticus

    “If we dwell in literature we can have as many lives as we want. Some of them are damned. Some are not. And what we finally encounter, in the end, is ourselves.” – Colum McCann, Forward/Intro to The Dubliners by James Joyce

    “All of us are what we have to be and everyone lives the kind of life it’s in him to live.” Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  333. “The whole business with the cheese and the squeaking is just a front.” Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  334. From the Neverending Story by Michael Ende:

    If you have never spent afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger–

    If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early–

    If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless–

    If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.

  335. Might I recommend filtering all of these suggestions by putting a spotlight on authors often given in the dark? Women sci-fi writers, LGTBQ+ writers, BIPOC etc…

  336. … it is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one’s life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.
    Jane Austen

  337. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” – Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time