Favorite Literary Quotes on Books, Libraries, Literature, Stories, Writing, Reading & Thinking


"Once upon a time in the dead of winter in the Dakota territory, Theodore Roosevelt took off in a makeshift boat down the Little Missouri River in pursuit of a couple of thieves who had stolen his prized rowboat. After several days on the river, he caught up and got the draw on them with his trusty Winchester, at which point they surrendered. Then Roosevelt set off in a borrowed wagon to haul the thieves cross-country to justice. They headed across the snow-covered wastes of the Badlands to the railhead at Dickinson, and Roosevelt walked the whole way, the entire 40 miles. It was an astonishing feat, what might be called a defining moment in Roosevelt's eventful life. But what makes it especially memorable is that during that time, he managed to read all of Anna Karenina. I often think of that when I hear people say that they haven't time to read."

David McCullough


"Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public."

Winston Churchill


"Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm with the domesticated volumes of the library lack."

Virginia Wolfe Author

"Fairy tales are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."

G. K. Chesterton / Neil Gaiman Authors

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