It wasn't even that the book was so good or anything; it was just that the author Per Emiko Hastings, imaginary books — those which exist only within other books — date back to at least the s. The tradition of imaginary books, which exist only within other books, goes back at least to Rabelais, who invented a list of book titles for the Abbey of Saint-Victor in Gargantua and Pantagruel c. These worshipful tomes of mine Blind-tooled and morocco-jointed, They have Bedford's daintiest dress, They are graceful, attenuate, polished, But they gather the dust, no less Crothers He fed his spirit with the bread of books.
Whitney, "Reminiscences of an Old Librarian," November Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book.
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After saying his best, still something better remains to be spoken in their praise. Bronson Alcott, "Books," June Judith stood before her little library in the dark November dawn, with a candle in her hand, scanning the familiar titles with weary eyes She would try a book; not a very hopeful remedy in her own opinion, but one which [those] who were troubled by sleeplessness, regarded, she knew, as the best thing under the circumstances. A Sketch , Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death hath no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever.
Swartz He led, at this season, the most home-keeping, book-buying life, and Old French texts made his evenings dear to him. For I have walked with them in mortal guise Through woodland ways and swarming city streets; Yea, have I met the gaze of Shelley's eyes, And in 'Hyperion' kissed the lips of Keats. Reading as a means to an end, for information, to cultivate oneself; reading as an end in itself, a process, a compulsion.
Eagan I do not wish to be misunderstood or to do any wrong to the bookworm, a class to whom I feel most kindly. They generally spend their years and money in the endeavor to climb as high as possible on the ladder of mental perfection, and they out not to be ridiculed, as they often are. When you were younger did you enjoy school? Rowlandson's had stairs worn by the footfalls of four generations of book-hunters. Against the background of his overflowing shelves, with his old-fashioned clothes, his stooping shoulders, his iron-gray hair, and his firm, tender, and melancholy face,—you will never visit his shop without wishing to frame him as he stands, and set him in the window, among the other rare old prints.
Not that all the books in his shop are old; the moderns are there, too. But these newer books are the minority. The composed, brown calf bindings give the shop its tone,—and its faint odor, too; a cultivated taste, the liking for that odor of old books. But it's so clever in and of itself I had to quote it.
Also a reminder to myself to go back later and actually read the thing, which is about a controversy during that time arguing whether ancient or modern learning was better. My neighbors think me often alone , — and yet at such times I am in company with more than five hundred mutes — each of whom, at my pleasure, communicates his ideas to me by dumb signs — quite as intelligently as any person living can do by uttering of words.
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Richer than I you can never be - I had a mother who read to me. Chains, independents, big, small. Once you walk into a bookstore, time stands still. She read pretty stories of little boys and girls, and affectionate mammas and aunts, and kind old nurses, and birds in the fields and woods, and flowers in the gardens and hedges; and then such beautiful fairy tales; and also pretty stories in verse, all of which gave me great pleasure, and were indeed my earliest education. Draughts cannot kill it.
Does its nerve tingle when you touch it? Does it still answer you back life for life? Here is a book Is it a corpse? It still has red in its cheeks.
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Its handclasp is warm You do not need to set back the clock to get contemporary with it It takes me back and forward with equal ease. Time has nothing to do with [it]. It has bettered all the challenges of time. It has neither age nor youth. These may perhaps more appropriately be called biblio-spongers Harper, Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs , Borrowers of books — those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
He had not yet grown tired of its pages, nor had they lost their magic. They wore a halo, as they must do for natures like Antony's, which is a grail in itself. Is it not true that the realism of yesterday becomes the idealism of today? Britton — , "A Bookworm," A Sheaf of Ballads , Old books smell of dust and the literary smoke of history, of writer soul and the ink of eternity.
The preface is their Sunday. But a book is never just a book. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages. Some sources cite Mrs Trollope's year of birth as Haines To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
Somerset Maugham No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and happiest of the children of men. Why would anyone give up the pleasure of letting the writer set the pace? Of using one's ears to adjust to a new voice? This sort of reading does away with the writer, and is probably best used on textbooks which eliminate the write from the start.
If you must read everything at the same speed, why not choose to read slowly? What a heritage of stored wealth! What perishing poverty of mind we should be left in without it! Larned Books are a uniquely portable magic. And so, with none to close his eyes, And none to mourn him dead, He in his dumb book-Babel lies With grey dust garmented.
It is but just Write his Hic Jacet in the Dust. A Bibliographical Romance , Which shines brighter — the candle or the book? From time to time—I can't say what dictates the impulse—I pull a chair up in front of a section of my library. An expectant tranquility settles over me. I move my eyes slowly, reading the spines, or identifying the title by its color and positioning. Just to see my books, to note their presence, their proximity to other books, fills me with a sense of futurity. I have not read every one, nor is it likely that I will—but to know that I might!
We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. When we inquire into any subject, the first thing we have to do is to know what books have treated of it. This leads us to look at catalogues, and the backs of books in libraries. I'm on the road to the bookstore. There is as much difference between the inclinations and taste of a bibliophile and a bibliomaniac as between a slight cold and the advanced stages of consumption.
Some one has said that "to call a bibliophile a bibliomaniac is to conduct a lover, languishing for his maiden's smile, to an asylum for the demented, and to shut him up in the ward for the incurables. It is, however, a harmless insanity. Harper, Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs , What wild desires, what restless torments seize The hapless man, who feels the book-disease Books are well written, or badly written.
You would much rather sit down with a good story. But have you ever thought what a story is? It is nothing but a bit of make-believe biography. American — Men of Action , "Chapter I: A Talk about Biography," Encourage and pursue an inclination to reading early in life; it is laying up a treasure for the latter part of it The library was my vacation.
Brant, "The Bibliophile," c. He is a solitary, though he dwell amid a vast population. On the other hand, he to whom books are as friends possesses a Key to the Garden of Delights, where the purest pleasures are open for his entertainment, and where he has for his companions the master minds of all the ages. Prose and Poetical My imagination doesn't require anything more of the book than to provide a framework within which it can wander. Harper, Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs , Why, then, am I so uneasy about the page-to-screen transfer—a skeptic if not a downright resister?
Perhaps it is because I see in the turning of literal pages—pages bound in literal books—a compelling larger value, and perceive in the move away from the book a move away from a certain kind of cultural understanding, one that I'm not confident that we are replacing, never mind improving upon. I'm not blind to the unwieldiness of the book, or to the cumbersome systems we must maintain to accommodate it—the vast libraries and complicated filing systems. But these structures evolved over centuries in ways that map our collective endeavor to understand and express our world.
The book is part of a system. And that system stands for the labor and taxonomy of human understanding, and to touch a book is to touch that system, however lightly. The electronic book, on the other hand, represents—and furthers—a circuitry of instant access We may gain an extraordinary dots-per-square-inch level of access to detail, but in the process we will lose much of our sense of the woven narrative consistency of the story.
That is the trade-off. It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West. Forster Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose.
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I am the happy victim of books. A message to us from the dead, — from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh. Thirty-Seven Years of Boxing on Paper , p. These evil white scabs rip off with difficulty, leaving leprous wounds and traces of slime to which adhere the dust and fluff of ages, making me wish for a special gummy hell to which the inventor of these stickers would be condemned.
I read past my bedtime. This has been accomplished without abbreviating the book in any way. It is absolutely complete and unabridged. Not a word, not a paragraph, not a comma has been omitted. The title of a book fills the place of the face in a human being. Naturally they contained words I had to look up.
Later in life I became quite addicted to the Oxford English Dictionary.
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A Love Story , Books that get burned are written by authors whose souls are on fire with passion or knowledge. But yet is not any bookstore large to one's heart? Let me have a good supply of books. I am unpacking my library The books are not yet on the shelves, not yet touched by the mild boredom of order.
I cannot march up and down their ranks to pass them in review before a friendly audience.
You need not fear any of that. Instead, I must ask you to join me in the disorder of crates that have been wrenched open, the air saturated with the dust of wood, the floor covered with torn paper, to join me among piles of volumes that are seeing daylight again after two years of darkness, so that you may be ready to share with me a bit of the mood — it is certainly not an elegiac mood but, rather, one of anticipation — which these books arouse in a genuine collector.
Lewis, quoted by Walter Hooper A health to books! Your goblets all refill; When all things mortal are decayed May books be with us still! Drew A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. Chapman, "To A Bookworm," c. The phrase "professional bookworm" goes back to at least King was the only child of a somewhat bookish father, having inherited the whole of his rather large and very miscellaneous library.
That nest was lined, as he jocosely expressed it, with dead men's brains. It was with a perfection of seclusion which many a professional book-worm might have envied, that Mary King passed the greater part of her life, from the early age of twelve years, in reading every book that she could get hold of. Nor was her own the only library to which she had free access. At the cheap rate of being called "the oddest girl that ever lived," she obtained the privilege of borrowing books wherever she could find them.
It is probable that if a mouse were shut up with uninterrupted access to the very largest cheese that ever was made, its constant nibblings would in time produce a greater consumption of the article than would be considered possible by any one who had not watched the marvellous result of ceaseless perseverance. And in like manner, the amount of Mary King's reading was considerably greater than any mere ordinary observer would conceive possible.
This is not a figure of speech Colonies of prose have formed in the bathroom and in the dimness of the upstairs landing, so that I don't go without text even in the leftover spaces of the house where I spend least time. A Life in Reading , A man may as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading.
Due to the different materials used to make books throughout history, there is no one characteristic odour of old books The pleasant aromatic smell is due to aromatic compounds emitted mainly from papers made from ground wood which are characterised by their yellowish-brown colour. They emit vanilla-like, sweetly fragrant vanillin, aromatic anisol and benzaldehyde, with fruity almond-like odor.
On the other hand, terpene compounds, deriving from rosin, which is used to make paper more impermeable to inks, contribute to the camphorous, oily and woody smell of books. A mushroom odour is caused by some other, intensely fragrant aliphatic alcohols. Why would it not be fair to the Book-Worm to concede him a Book-wife, who should understand and sympathize with him in his eccentricity, and who should care more for rare and beautiful books than for diamonds, laces, Easter bonnets and ten-button gloves? A woman who has a true and wise sympathy with her husband's book-buying is an adored object.
Verily, these parsimonious traders would barter their own souls, if they possessed any value. It does not tax the intelligence and the intelligence of most of us can so ill afford taxation that we rightly welcome any reading matter which avoids this. The tree of the paper still grows.
Is it likely he has a taste for manuscripts? He's almost sure to have had. I enjoyed his admittedly sad story of not being able to reach the summit of Mt. Logan, but it resonated for me, telling me that life is as much about trying as about succeeding. I loved what he says about how much energy humans put into persuading themselves that options aren't possible. His comment about the difficulty of getting climbers to put their aspirations and egos aside for the good of the whole resonated too.
That is as much true about anything in life as it is about mountain climbing. I liked his humility: Book sales and speaking engagements are for the HIllarys and Boningtons and not for the rest of us. This is an eye-opening book in more ways than one. The cover is appealing.
The book will make a stimulating gift for readers of all ages. Adventure Inward is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading. I loved this book and would recommend it to others. It is surprisingly relevant to anyone's life. Quotes are wise words from ages past, uttered so succinctly that much can be learned from these words.
Indeed, the quotes, proverbs, and sayings Jonathan Wunrow has collected from people of all kinds during his years of mountain climbing experience, can translate to life itself. He makes the point of saying that they are meaningless unless embodied in habit, and also provides tips on how we can do this.
Just read long enough to find one or two quotes substituting the word mountain climbing for whatever your passion is, that connect to where your head is at the moment, or randomly choose a page and start reading. Wunrow reflects with telling quotes on nature, on living in the moment, on taking risks, what paths in life to take, of managing fear, of death and family sacrifice.
Wunrow's message in this book is to live in the present: He tells us we live in a world of distractions of technology, we are constantly barraged by information that previous generations never had, and we feel we can't live without. It keeps us focused on things outside of ourselves, outside of our control, and outside of the present moment, distracted by meaningless things. If we teach ourselves to be happy and content in this moment, we learn the secret of living a happy and content life. To do this, we need to create a space of inner calm in this moment and the next. This moment is all we have.
We cannot live in the past of the future. Henry Miller wrote " The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome. The time to love is now. The time to travel to new places is now.
The time to risk is now. The time to say "I"m sorry" to someone you've hurt is now. The time to hug your spouse is now, and to tell your daughter or won you love them is now. To focus on the past or the future in the presence of a challenging and dangerous moment, can be fatal. The same can be said about life. One of the addictive aspects of climbing is that it allows you to be in the present moment in ways that are impossible in ordinary life. Jim Wickwire Accepting things as they are is very different from allowing them to remain that way.
Don't confuse acceptance with acquiescence, inertia or surrender. There are sometimes in our life when acceptance is cause for inaction, and there are times when taking actions is the only way to accept a situation and move on. Furthermore, he gives us advice on decision making: How do you know which life paths to take Do you take the easiest and most comfortable route.
Or do you take the road less traveled, hoping that it will make all the difference? Do you leap before you look? Do you follow your family's advice and remain oblivious to your heart's desire. Or do you follow social convention or wait so long to make a touch decision that is ultimately made for you as the other options disappear? IN trying to find your path, ask yourself a few question: What is is that you are passionate about? What do you love to do? Waht makes you smile? Waht motivates you to get u pin the moring? If you aren't sure about the answers to these questions, don't worry about it or put pressure on your self.
Plenty of us have spent a good part of our lives not sure about the answers. If you aren't sure, take the time to consider the less complex questions: What can you do to make the person sitting next to you smile? What can can you do to make the world or the street you're walking down a better place? What is the one thing you can do today that will reduce the suffering in this world by just a little tiny bit? Answering any one of these question can help you start to find your path. Life is a series of moments and actions, so focusing too much on goals and endpoints can cause a lot of unneeded misery along the way.
The only control we really have in this world is over what we choose to do in this moment.