“I am overwhelmed with things I ought to have written about and never found the proper words.”

~ Virginia Woolf, Diaries Volume One 1915-1919 (via loveyourchaos)

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“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

~ John Green, Paper Towns (via observando)

Happy Birthday Bill!

“I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.”

~ Alice Walker (via writingbox)

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“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”

~ Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (via my-ultra-bookheaven)

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“The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.”

~ Napoleon Bonaparte (via observando)
“When I read the actual story-how Gatsby loves Daisy so much but can’t ever be with her no matter how hard he tries-I feel like ripping the book in half and calling up Fitzgerald and telling him his book is all wrong, even though I know Fitzgerald is probably deceased. Especially when Gatsby is shot dead in his swimming pool the first time he goes for a swim all summer, Daisy doesn’t even go to his funeral, Nick and Jordan part ways, and Daisy ends up sticking with racist Tom, whose need for sex basically murders an innocent woman, you can tell Fitzgerald never took the time to look up at clouds during sunset, because there’s no silver lining at the end of that book, let me tell you.”

~ Matthew Quick (via amandaonwriting)
“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”

~ J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye. (via bookporn)
“The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone.”

~ Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History (via vintageanchorbooks)

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I may have been converted on easter. Liverpool supporter!!!

“I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.”

~ JD Salinger (via artificialgingersnap)

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“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”

~ Annie Dillard, The Living (via observando)
“Education is what people do to you, learning is what you do to yourself.”

~ MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito at #TED2014 (via researchdevelopblog)

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The Little Library - Melbourne Central
This is the cutest tiniest library I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing.

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The Little Library - Melbourne Central

This is the cutest tiniest library I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing.

(Source: Flickr / bonitoclub, via thebooker)

“Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination.”

~ Alberto Manguel (via observando)