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Great Quotes About Books and Reading

By Drharrietd @drharrietd

Keats-charcoalGive me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. – John Keats, letter of August 28, 1819 to his sister Fanny Keats

A novel should be a book of questions, not a book of answers. – Hilary Mantel, The Guardian, 28 January 2006

 If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. – Emily Dickinson, letter to Thomas Higginson, c. 1870

Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this. Books are where things are explained to you. – Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

I prefer bread and water with books, to the best of eating without them. – Stephen F. Austin, Prison Journal, published 1899

These, and forty more terrific quotes about books and reading, come from that great blog, Interesting Literature.  Click the link and explore!

The image is of Keats, drawn by Joseph Severn, 1816.

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