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Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
I regret all of my books.
Zora Neale Hurston
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
W. H. Auden
The books I loved in childhood - the first loves - I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way: they are more inside me now than out.
Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious.
Writing books is fun because after I do a show for a couple hours, I'm in a bus for 22 hours. It's not hard for me to look out the window and tell a joke here and there.
I don't read books much.
I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn't make me love the less successful one any less.
Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
I wasn't a normal professor. I had worked in government. I hadn't written nine zillion books. I was a hands-on professor.
Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
I love comic books. I just do.
I remember being in the public library and my jaw just aching as I looked around at all those books I wanted to read. There just wasn't time enough to read everything I wanted to read.
The first books I was interested in were all about baseball. But I can't think of one single book that changed my life in any way.
Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.
The brilliance of Max Brooks is that he always quotes authorities at the back of his books that never existed. Like a Russian professor he made up that validates a story or character.
I don't think that Slaughterhouse-Five was successful movie material. In fact, Vonnegut's books mostly I don't feel are movie material.
Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Amos Bronson Alcott
I had a friend who worked at a hospice, and he said people in their final moments don't discuss their successes, awards or what books they wrote or what they accomplished. They only talk about their loves and their regrets, and I think that's very telling.
Americans like fat books and thin women.
I feel somewhat responsible for the Borders Books bankruptcy.
I can imagine a future in which real books will exist but in a more limited, particular way.
They will be given as gifts; books that are especially pretty or visual will be bought as hard copies; books that are collectible will continue to be collected; people with lots of bookshelves will keep stocking them; and anyone who likes to make notes in books will keep buying books with margins to fill.
When I wonder what the future of books will be, I often think about horses. Before automobiles existed, everyone had a horse. Then cars became available, and their convenience, compared to horses, was undeniable.
I wonder what book signings will be like when most of the books we read are electronic. Will authors sign something else? A flyer, perhaps? A special kind of card devised for the purpose?
Even after I'd published three books and had been writing full-time for twenty years, my father continued to urge me to go to law school.
Every single one of my books had its title changed almost as we were going to press, for all sorts of different reasons.
I had to find my way of translating the excitement you get when you're reading comic books to the big screen.
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