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                         WHY BOOKS?

"Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind."  Robert Chamko

"To read is to construct for yourself a refuge from all the miseries of life." W. Somerset Maugham

""Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."  Mason Cooley

"The greatest gift is a book. It consoles, it disturbs, it excites, it experiences places outside the world around it." Elizabeth Harwick

Books are a refuge from the vulgarities of life." Walter Pater

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us home, but mostly it finds home for us everywhere." Joan Rivers

"Reading, Medicine for the Mind." (Inscription over library in ancient Thebes)

"Every story is a ride to some place and sometime other than here and now. A.A. Patawan

"You're never alone when you are reading a book."

"Books support us in our solitude and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves."

"Books are the quietest and the most constant of friends; they are the wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers." Charles William Elit

"Books could soothe pain, diminish boredom or loneliness and take the mind on a vacation far from where the body is stationed. They are a temporary escape, a balm for a broken spirit, a comforting memory of home, an infusion of courage." (author unknown) 

"Books are a ration on pleasure." Christopher Morley

"Books are symbols of democracy and weapons in the war of ideas." Franklin Roosevelt 

"A book can be an axe for the frozen sea inside us." Kafka 

"Books are uniquely portable magic." Stephen King

"Reading is my escape, my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice; reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful pleasure that surrounds you when you hear another's words reverberating in your head." Paul Aster

"It was books that taught me that things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive or had been alive." James Baldwin

"Reading is a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real." Nora Ephron

"I cannot remember the books I've read anymore than the meals I've eaten; even so they made me who I am today." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life." Fernando Pessoa

"Once you've read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you." Louis L'Amour

"We read books to find out who we are." Ursula Le Grun

"The world was a terrible place, cruel, pitiless, dark as a bad dream. Not a good place to live. Only in books could you find pity, comfort, happiness and love. Books love anyone who opens them; they give security and friendship and don't ask anything in return. They never, ever go away." Cornelia Funke 

"Every book holds within it, the power to ease our aching part of us." ( Anonymous)

"Books are the most beautiful human way of coping; a way to imagine the vulnerabilities and the stories the fill the world and our lives." N. Riggs 



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