A Latter-day Bluestocking

For the love of reading

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

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“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Quote of the Day: E.M. Forster

E. M. Forster, ca. 1947.

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“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.”  ~E.M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

Quote of the Day: C.S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

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“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me”  C.S. Lewis, 1898–1963

Quotes of the Day: Gustave Flaubert

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“Read in order to live.”  Gustave Flaubert, 1821–1880

Quote of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

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“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” 
Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888 (from Work: A Story of Experience)

Quote of the Day: Stephen King

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”  Stephen King, born 1947

Quote of the Day: Groucho Marx

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977

Quote of the Day: Kurt Vonnegut

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“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let’s get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States — and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1922-2007

Quote of the Day: a poem from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install,
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

Roald Dahl, 1916–1990 (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

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“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”  (Pride and Prejudice, Vol I., Ch. VIII)

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