Source: Goodwill Librarian’s January 5, 2023 Facebook post
Recently Sighted Bookish Quotations
Source: Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) November 13, 0222 Facebook post
Source: Goodwill Librarian’s November 14, 2022 Facebook post
Source: Literary Jokes & Puns’ June 16, 2022 Facebook post, submitted by Judy Weppner (via Memes, Dreams, Reflections)
Source: Literary Jokes & Puns’ April 22, 2022 Facebook post, submitted by Rich Gore (via Philosophy, Poetry and Art)
Source: June 11, 2021 Facebook post by Books – An Escape
Note: The largest collection of bookish quotations is right here on this blog.
Another Roundup of Bookish Quotations
Another trove of quotations about books, bookstores, reading, and readers posted recently to Facebook:
Hundreds of other bookish quotations have been gathered together here.
Roundup of Recent Bookish Quotations
“Books are to read, but that is by no means the end of it.
The way they are bound, the paper they are printed on, the smell of them (especially if they are either very new or very old), the way the words are fitted to the page, the look of them in the bookcase—sometimes lined up straight as West Point cadets, sometimes leaning against each other for support or lying flat so you have to tip your head sideways to see them properly. Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, the plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, the Pléiade edition of Saint Simon, Chesterfield’s letters, the Qur’an. Even though you suspect you will probably never get around to them, it is an honor just to have them on your shelves.
Something of what they contain gets into the air you breathe. They are like money in the bank, which is a comfort even though you never spend it. They are prepared to give you all they’ve got at a moment’s notice, but are in no special hurry about it. In the meanwhile they are holding their tongues, even the most loquacious of them, even the most passionate.
They are giving you their eloquent and inexhaustible silence. They are giving you time to find your way to them. Maybe they are giving you time, with or without them, just to find your way.”
— Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words
Found at Sarah Gordon’s Facebook page, February 9, 2022
“Reading is the work of the alert mind, is demanding, and under ideal conditions produces finally a sort of ecstasy.”—E.B. White
Found at The Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook page, September 1, 2021
Roundup of Recently-Posted Bookish Quotations
From the Facebook page of For Reading Addicts, November 17, 2021
From the Facebook page of For Book Addicts, November 8, 2021
From the Facebook page of For Reading Addicts, November 7, 2021
From the Facebook page of For Reading Addicts, November 1, 2021
From the Facebook page of For Reading Addicts, September 25, 2021
From a post to the Facebook page of English Literature and Linguistics, September 18, 2021
For hundreds of other quotations about books, reading, book collecting, and libraries, click here.
More Bookish Quotations
Found at Sarah Gordon’s Facebook page, August 10, 2021 (via the Facebook page of Shelf Awareness, August 9, 2021)
Found at Kraig Blackwelder’s Facebook page, August 10, 2021 (via Library Matters’ Facebook page, August 7, 2021)
From the Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook page, August 1, 2021
From Bibliocave’s Facebook page, August 9, 2019
From the Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook page, June 22, 2018
For hundreds of additional quotations about books, bookstores, libraries, book collecting, and the joys of reading, click here.
A Bevy of Bookish Quotations
Found at the For Reading Addicts’ Facebook page, June 12, 2021
Found at The Goodwill Librarian’s Facebook page, June 11, 2021
Found at Edwin Austin’s Facebook page, April 19, 2021
Found at the Bookaholics Facebook page, March 28, 2021
Found at Edwin Austin’s Facebook page, March 20, 2021
Found at the I Love Reading Books Facebook page, May 27, 2018
Found at Ms Bookaholic’s Diary Facebook page, December 16, 2019
You can find hundreds of additional bookish quotations (albeit without the nifty photo backgrounds) here.
Bookish Quotation du Jour
“Every true reader could, even if new books were no longer published, spend decades or centuries studying and rejoicing in the treasure of those who are already in his hand.”- Hermann Hesse
Found at The Bookcase Project’s Facebook page via Adoro los libros
The Joy of Re-Reading
“A list of books that you reread is like a clearing in the forest: a level, clean, well-lighted place where you set down your burdens and set up your home, your identity, your concerns, your continuity in a world that is at best indifferent, at worst malign. Since you, the reader, are that hero of modern literature, the existential loner, the smallest denominator of moral force, it behooves you to take counsel, sustenance, and solace from the writers who have been writing about you these hundred or five hundred years, to sequester yourself with their books and read and reread them to get a fix on yourself and a purchase on the world that will, with luck, like the house in the clearing, last you for life.”
Source: L.E. Sissman (from “The Constant Rereader’s Five-Foot Shelf” in Innocent Bystander: The Scene from the 70s (1975); quoted by Patrick Kurp at his blog ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE (April 29, 2021)
Bookish Quotation du Jour
Found at Virginia Woolf and her Waves of Thoughts Facebook page, via Garden of Bright Images’ Facebook page (April 16, 2021); painting by Edward Dufner