"Grad school changed reading for me in ways I both appreciate and regret. My reading life has a depth to it that maybe wasn’t there before, but not the ease it once possessed. My motivations for reading have changed and even the magic of reading feels different to me now, but it still feels like magic and I am still incapable of describing it (I just spent 45-minutes trying). I’m relieved to call myself a reader again."
— from Reading After Grad School by Ashley Riordan (via bookriot)
"We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen."
— D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
(Source: metaphorformetaphor, via booksandghosts)
"I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing."
— Cynthia Ozick
"In a school community, someone who reads a book for some secretive purpose, other than discussing it, is strange. What was she reading for?"
— John Irving, The World According to Garp
"The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them."
— Vladimir Nabokov
(Source: iapprovethispost, via booklover)
"Time is never wasted if you remember to bring along something to read."
— Thomas Pynchon, Against The Day
(Source: lit-quotes, via tobeshelved)
"The ability to read becomes devalued when what one has learned to read adds nothing of importance to one’s life."
— Bruno Bettelheim
"Take no heed of her…. She reads a lot of books."
— Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair
(Source: observando, via prettybooks)
"The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything."
— Walt Whitman