Eudora Welty ~ A Passion For Books
“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them ...”
― Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings


Lady Clementina Hawarden
Lady Clementina’s daughter, also called Clementina
1860s
Virginia Woolf ~ Solitude
"To love makes one solitary, she thought."
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925)
Gustave Flaubert ~ Read To Live
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893
Thomas Hardy ~ Something Within Us…
"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change."
Thomas Hardy



Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. (Wikipedia)
Jealousy…the Green-ey’d Monster
Edvard Munch - Jealousy (1895)

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello
Charles Dickens ~ A Quiet Silent Man
“He had been for many years, a quiet silent man, associating but little with other men, and used to companionship with his own thoughts. He had never known before the strength of the want in his heart for the frequent recognition of a nod, a look, a word; or the immense amount of relief that had been poured into it by drops through such small means.”
― Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Burghers of Calais (detail)
Auguste Rodin.
Eudora Welty ~ On Writing A Novel
Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
Eudora Welty
Anais Nin ~ The Role Of A Writer
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."
Anais Nin

On the photo Anais Nin with Henry Miller
Umberto Eco ~ We Live For Books
"We Live for Books"
Umberto Eco
(5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016)
C.s. Lewis ~ Friendship
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
C.S. Lewis