W.h. Auden ~ On Books
"Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered."
W.H. Auden,
'Reading', 1963.
Jorge Luis Borges ~ Paradise
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges
Carl Larsson ~ Karin Reading
Carl Larsson
Karin Reading, 1904

I love books, I love to read, I love to look at books, love to touch books...
Monique
A Book Is My Best Friend…
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot


Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)
Dolce far niente
Oil on Canvas
-1877
Oscar Wilde ~ On Beauty
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Alberto Manguel ~ Dreaming About Books
“We can imagine the books we'd like to read, even if they have not yet been written, and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess, even if they are well beyond our reacher, because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of our interests and every one of our foibles--a library that, in its variety and complexity, fully reflects the reader we are.”
Alberto Manguel , The Library at Night


Photo by J. Stephenson
Felix Vallotton ~ Returned From The Beach
Felix Vallotton
"Returned from the beach" 1924
The Real Alice ~ In Wonderland
Alice Liddell, 1870
(Alice in Wonderland)
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)
Marina Tsvetaeva ~ On Books
"There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?"
~Marina Tsvetaeva
Alfred Stevens ~ Young Woman Reading
Alfred Stevens (1823-1906)
Jeune femme lisant, 1856