Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ On Books
Some books leave us free and some books make us free - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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
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
Saul Bellow ~ On Advice
"When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice."
Saul Bellow
The Art Of Reading
“Reading is an act of contemplation, perhaps the only act in which we allow ourselves to merge with the consciousness of another human being. We possess the books we read, animating the waiting stillness of their language, but they possess us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves.”
David L. Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

The Artist and His Model - Alexei Harlamoff, 1875
Marcel Proust ~ Childhood And Books
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."
Marcel Proust
W.h. Auden ~ On Books
"Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered."
W.H. Auden,
'Reading', 1963.