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Words, worlds

My job right now is very numbers-oriented. But I love words. I love the way that hardcovers feel. Or the way that old books smell. During college, one of my favorite way to spend a Sunday morning is to rummage through a book yard sale (after a HUGE brunch, of course) – I’d buy books for $1 or $2, and sometimes the really old editions would have lovely pencil script inside the cover, and I’d imagine who before me have read and loved the story.

Anyhow, this is a quotation that I’ve found, and I love it.

When I was little, my ambition was to grow up to be a book. Not a writer. People can be killed like ants. Writers are not hard to kill either. But not books. However systematically you try to destroy them, there is always a chance that a copy will survive and continue to enjoy a shelf-life in some corner of the an out-of-the-way library somewhere, in Rekjavik, Valladolid, or Vancouver.

- Amos Oz

How do people come up with such beautiful passages?

  • libby - what a poignant saying! i love reading too…but i get much more satisfaction out of being the first person to read the fresh pages and crack the spine…ooh love that feeling!ReplyCancel

  • Dennis - I actually frequent thrift stores for deals on books. Goodwill kicks ass!ReplyCancel

  • david - That is a great quote indeed. But I do have to say that I’d still rather be a butterfly.ReplyCancel

  • gildedbutterfly - Wow. I love this! I read constantly (I was both an English major and an English teacher for a while), and one of my lifelong dreams is to own my own used bookstore for the very reason you described. I love the smell of old books, and peeking at other people’s margin notes, and that strange, wonderful feeling that the book has a story and a history, just like me. :)

    And, per your “Goals” post, I didn’t hate Wicked, though it’s not one of my favorites. If you’ve seen the musical, brace yourself; it’s a completely different beast. It’s not hardcover, but if you want my copy of it (and don’t mind paying shipping from NYC), then you’re welcome to it.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia - That’s great, thanks for posting that quote. I love books and don’t usually get rid of many. My goal would be to have a house with a study/extra bedroom to turn into a library.ReplyCancel

  • SavingDiva - Great quote!ReplyCancel

  • MONEY BLUE BOOK - Maybe I’m part of the new generation…but I do most of my reading online. Even when I do my Bible studying…I read it online where I can run searches for terms etc… I guess my eyes are trained to read computer text better than they are at paper text.

    I wonder if books will one day be replaced like CDs have been replaced by iTunes etc.


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  • PigyBankBlues - that is a gorgeous quote, thanks! enjoying your blog.ReplyCancel

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