Friday, 18 June 2010

A love affair with books...

I love books and I really love to read! One can get lost in a good book and find one’s self and the meaning of life, re-discover who they are and find the dreams they had forgotten. Books can give you knowledge and open you up to a whole different world...

 The greatest tragedy today is that the world is raising children without books! Too many children spend their childhood on computers, in front of TV’s, on electronic games but not enough time in books!  There are audio books and now electronic books available on the market which may go some way towards bringing books ‘back into fashion’. But there is no substitute for the smell of old books, the sound of  the leaves as the rustle and the ability to create dog ears and employ the use of a book-marker.
It is somewhat ironic that the girl who created this amazing book – dress was encouraged to take and literally destroy books in order to create  by her teacher at college.

Whether or not we agree with the principle of destroying books for any reason, this young lady has done an amazing job at creating this really good work of art.The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  ~James Bryce

A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it.  ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958
Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing.  It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.  ~Forsyth and Rada,Machine Learning
You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  ~Paul Sweeney

Books can be dangerous.  The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life."  ~Helen Exley

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know:  to touch words and have them touch you back.  ~Jim Fiebig

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.  ~Francis Bacon
The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one's encounter with it in a book.  ~André Maurois

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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