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To use your brains. I need quotes about reading, or writing, or fantasy.



I am currently painting (well, staining) the bookshelf that goes on top of my desk. I have this beautiful silvery paint that I want to write a quote on the bookshelf with. The problem is... I can't come up with anything good.



So, I'm asking you guys for help. The bookshelf won't be ready for that layer until tomorrow morning, so you have a dash of time. I'm up for offering points or whatever. This means a lot to me, and I will love you forever if you come up with something awesome.



Ideas so far:


"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. "

Benjamin Franklin


"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. "

Oscar Wilde


"One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. "

Ralph Waldo Emerson


"I am a drinker with writing problems. "

Brendan Behan



"I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done. "

Stephen Write


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George RR Martin




To clarify, it doesn't need to be a quote by someone famous. Just a turn of phrase even, or something you copy and paste on your facebook status or twitter. I just want something beautiful about reading and/or writing.

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if it doesn't come bursting out of you

in spite of everything,

don't do it.

unless it comes unasked out of your

heart and your mind and your mouth

and your gut,

don't do it.

if you have to sit for hours

staring at your computer screen

or hunched over your


searching for words,

don't do it.

if you're doing it for money or


don't do it.

if you're doing it because you want

women in your bed,

don't do it.

if you have to sit there and

rewrite it again and again,

don't do it.

if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,

don't do it.

if you're trying to write like somebody


forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of


then wait patiently.

if it never does roar out of you,

do something else.


if you first have to read it to your wife

or your girlfriend or your boyfriend

or your parents or to anybody at all,

you're not ready.


don't be like so many writers,

don't be like so many thousands of

people who call themselves writers,

don't be dull and boring and

pretentious, don't be consumed with self-


the libraries of the world have

yawned themselves to


over your kind.

don't add to that.

don't do it.

unless it comes out of

your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would

drive you to madness or

suicide or murder,

don't do it.

unless the sun inside you is

burning your gut,

don't do it.


when it is truly time,

and if you have been chosen,

it will do it by

itself and it will keep on doing it

until you die or it dies in you.


there is no other way.


and there never was.



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“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones **** her and leave her for the flies.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante, Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451


“Do you ever read any of the books you burn?"

He laughed. "That's against the law!"

"Oh. Of course.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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"The optimist: The glass is half full.

The pessimist: It's half empty.

The engineer: It's built twice as big as it needs to be.

The opportunist: Would you like me to fill it again?

The narcissist: No, it's my fault it's in this condition, but through my power it shall be full again.

The Frenchman: Well, I give up.

The German: I'll have yours then.

The American: You two knock that off or I'll come

over there.

The pacifist: You guys are being selfish, that table doesn't even have glasses.

The masochist: Just dump what's left in my lap and stab me with this fork.

The spiritualist: Wherever it went, I feel closer to it.

The country singer: I wish this glass would leave so I can miss it.

The rockstar: You guys fight it out while I go smoke a cigarette.

The documentarian: Will everyone repeat that while the camera's running?

The waiter: These guys are all idiots, that glass is from the last people to sit there." - A post I made on Bookface

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is a bukowski day... i try to clean it up for you...




ow to be a good writer

by Charles Bukowski



you've got to f*** a great many women

beautiful women

and write a few decent love poems.

and don't worry about age

and/or freshly-arrived talents.


just drink more beer

more and more beer


and attend the racetrack at least once a




and win

if possible


learning to win is hard -

any slob can be a good loser.


and don't forget your Brahms

and your Bach and your



don't overexercise.


sleep until moon.


avoid paying credit cards

or paying for anything on



remember that there isn't a piece of a**

in this world over $50

(in 1977).


and if you have the ability to love

love yourself first

but always be aware of the possibility of

total defeat

whether the reason for that defeat

seems right or wrong -


an early taste of death is not necessarily

a bad thing.


stay out of churches and bars and museums,

and like the spider be

patient -

time is everybody's cross,






all that dross.


stay with the beer.


beer is continuous blood.


a continuous lover.


get a large typewriter

and as the footsteps go up and down

outside your window


hit that thing

hit it hard


make it a heavyweight fight


make it the bull when he first charges in


and remember the old dogs

who fought so well:

Hemingway, Celine, Dostoevsky, Hamsun.


If you think they didn't go crazy

in tiny rooms

just like you're doing now


without women

without food

without hope


then you're not ready.


drink more beer.

there's time.

and if there's not

that's all right


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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.


Jane Austen


A room without books is like a body without a soul.




How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.


Henry David Thoreau


Knowing I lov'd my books, he furnish'd me

From mine own library with volumes that

I prize above my dukedom.


William Shakespeare


The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.


J. M. Barrie

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“A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool. We are all fools if we live long enough.”

Robert Jordan


“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.” (Yes, stereotypical, I know, but it would be awesome)

Robert Jordan


“Duty is heavy as a mountain, death is light as a feather.”

Robert Jordan


“Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn't it?”

Robert Jordan


“Take what you can have. Rejoice in what you can save, and do not mourn your loses for too long.”

Robert Jordan


“We are always more afraid than we wish to be, but we can always be braver than we expect.”

Robert Jordan


I think this would be fitting seeing as we just passed 5 years after he passed away.

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