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my name is axel marazzi and i eat words for breakfast.

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“It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.”

– Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

“Certain bookworms eat books. Eat them, swear in them, spill things on them.”

– Tara Bray Smith

“Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.”

– Saul Bellow, Ravelstein

“One book calls to another unexpectedly, creating alliances across different cultures and centuries.”

– Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

“I sat, a solitary man,
In a crowded London shop,
An open book and empty cup
On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed
My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less
It seemed, so great my happiness,
That I was blessed and could bless.”

– W.B. Yeats

“It did occur to me that the effect of good literature may be as dizzying as that of alcohol.”

– Pamela Dean

“To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength.”

– Lawrence Clark Powell

“The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.”

– Stephen King

“All I could determine was that it must have been a nice thing to see if it was a house you were thinking about moving into. But not so nice if it was the house you were moving out from. I could practically hear Mr Collins, who had taught my fifth-grade English class and was still the most intimidating teacher I’d ever had, yelling at me. “Amy Curry,” I could still hear him intoning, “never end a sentence with a preposition!” Irked that after six hears he was still mentally correcting me, I told the Mr. Collins in my head to off fuck.”

– Morgan Matson, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

“I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my books have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.”

– Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night