Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: On the Love of Books

 

“Aren’t we blessed, we who love books?” ― Frances Maureen Richardson

First of all, you’re probably wondering who is Frances Maureen Richardson? I would be shocked if you had heard of her. She’s a friend of mine, a woman in my book club, and a woman who in her senior years wrote and published her first and only novel. The novel is called Not All of Me is Dust. It’s really a fine novel. Twenty reviews on Amazon and all gave it five stars, and other than a couple of friends she has no idea who those reviewers are. You can read about her book here.

Second, I was searching for a quote on the love of books, and I could do no better than her quote. I have about nine quotes on my Goodreads page on the love of books, and Frances’ quote stands out. I was the one who actually identified it as a quote. We were going back and forth discussing a particular book—I don’t even recall which one—and in the joy of discussion she blurted it out.

I seem to have an ear for picking up memorable quotes. I spent years rummaging through Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations before the internet existed, and I think you develop an ear for what makes a good quote. Do people still have Bartlett’s on their bookshelves any longer?

The moment Frances put that quote down I knew it was memorable. I instantly uploaded into the Goodreads quotes database and selected it to put on my quotes page. For those not familiar with Goodreads, each member gets to have a personal Quotes page of meaningful quotes. A list of personal favorite quotes really explains a person’s interest, characterizes their life in a particular way, helps define their identity. Out of the sixty-one quotes on My Quotes page, nine deal with reading. So I wanted to take one to post on.

Here are the other quotes on reading I have identified:

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” -Ernest Hemingway

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” -Marcus Tullius Cicero

“That’s what literature is. It’s the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them!” -Connie Willis

“A good book is an event in my life.” -Stendhal

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” -Jorge Luis Borges

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” -Jane Austen

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” -J.D. Salinger

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” -Mortimer J. Adler


I would have to say that a good deal of my life revolves around reading books. Why is that? After all I’m busy as heck. I’m a full-time engineer, I have a family with a ten-year-old son, I chauffeur my 86-year-old mother around, I have a house that requires repairs, and yet I spend hours and hours reading. The quotes I posted above hint at this. Reading is a sort of joy, an experience in itself, one that might reshape your life, a connection—emotional, mental, spiritual—that one makes with an author, or with a time and place, or with an entire culture and civilization. One is absorbed metaphysically into a story, into a situation, into characters, into values, into their problems and challenges and muddles and dilemmas and afflictions. We are transferred into a different journey and existence. How much poorer we would be without reading, at least for me.

So all of my quotes above are profound in their own way. But Frances’ quote sums it all up. I am blessed to love reading and to love books. There is no better way to say it.

How about you? Is there a particular quote on books or reading that you think worthy? Perhaps I can add it to my quotes page.

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  1. Vectorman Thatcher

    That is an interesting title for a book. On Ash Wednesday, we were told “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

    On the Quote of the Day March Signup Sheet, the website goodreads is one of the suggested sites to look for quotes. After the Wikiquote pages, it’s my number two page for finding great quotes. So choose your favorite quote and sign up today! 

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    • February 28, 2020, at 5:22 AM PST
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  2. Manny Member
    Manny

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    That is an interesting title for a book. On Ash Wednesday, we were told “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

    On the Quote of the Day March Signup Sheet, the website goodreads is one of the suggested sites to look for quotes. After the Wikiquote pages, it’s my number two page for finding great quotes. So choose your favorite quote and sign up today!

    Yes. I didn’t even think about it coordinating with Ash Wednesday. Good observation. I have to ask her on why the title. We are dust but she points out that not all is dust. I have to say it’s really well written novel.

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    • February 28, 2020, at 5:33 AM PST
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  3. philo Member

    Manny: How much poorer we would be without reading…

    I keep two related quotes close by…I believe I pulled both from The Little Red Book of Wisdom:

    “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” – Barbara W. Tuchman

    “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” – Charles “Tremendous” Jones

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    • February 28, 2020, at 6:13 AM PST
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  4. Manny Member
    Manny

    philo (View Comment):

    Manny: How much poorer we would be without reading…

    I keep two related quotes close by…I believe I pulled both from The Little Red Book of Wisdom:

    “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” – Barbara W. Tuchman

    “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” – Charles “Tremendous” Jones

    Nice! I’ll try to add both.

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    • February 28, 2020, at 6:30 AM PST
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  5. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Who was it that said, “One who does not read is no better off than one who cannot read,” Or words to that effect?

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    • February 28, 2020, at 9:56 AM PST
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  6. Manny Member
    Manny

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):
    One who does not read is no better off than one who cannot read,

    I get Mark Twain when I did a search on that. I’m pretty sure that’s what I remember. Good one!

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    • February 28, 2020, at 11:12 AM PST
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  7. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    I am listening to the “Story of Human Language” one of the Great Courses, taught by John McWhorter. Excellent. He says that of the 6000 languages spoken today, only 200 are written. I was surprised by the low number.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 8:42 AM PST
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  8. RightAngles Member

    I have a copy of Bartlett’s! I often wonder if I’d have become such a voracious reader as I am if there had been cable TV and the internet when I was a kid. One of my favorite quotes about books is from Oscar Wilde – quoting from memory, but it’s something like “A book is nether moral nor immoral. A book is well written, or poorly written. That is all.”

    Another one I recall is that when G.K. Chesterton was little and they told him he had to learn to read, he said rebelliously that he would if they forced him to, but that once he knew how to read, “I never, never shall.” (File under predictions that did not come true)

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  9. KentForrester Moderator

    You guys are so sentimental. I bet you even like the smell of old books. Sniff sniff. 

    Books are so 20th century. Kindles are the future.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 4:25 PM PST
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  10. philo Member

    KentForrester (View Comment): Kindles are the future.

    And they alway will be for me. 

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    • February 29, 2020, at 4:27 PM PST
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  11. KentForrester Moderator

    philo (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment): Kindles are the future.

    And they alway will be for me.

    Curmudgeon!

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    • February 29, 2020, at 5:01 PM PST
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  12. philo Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    philo (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment): Kindles are the future.

    And they alway will be for me.

    Curmudgeon!

    Guilty as charged.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 6:02 PM PST
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  13. KentForrester Moderator

    philo (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    philo (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment): Kindles are the future.

    And they alway will be for me.

    Curmudgeon!

    Guilty as charged.

    I forgot that being called a curmudgeon is a mark of distinction on a conservative site like Ricochet.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 6:49 PM PST
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  14. Manny Member
    Manny

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    I am listening to the “Story of Human Language” one of the Great Courses, taught by John McWhorter. Excellent. He says that of the 6000 languages spoken today, only 200 are written. I was surprised by the low number.

    I may have listened to that course too. Or perhaps another by McWhorter. He is excellent.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 9:12 PM PST
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  15. Manny Member
    Manny

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    You guys are so sentimental. I bet you even like the smell of old books. Sniff sniff.

    Books are so 20th century. Kindles are the future.

    LOL. I have both. But I prefer a physical book.

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  16. ShaunaHunt Coolidge

    Manny (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    You guys are so sentimental. I bet you even like the smell of old books. Sniff sniff.

    Books are so 20th century. Kindles are the future.

    LOL. I have both. But I prefer a physical book.

    If the migraine is controlling my day, it’s audio or paperback. I prefer paperback. I love the smell of books! You can’t get that with a Kindle! I do love my Kindle, though. I would shrivel up and die if I couldn’t read.

    However, a good narrator is a joy to listen to. Especially, if the pitch doesn’t aggravate the head. I can’t tolerate the light on my Kindle sometimes; even when the brightness is adjusted and the blue light is off.

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    • February 29, 2020, at 9:54 PM PST
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  17. ShaunaHunt Coolidge

    I also have that one on The Great Courses, but I haven’t listened to it yet!

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  18. Ammo.com Member

    Of all the things that you can use to furnish your mind, there’s no greater source of beauty than great literature.

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  19. Manny Member
    Manny

    Ammo.com (View Comment):

    Of all the things that you can use to furnish your mind, there’s no greater source of beauty than great literature.

    Nicely said. 

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  20. Manny Member
    Manny

    ShaunaHunt (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    You guys are so sentimental. I bet you even like the smell of old books. Sniff sniff.

    Books are so 20th century. Kindles are the future.

    LOL. I have both. But I prefer a physical book.

    If the migraine is controlling my day, it’s audio or paperback. I prefer paperback. I love the smell of books! You can’t get that with a Kindle! I do love my Kindle, though. I would shrivel up and die if I couldn’t read.

    However, a good narrator is a joy to listen to. Especially, if the pitch doesn’t aggravate the head. I can’t tolerate the light on my Kindle sometimes; even when the brightness is adjusted and the blue light is off.

    I agree. A good narrator is a joy. I enjoy listening to an audio while physically reading. It’s a great combination. 

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  21. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    When I walk into the house of a new acquaintance and see no books, I can’t help but suspect an ignorance and narrow mindedness of thought. The loneliest people I know are those who do not read. 

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    • March 2, 2020, at 11:00 AM PST
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