quotes on books

We have entered a world of shorthand, precis, digest, summary, news flash, comic strip. We are bombarded with visual images, cutting from one to another, stabbing at the mind and put out with the rubbish sacks at the end of the week. The novel that took a man or woman years to create – in research, in the planning of the plot and counterplot, in construction – each word chosen, each phrase weighed against another, themes recurring, climaxes achieved – is now reduced to a four part serial, produced with pride in the accuracy of its sets and costumes, brilliantly acted, the music in the background authentic to the period. The words, but not the minds. The science, but not the significance. The book has been made a thing to watch, not to live. We must fight to save the written word as we fight to save the whale. We must keep in our minds a place apart, a sanctuary, where a lamp lights only the table at which we sit, where the curtains are drawn against the present time. Let us begin. – Pamela Brown

In books lie the soul of the whole Past Time; the articulate audible voice of the Past, when the body and material substances of it have altogether vanished like a dream. – Thomas Carlyle

There is a great deal of solemn discussion about The Novel. In fact, every novel is an answer to the ancient plea, ‘Tell us a story.’ – Pamela Brown

Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that leads to everything. – André Breton
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