A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
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- A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
- In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
- I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
- A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.
- A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
- The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.