Best of Book Riot: 10 Quotes of Note

Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

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These are a few quotes about reading and writing I’ve recently come across and loved:

“I am writing to apply for the position of bookkeeper. Attached, you will find my list of qualifications. I have been keeping books for four years now, and I am never going to give them back.” – Joey Comeau, Overqualified

“I’m no alien and nobody’s miracle, I’m just a reader right at home.” – Tupelo Hassman, Girlchild

“A mind needs a book as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” – George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“I hear better with a pen in my hand.” – Alan Judd, The Devil’s Own Work

“It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.” – Cathrynne Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“”If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in a coffin, and say, “When you’re ready.”” – David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

“The human animal is set apart from other beasts by his infinite capacity for creating fictions.” – Oakley Hall, Warlock

“It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.” – Jo Walton, Among Others

“Instead, we’d do what we always did, the only thing we’d ever been dependably stellar at: We’d read.” – Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters

“She’d been an actress, an artist’s model, once or twice a kept woman, through all a voracious reader.” – Glen Duncan, The Last Werewolf

What are some of your favorites, kittens?