Quotable Henry Ward Beecher

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
― Henry Ward Beecher

Quotable Randy Pausch

“Do not tell people how to live their lives. Just tell them stories, and they will figure out how those stories apply to them.”

– Randy Pausch

Quotable Erin Morganstern

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narration. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

– Erin Morganstern, The Night Circus

Quotable David Shafer

“If you want truth tracked to where it is hidden, call a journalist; theirs is an honorable mission. But leave to novelists the country of Maybe in the land of What If, where all the animals are shadow puppets, and the rivers divide into countless streams that flow to a bottomless sea.”

– David Shafer

Quotable Oscar Wilde

“One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead.”

– Oscar Wilde

Quotable Charles de Lint

“Sometimes Dick would remember a time when he hadn’t been able to read. All he could do then was riffle the pages and try to smell the stories out of them. But now, oh now, he was a magician too, for he could unearth the hidden enchantment in the books any time he wanted to.”

– Charles de Lint

Quotable Carl Sagan

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
― Carl Sagan