Toni Morrison On Books And Questions

2DCBAE5E-FBAB-41A5-87D0-384117FC2FDD.jpegToni Morrison (February 18, 1931 -)

My books are always questions for me. What if? How does it feel to …? Or what would it look like if you took racism out? Or what does it look like if you have the perfect town, everything you ever wanted? And so you ask a question, put it in a time when it would be theatrical to ask, and find the people who can articulate it for you and try to make them interesting. The rest of it is all structure, how to put it together.

Carl Sagan On Books

   Carl Sagan   (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) 
Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) 

Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate — with the best teachers — the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history. They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads. Books can accompany us everywhere. Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses.

John Quincy Adams On Books

   John Quincy Adams   (July 11, 1767–February 23, 1848)
John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767–February 23, 1848)

 …I have been attempted to abandon my books altogether — This however is impossible — for the habit has so long been fixed in me, as to have become a passion, and when once severed from my books, I find little or nothing in life, to fill the vacancy of time — I must therefore continue to plod, and to lose my labour; contenting myself with the consolation, that even this drudgery of Science, contributes to Virtue, though it lead not to wealth or honor.

Jose Alberto Gutierrez On Books

   Jose Alberto Gutierrez  
Jose Alberto Gutierrez  

I realized that people were throwing books away in the rubbish. I started to rescue them. There was a lack of them in our neighborhood, so we started to help. The more books we give away, the more come to us. Books transformed me, so I think books are a symbol of hope for those places. They are a symbol of peace.