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Have you ever just read or seen a scene in a book, TV show, movie or play that is so PERFECT you have to see it again?

Especially as a writer. There are just some scenes where the writing is just so gorgeous…you want to examine it or just study it until you can figure out what the writer did, so that you can achieve something similar.

Sigh. I feel inspired right now.

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"When we read, we decide when, where, how long, and about what. One of the few places on earth that it is still possible to experience an instant sense of freedom and privacy is anywhere you open up a good book and begin to read. When we read silently, we are alone with our own thoughts and one other voice. We can take our time, consider, evaluate, and digest what we read—with no commercial interruptions, no emotional music or special effects manipulation. And in spite of the advances in electronic information exchange, the book is still the most important medium for presenting ideas of substance and value, still the only real home of literature."

Andrew Clements

(via a-thousand-words)

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"I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey."

John Burroughs, The Writings of John Burroughs
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"I like that library books have secret lives. All those hands that have held them. All those eyes that have read them."

Neela Vaswani
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a.k.a. why I never fall asleep at a decent hour

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"A book is a friend—a memory of words, pictures, adventures that cannot be forgotten."

Amanda Bruns
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"Libraries were full of ideas — perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."

Celaena Sardothien (from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)
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"Library books were, I suddenly realized, promiscuous, ready to lie down in the arms of anyone who asked. Not like bookstore books, which married their purchasers, or were brokered for marriages to others."

Elizabeth McCracken
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