Everything in the universe, and everything of man, would be registered at a distance as it was produced. In this way a moving image of the world will be established, a true mirror of his memory. From a distance, everyone will be able to read text, enlarged and limited to the desired subject, projected on an individual screen. In this way, everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate creation, in whole or in certain parts
– Seeing forward from the early 20th century
– Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age by Alex Wright
Then an academic, a Nigerian woman, told me that feminism was not our culture, that feminism was un-African, and I was only calling myself a feminist because I had been influenced by Western books. (Which amused me, because much of my early reading was decidedly unfeminist: I must have read every single Mills & Boon romance published before I was sixteen. And each time I try to read those books called “classic feminist texts,” I get bored, and I struggle to finish them.)
– We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer point on it, I’m the type of person who doesn’t find it painful to be alone.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
“I’m a librarian,” she blurted out, unable to take the sexual tension entangled with the biting edge of male fury. “Everyone knows we’re repressed old ladies with too many cats.”
Rock Addiction: Volume 1 (Rock Kiss)
by Nalini Singh
Well, he read in the strangest way. I mean, I could never read unless I’d have a rainy afternoon or a long evening in bed, or something. He’d read walking, he’d read at the table, at meals, he’d read after dinner, he’d read in the bathtub, he’d read—prop open a book on his desk—on his bureau—while he was doing his tie. You know, he’d just read in little, he’d open some book I’d be reading, you know, just devour it. He really read all the times you don’t think you have time to read.
– Jacqueline Kennedy.
Jacqueline Kennedy : Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy
“I’d like to have the chance to decide what my life will be like, I think that’s the best present anyone can get. The chance to decide what your life will be like.”
– The List of my desires by Gregoire Delacourt
“I found that if I was eating well, there was a good chance that I was living well, too. I found that when I prioritized dinner, a lot of other things seemed to fall into place.”
– Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table
by Jenny Rosenstrach
“There is boring. There is sensational. There is mediocre. There is lazy. There is good. There is evil. People do implausible things all the time, and they run the gamut of moderately weird to truly extraordinary. But there is no normal. The world is an unbelievable place full of unbelievable people doing unbelievable things.”
― Penny Reid, Love Hacked
“The first draft is your “vomit onto the keyboard” draft, wherein your task is to simply keep moving and outrun your doubts.”
― Sean Platt, Write. Publish. Repeat.
“What you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while.”
― Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
“It’s okay to screw up. It’s what we do afterward that defines us.”
― Susan Mallery, Barefoot Season
“It is pure potential. Every ball or skein of yarn holds something inside it, and the great mystery of what that might be can be almost spiritual”
― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Knitting Rules!
“Ignore the pain, play through it.”
― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, It Had to Be You
“We will never accomplish anything worthwhile in life if we require the guarantee of success at the onset.”
― Sherry Thomas, The Burning Sky
“I had reclusive tendencies for a reason, I couldn’t be trusted to live in the world and make decisions on my own.”
― Penny Reid, Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance
“You can take the girl out of the library, but you can’t take the neurotic, compulsively curious librarian out of the girl.”
― Molly Harper, The Undead in My Bed
“It wasn’t as if she was terrified of heights, she simply preferred to be closer to solid ground, where words like plummet and plunge did not linger in her mind.”
― Victoria Alexander, The Husband List