...it is only by struggling with difficult books, books over one's head, that anyone learns to read.
I love the place; the magnificent books; I require books as I require air.
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.
It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.
They can't ban or burn Larkin's books. What they can embark on is the more genteel process of literary demotion.
Burn old wood, read old books, drink old wines, have old friends.
Our textbook is the Bible. Besides a title, many books also have a sub-title. We could write as a subtitle on the front of the Bible: "A Textbook for Becoming Completely Happy".
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
I cannot write at all, but if I could how could I make a little book, when I have seen enough to make a dozen large books? I will not write at all.
I read there [in "certain books of the Platonists"] that God the Word was born "not of flesh nor of blood, nor of the will of man, nor the will of the flesh, but of God." But, that "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us" I found this nowhere there.
I'm not this crazy drunk guy you see on 'SuperGroup'. I like to be mellow sometimes. I like to read a lot, and I'm actually starting to write my first book. I have read so many books and now I'm trying to document this specific tour, because it is fascinating!
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
England did nothing in the World Cup, why are they bringing books out? 'We got beat in the quarter-finals, I played like shit, here's my book'. Who wants to read that? I don't.
I think the title page I drew for Salom was after all "impossible". You see booksellers couldn't stick it up in their windows.