Think before you speak. Read before you think.— Fran Lebowitz
Most Powerful Bookstores quotations
If I'm ever stranded, I hope it's in a bookstore.
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
There are few professions whose primary objective is to advance the cause of humanity rather than simply to make money or accrue power. Among this limited group of humanitarians I would number teachers, nurses, bookstore owners, and bartenders.
I'd never heard of the 'Lord of the Rings', actually.
So I went to the bookstore and there it was, three shelves of books about Tolkien and Middle-earth, and I was like, 'Holy cow, what else am I missing out on?'
A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.
I have gone to [this bookshop] for years, always finding the one book I wanted - and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.
A civilization without retail bookstores is unimaginable.
Like shrines and other sacred meeting places, bookstores are essential artifacts of human nature. The feel of a book taken from the shelf and held in the hand is a magical experience, linking writer to reader.
What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore.
It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.
If I had a bookstore I would make all the mystery novels hard to find.
Decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
Books are easy to find and easy to buy.
A paperback these days only costs six or seven dollars. You can borrow that from your kids!
The bookstore was a parking lot for used graveyards.
Thousands of graveyards were parked in rows like cars. Most of the books were out of print, and no one wanted to read them any more and the people who had read the books had died or forgotten about them, but through the organic process of music the books had become virgins again.
There's nothing definite yet. Of course, any time you have a book, there's going to be book signings and stuff. We'll do bookstores that handle both audio and video. And some of the stores want to have the CDs available at the same time. So that part looks real good.
I thought I'd go to a bookstore and see what moved me.
I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.
Go to the bookstore and look at how many bookshelves are filled with books trying to explain how to work the devices. We don't see shelves of books on how to use television sets, telephones, refrigerators or washing machines. Why should we for computer-based applications?
Bookstores, like libraries, are the physical manifestation of the wide world's longest, most thrilling conversation.
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore.
I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
Printed books usually outlive bookstores and the publishers who brought them out. They sit around, demanding nothing, for decades. That's one of their nicest qualities - their brute persistence.
So much of life is happenstance. It makes me laugh when I go to a bookstore and see all those titles about controlling your life. You're lucky if you can control your bladder.
In this time of the Internet and nonfiction, to be on an actual bookshelf in an actual bookstore is exciting in itself.
When I visit a new bookstore, I demand cleanliness, computer monitors, and rigorous alphabetization. When I visit a secondhand bookstore, I prefer indifferent housekeeping, sleeping cats, and sufficient organizational chaos.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
The problem with digital books is that you can always find what you are looking for but you need to go to a bookstore to find what you weren't looking for.
In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck - and, of course, courage.
Don't patronize the chain bookstores.
Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back.
I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything.
I am driven by love and I have been in love with a handful of different people, men and women. It's like, if you go to a bookstore and you know exactly what kind of book you want, you have to look it up in the system because it's in a specific section of the bookstore. I fit into a handful of sections in the bookstore.
My goal is two pages a day, five days a week.
I never want to write, but I'm always glad that I have done it. After I write, I go to work at the bookstore.
I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for independent bookstores.
Nobody recognizes that a bookstore or library can also be a drowning polar bear.
And in this country [US], magazines, newspapers, and bookstores are drowning polar bears. And if people can't see that or don't want to talk about it, I don't understand them at all.
The most colorful section of a bookstore is the display of SF books, with art by people like Wayne Barlow, who is a terrific artist.
Look at the world of books nowadays. People just download books. They don't go to a bookstore. Amazon is wiping out Borders and Barnes and Noble. Those are brilliant examples of ephemeralization doing more with less at a better price.
I represent a rural state and live in a small town.
Small merchants make up the majority of Vermont's small businesses and thread our state together. It is the mom-and-pop grocers, farm-supply stores, coffee shops, bookstores and barber shops where Vermonters connect, conduct business and check in on one another.