I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.— Sylvia Plath
Dreamy Classic Book quotations
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
Books that have become classics - books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal - always remind me of retired colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired on half pay.
All Quiet on the Western Front.
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before;
you see more in you than there was before.
An opinion can be argued with; a conviction is best shot. The logical end of a war of creeds is the final destruction of one, and Salammbo is the classical text-book instance.
A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
For the best part of my childhood I visited the local library three or four times a week, hunching in the stacks on a foam rubber stool and devouring children's fiction, classics, salacious thrillers, horror and sci-fi, books about cinema and origami and natural history, to the point where my parents encouraged me to read a little less.
To boldly go where no one has gone before
I couldn't read. I just scraped by. My solution back then was to read classic comic books because I could figure them out from the context of the pictures. Now I listen to books on tape.
A classic,' suggested Anthony, 'is a successful book that has survived the reaction of the next period or generation. Then it's safe, like a style in architecture or furniture. It's acquired a picturesque dignity to take the place of its fashion.
A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans.
Publishers, naturally, loathe used books and have developed strategies to depress the secondhand market. They bring out new, even more expensive editions of popular textbooks every three to four years, in a classic cycle of planned obsolescence.
What makes a book great, a so-called classic, it its quality of always being modern, of its author, though he be long dead, continuing to speak to each new generation.
Classic' - a book which people praise and don't read.
I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press, a new primer or encyclopedia.
This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
That is why the ideal literary diet consists of trash and classics;
all that has survived, and all that has no reason to survive - books you can read without thinking, and books you have to read if you want to think at all.
I don't believe any of you have ever read Paradise Lost, and you don't want to.
That's something that you just want to take on trust. It's a classic ... something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
A classic is a book that survives the circumstances that made it possible yet alone keeps those circumstances alive.
To be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament books is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament.
The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection, in which are reflected the mythologems, i.e., the archetypes. In this vision astrology and alchemy, the two classical functionaries of the psychology of the collective unconscious, join hands.
No other book has been so chopped, knifed, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified.
What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line and tenet?
I'm a huge classics fan. I love Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger. I'm that guy who rereads a book before I read newer stuff, which is probably not all that progressive, and it's not really going to make me a better reader. I'm like, 'Oh, my God, you should read To Kill a Mockingbird.
It's absurd to think of 'Pride and Prejudice,' this classic, beloved book, beset with a zombie uprising. The goal is to make you suspend your disbelief enough to allow you to get lost in the story and believe what you're reading for a while.
The instant you say All Quiet On The Western Front people remember that great 20th century classic book on war, a book about a school boy turned into a soldier overnight.
This is a book that respects kids and their ideas.
And in that regard, it places Chasing Vermeer in the tradition of classic favorites fondly recalled from our own childhoods.
Even though Chinese society was really closed, there were two windows for me to explore the world. One was from my mother and grandmother, the unseen and invisible world. Another window was brought from my father's side, those classic and Western books.
Some days are like that. Even in Australia.
My sense of the poet is classical - the poet is one who makes poems.
In each book, I develop and repeat certain general themes - time, place, memory, God, history, class, race, beauty, love, poetry, identity. The core identity is the poet making the poems.
I don't spend much on clothes. I buy old books. I tell myself I ought to save - it's the classic Northern work ethic. I like good holidays, though. I'm a big fan of cruises. I love unpacking once and having the scenery change every day.
You can write a great book and be ignored.
Literary history is full of classics that were under-appreciated in their own time.
A cult classic... both a celebration of the unlimited potential of the comic book form, and a perfect melding of inspiring, iconoclastic imaginations.