Author Quotes for Any Occasion

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By Josh Zajdman, Media Connect Publicist

Here at Media Connect, we all love to read. Obviously. You don’t accidentally fall into book publicity. We spend our days talking about the wonder of picking up a book and engaging with it. Whether Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968 or J. Chester Johnson’s Auden, the Psalms and Me, you get a front row seat to history and the long-lasting impact or consequences that follow. Maybe it’s Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner which gives you a thrill or Jody A. Dean’s Roxie the Doxie which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. There are so many great books and authors out there — whether those that come to us with plenty of books under their belt or those just starting out. The chance to work with these authors and publicize their latest efforts is incredibly rewarding. What drives us, and them, amounts to the same thing. A love of books and reading. We firmly believe that there’s a book for every occasion. Imagine my delight when I discovered that there’s a quote about reading for every occasion. These are just a handful.

When you’re worried about politics:

“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy – which many believe goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.”

- Margaret Atwood

When you are reading a book that just gets you:

“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”

- Mark Haddon

When you finally crack that super tough book (I’m looking at you, Ulysses):

“Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.”

- Charles Scribner, Jr.

When you fall for fake news:  

“It’s good to know how to read, but it’s dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you’re reading.”

- Mike Tyson

When you’re feeling a bit blue:

“Reading – the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.”

- William Styron

When your special someone loves the same books:

“The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.”

- Katherine Mansfield

When a library card is so much cheaper than a plane ticket:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…the man who never reads lives only one.”

- George R.R. Martin

When your third conference call of the day ticks over the hour mark:

“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.”

- Kathleen Norris

When the mouth and the mind are in a race:

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

- Fran Lebowitz

When you’re in between pay periods:

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

- Stephen King

When yet another comment is made about how much you love to read:

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

- Harper Lee

When you’re browsing on a Sunday morning or whenever:

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

- Jane Smiley

When you keep finding different drawers to stuff the same novel-in-progress into:

“If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.”

- Toni Morrison

When you remember that a book can be a comfort too:

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. 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, who had ever been alive.”

- James Baldwin

When rent’s due:

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

- Desiderius Erasmus

When you prefer the Brothers Marx to The Brothers Karamazov:

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

- Groucho Marx

When a book could have used more editing:

“The covers of this book are too far apart.”

- Ambrose Bierce

When you want to avoid awkward subway encounters:

“I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at people.”

- Charles Bukowski

When Mark Twain says it best (and he usually does):

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience. This is the ideal life.”

- Mark Twain

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