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it made my heart beat

Happiness hurts.
It makes one sensitive and sad.

    "But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence."
    Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night (via excessivebookshelf)

    (via bookoasis-deactivated20120227)

    — 3 years ago with 186 notes
    #Alberto Manguel  #books  #library  #lit  #night  #reading 
    "What people read revealed so much about them that she considered our card catalog a treasure house of privileged secrets; each card contained the map of an individual’s soul."
    Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen (via thebookishdark)

    (Source: betweenwordsandworlds, via bookoasis-deactivated20120227)

    — 3 years ago with 228 notes
    #lit  #Alice Hoffman  #reading  #card catalog  #secrets  #soul 
    "Stories were different, though. They came alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by torchlight beneath a blanket, they had no real existence in this world. They were like seeds in the beak of a bird, waiting to fall to Earth, or notes of a song, laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring them into being. They lay dormant, hoping for a chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could begin to change. They could take root in the imagination and transform the reader. Stories wanted to be read, David’s mother would whisper. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life."
    — 3 years ago with 9 notes
    #John Connolly  #The Book of Lost Things  #books  #fairytales  #imagination  #quote  #quotes  #reading  #stories  #TL;DR 
    "And it was during this period that Madeleine truly understood how the lover’s discourse was of an extreme solitude. The solitude was extreme because it wasn’t physical. It was extreme because you felt it while in the company of the person you loved. It was extreme because it was in your head, that most solitary of places."
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Extreme Solitude (via listechardon)
    — 3 years ago with 15 notes
    #Barthes  #Eugenides  #New Yorker  #reading  #literature