„Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.“

—  Julian Barnes, livro Flaubert's Parrot

Fonte: Flaubert's Parrot

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História

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—  Thorne Smith an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction 1892 - 1934

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„It will come as no surprise to those of you in the book trade when I say that although books do not cause cancer, books in general do not sell as well as cigarettes.“

—  Gene Wolfe American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931 - 2019

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—  Logan Pearsall Smith British American-born writer 1865 - 1946

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„There were some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things.“

—  Jeffrey Eugenides, livro The Marriage Plot

Variante: There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things.
Fonte: The Marriage Plot

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