Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence. Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books. Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human. I’m sorry to have to tell you that books are now considered an endangered species. By books, I also mean the conditions of reading that make possible literature and its soul effects. Soon, we are told, we will call up on “bookscreens” any “text” on demand, and will be able to change its appearance, ask questions of it, “interact” with it. When books become “texts” that we “interact” with according to criteria of utility, the written word will have become simply another aspect of our advertising-driven televisual reality. This is the glorious future being created, and promised to us, as something more “democratic.” Of course, it means nothing less than the death of inwardness — and of the book. Susan Sontag
Bücher haben wie die Menschen nur einen Weg, um in die Welt zu kommen, aber sie haben tausend, um sie zu verlassen und nie wiederzukehren. Jonathan Swift
A book cannot be selective of its readership; nor can it insist upon the conditions under which it is read or received. The degree to which a book is successful depends only on the degree to which it is loved. All a starred review amounts to is an expression of brand loyalty, an assertion of personal preference for one brand of literature above another. It is as hopelessly beside the point as giving four stars to your mother, three stars to your childhood, or two stars to your cat. Eleanor Catton
Diese Wörter hätte man nie gelernt, wäre die Literatur nicht so toll gewesen.
“Das öffentliche Bibliothekswesen wird sich viel stärker noch als bisher im Bildungsbereich engagieren müssen. Je ineffizienter das Bildungswesen im schulischen Bereich wird, desto wichtiger wird der durch Bibliotheken und Museen repräsentierte Bereich.” Bernhard Fabian