"What are books but tangible dreams? What is reading if it is not dreaming? The best books cause us to dream; the rest are not worth reading."
"That only leaves libraries, and they’re perfect–no entrance fee, nobody getting all hot and bothered if a kid comes in. You just sit down and read whatever you want. I always rode my bike to the local public library after school. Even on holidays that’s where you’d find me. I’d devour anything and everything–novels, biographies, histories, whatever was lying around…the library was like a second home. Or maybe more like a real home, more than the place i lived in."
— Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
"Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are yours because everyone else is asleep."
"But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief."
Don’t despair for story’s future or turn curmudgeonly over the rise of video games or reality TV. The way we experience story will evolve, but as storytelling animals, we will no more give it up than start walking on all fours.
Rejoice in the fantastic improbability of the twisting evolutionary path that made us creatures of story–that gave us all the gaudy, joyful dynamism of the stories we tell. And really, most importantly, that understanding the power of storytelling–where it comes from and why it matters–can never diminish your experience it. Go get lost in a novel. You’ll see.
— Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."