„There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.“

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George Santayana2
spanischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller 1863 - 1952

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„Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life.“

—  Annie Barrows, buch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Quelle: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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„Wilson was not, in the academic sense, a scholar or historian. He was an enormous reader, one of those readers who are perpetually on the scent from book to book. He was the old-style man of letters, but galvanized and with the iron of purpose in him.“

—  V.S. Pritchett British writer and critic 1900 - 1997

V. S. Pritchett, The Tale Bearers: English and American Writers (1980) [Random House, ISBN 0-394-74683-X], "Edmund Wilson: Towards Revolution," p. 141
The Tale Bearers: English and American Writers (1980)

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„The reader collaborates with the author in every book, or The reader is co-author in every book.“

—  Maurice Barrès French novelist 1862 - 1923

Tout livre a pour collaborateur son lecteur

Source: Biographical notice http://www.evene.fr/celebre/biographie/maurice-barres-499.php on Evene

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„That book is good in vain, which the reader throws away.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784

The Life of Dryden
Lives of the English Poets (1779–81)
Kontext: It is not by comparing line with line, that the merit of great works is to be estimated, but by their general effects and ultimate result. It is easy to note a weak line, and write one more vigorous in its place; to find a happiness of expression in the original, and transplant it by force into the version: but what is given to the parts may be subducted from the whole, and the reader may be weary, though the critick may commend. Works of imagination excel by their allurement and delight; by their power of attracting and detaining the attention. That book is good in vain, which the reader throws away. He only is the master, who keeps the mind in pleasing captivity; whose pages are perused with eagerness, and in hope of new pleasure are perused again; and whose conclusion is perceived with an eye of sorrow, such as the traveller casts upon departing day.

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„The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.“

—  Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955

"The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm"
Transport to Summer (1947)
Kontext: The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,
Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be
The scholar to whom the book is true, to whom
The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.
The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.
And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself
Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

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„The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library... Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986

"Poetry" (1977)

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„Interview: Robert Heller: Alistair Schofield speaks to Robert Heller, journalist, commentator and the author of more than 50 books on management and business strategy.“

—  Robert Heller British magician 1932 - 2012

2006
http://www.extensor.co.uk/articles/int_heller/interview_robert_heller.html online
Interview: Robert Heller (2006)

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