• Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know

    Alberto Manguel
  • In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian

    Alberto Manguel
  • We can imagine the books we'd like to read, even if they have not yet been written, and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess, even if they are well beyond our reach, because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of our interests and every one of our foibles--a library that, in its variety and complexity, fully reflects the reader we are

    Alberto Manguel
  • Every reader exists to ensure for a certain book a modest immortality. Reading is, in this sense, a ritual of rebirth

    Alberto Manguel
  • I don't remember ever feeling lonely; in fact, on the rare occasions when I met other children I found their games and their talk far less interesting than the adventures and dialogues I read in my books

    Alberto Manguel
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