Alberto Manguel Quotes

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  • I never talked to anyone about my reading; the need to share came afterwords.

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    Alberto Manguel (2014). “A History of Reading”, p.27, Penguin
  • In the dark, with the windows lit and the rows of books glittering, the library is a closed space, a universe of self-serving rules that pretend to replace or translate those of the shapeless universe beyond.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.17, Vintage Canada
  • But a reader's ambition knows no bounds.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.54, Vintage Canada
  • At night, here in the library, the ghosts have voices.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.19, Vintage Canada
  • Deserted libraries hold the shades of writers who worked within, and are haunted by their absence.

  • A book brings its own history to the reader.

    "A History of Reading". Book by Alberto Manguel, 1996.
  • Not until I came to Canada did I realize that snow was a four-letter word.

  • Unpacking books is a revelatory activity.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.43, Vintage Canada
  • Ordered by subject, by importance, ordered according to whether the book was penned by God or by one of God's creatures, ordered alphabetically or by numbers or by the language in which the text is written, every library translates the chaos of discovery and creation into a structured system of hierarchies or a rampage of free associations.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.61, Vintage Canada
  • Nothing moves except my eyes and my hand occasionally turning a page, and yet something not exactly defined by the word "text" unfurls, progresses, grows and takes root as I read. But how does this process take place?

    "A History of Reading". Book by Alberto Manguel, 1996.
  • As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.

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  • A writer stops writing the moment he or she puts the last full stop to their text, and at that point the book is in limbo and doesn't come to life until the reader picks it up and the reader flips the pages.

    "Conversation: Alberto Manguel". "PBS NewsHour" with Jeffrey Brown, www.pbs.org. February 19, 2010.
  • Existing libraries, in their very being, seem to question the authority of those in power.

  • Every text assumes a reader.

    Alberto Manguel (2014). “A History of Reading”, p.391, Penguin
  • In every literate society, learning to read is something of an initiation, a ritualized passage out of a state of dependency and rudimentary communication.

    Alberto Manguel (2014). “A History of Reading”, p.95, Penguin
  • I always knew that I wanted to live with books, even as a child, because we traveled a lot. Home was the book to which I came back every evening.

    "Conversation: Alberto Manguel". "PBS NewsHour" with Jeffrey Brown, www.pbs.org. February 19, 2010.
  • Entering a library, I am always stuck by the way in which a certain vision of the world is imposed upon the reader through its categories and its order.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.48, Vintage Canada
  • The telling of stories creates the real world.

  • A library is an ever-growing entity; it multiples seemingly unaided, it reproduces itself by purchase, theft, borrowings, gifts, by suggesting gaps through association, by demanding completion of sorts.

  • But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.17, Vintage Canada
  • The American psychologist Julian Jaynes, in a controversial study on the origin of consciousness, argued that the bicameral mind - in which one of the hemispheres becomes specialized in silent reading - is a late development in humankind's evolution, and that the process by which this function develops is still changing.

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    "A History of Reading". Book by Alberto Manguel, 1996.
  • The world that is a book is devoured bya reader who is a letter in the world's text; thus a circular metaphor is created for the endlessness of reading; We are what we read.

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    1996 A History of Reading.
  • The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned.

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    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.9, Vintage Canada
  • I know that something dies when i give up my books, and that my memory keeps going back to them with mournful nostalgia.

    Alberto Manguel (2014). “A History of Reading”, p.305, Penguin
  • 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.

  • From fire, water, the passage of time, neglectful readers, and the hand of the censor, each of my books has escaped to tell me its story.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.220, Vintage Canada
  • Readers, censors know, are defined by the books they read.

    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.123, Vintage Canada
  • In our day, computer technology and the proliferation of books on CD-ROM have not affected - as far as statistics show - the production and sale of books in their old-fashioned codex form.

    "A History of Reading". Book by Alberto Manguel, 1996.
  • Our society accepts the book as a given, but the act of reading -- once considered useful and important, as well as potentially dangerous and subversive -- is now condescendingly accepted as a pastime, a slow pastime that lacks efficiency and does not contribute to the common good.

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    Alberto Manguel (2011). “The Library at Night”, p.209, Vintage Canada
  • Socrates affirmed that only that which the reader already knows can be sparked by a reading, and that the knowledge cannot be acquired through dead letters.

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    "A History of Reading". Book by Alberto Manguel, 1996.
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