Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carl Sagan on Books

"What an astonishing thing a book is.  It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.  But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.  Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.  Books break the shackles of time.  A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."  Carl Sagan

I think this quote sums up, perhaps better than any other quote I've ever read, how I feel about books. It gave me chills down my back.  Thank you, Mr. Sagan!


  1. I so agree!

    Books kept me sane in this crazy world when I needed them most.

  2. I didn't know he said that...but I agree completely, and will cherish his quote as well.

  3. Beautiful words, thank you for sharing them :)

  4. Dear Victoria - this was a great post...I love my books and Carl Sagan did say it so well. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful week-end. Thanks for stopping to by to visit me and my help - we are so glad you did.

  5. Vicki, Barb, Kyra and Debbie, I'm happy you like Mr. Sagan's quote as much as I do!

    Vicki, I know what you mean, I think books help keep me sane on a daily basis...

  6. I agree, life wouldn't be the same for me if I didn't have lots of books around.


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