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A book is a gift you can open again and again. ...
by Garrison Keillor

A book is a gift you can open again and again.
- Garrison Keillor

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor PHOTO

Anyone who thinks sitting in church
can make you a Christian must also think
that sitting in a garage can make you a car.
- Garrison Keillor

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
- Garrison Keillor

 

Thank you, God, for this good life
and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor

A minister has to be able to read a clock.
At noon, it's time to go home and turn up the pot roast
and get the peas out of the freezer.
- Garrison Keillor

I think the most un-American thing you can say is,
'You can't say that.'
- Garrison Keillor

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I'm not busy...
a woman with three children under the age of 10 wouldn't
think my schedule looked so busy.
- Garrison Keillor

The funniest line in English is "Get it?" When you say that,
everyone chortles.
- Garrison Keillor

A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table -
There's nothing wrong with them,
but it's hard to stop thinking about it.
- Garrison Keillor

Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye,
and deny it.
- Garrison Keillor

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
- Garrison Keillor

They say such nice things about people at their funerals
that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
- Garrison Keillor

It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire.
With air conditioning their windows were shut,
they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
- Garrison Keillor

Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong,
all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
- Garrison Keillor

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother
laugh so hard that food came out of his nose.
- Garrison Keillor

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed,
one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
- Garrison Keillor

Lake Wobegon, the little town that time forgot and
the decades cannot improve.
- Garrison Keillor

It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
- Garrison Keillor

A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a
lousy newspaper is a joy forever.
- Garrison Keillor

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory,
like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
- Garrison Keillor

I want to resume the life of a shy person.
- Garrison Keillor

Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming up.
- Garrison Keillor

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
They seem not to notice us, hovering,
averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks,
but what we do for them is never wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you
wanted but getting what you have,
which once you have got it you may be smart enough
to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
- Garrison Keillor

We have nearly complete misunderstanding between
people of different faiths in Lake Wobegon,
and that's probably one reason why we get along so very well.
It's when you are trying to convince another person to think
the same way that you do that there is
friction and trouble between people.
But when you feel that the other person is
dumber than dirt, too dumb for words -
why waste your breath - you get along pretty well.
There's no bond between people that's quite so strong as
when people each feel slightly superior towards the other one.
- Garrison Keillor

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

The Book of Life is a Book of Riddles,
with its Real Lessons Writ Small in the Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Life is a Book of Riddles,
with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.
- Charles M. Schulz in his Peanuts cartoon

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club.
You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.
- Erma Bombeck

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
- Elie Wiesel

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written
in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverley Nichols

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
- Cyril Connolly

I don't care whether a book is a first edition or not.
I'm not a bibliophile in that word's natural sense.
- Norman MacCaig

I began writing a book on love because I felt that
the United States is moving away from love.
- Bell Hooks

A book is always a dialogue with other readers and other books.
- Tim O'Reilly

Electronic distribution is more of a fall-back strategy
for putting out a book that isn't deemed profitable enough to print.
You hardly make any money publishing an electronic book.
- Rudy Rucker

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid,
stable business.
- John Steinbeck

Whoever you are, you will not write this book.
I can tell you nothing.
Do not call me again.
Ever.
- Roberto Calvi

I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press,
a new primer or encyclopedia.
This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
- Mario Batali

Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons,
so I had to come to the States, and the U.S.
government wouldn't give me a Green Card,
so I airily told her I'd write a book.
- Bernard Cornwell

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot.
If you want to write a book, find a subject that's
really worth the time and effort you'll put in.
- Tracy Kidder

I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length
academic studies have been written.
- Manuel Puig

And then I wrote my first autobiography when I -
well,
it was 23 years ago.
And since then I've written about one book every two years.
- Joan Collins

I've written a book on gangs, taught a course on gangs at Occidental.
- Tom Hayden

I never travel without my sketch book.
- Ian Wright

A best-seller was a book which somehow sold well because it was selling well.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Reading, like writing, is a creative act.
If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book,
then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it.
- Ben Okri

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book -
I'll waste no time reading it.
- Moses Hadas


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