I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.
A book, too, can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.
Through their words, authors can guide and inspire. They trigger new insights and revelations. In the company of books, we find our Selves.
Throughout history, vibrant words have moved people, evolved consciousness and kindled creations.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Description begins with visualization of what it is you want the reader to experience.
Clarify. Revise. Clarify. Revise. Clarify. Revise – the process of great book writing.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Anything we need to know, we can learn it from a book.
from The Bridge Across Forever, by Richard Bach
Books seek us out. They slip themselves into our hands just at the time we are ready for a new self-concept.
from There is a Place Where You Are Not Alone, by Hugh Prather
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. They are the chosen possession of men.
The power of reading a great book is that you start thinking like the author. For those magical moments while you are immersed in the forests of Arden, you are William Shakespeare; while you are shipwrecked on Treasure Island, you are Robert Louis Stevenson; while you are communing with nature at Walden, you are Henry David Thoreau. You start to think like they think, feel like they feel, and use imagination as they would. Their references become your own, and you carry these with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
from Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins
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