"Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential."- Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Every crisis needs a different kind of leadership

Thoughts on leadership during the launch of book "Manthan: Art & Science of developing leaders
The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.


"I finally figured out that not every crisis can be managed. As much as we want to keep ourselves safe, we can't protect ourselves from everything. If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos." - Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Breathing Room

In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world of today, leaders are faced with ever new set of challenges. If competitive pressures are high then businesses are also increasingly confronted with ethical dilemmas ranging from scarcity of resources to being mindful of local community needs.position.

When the times are a crucible, when the air is full of crisis.... 

Dr Santrupt Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources of the Aditya Birla Group

As Dr Santrupt Misra, CEO, Carbon Black Business and Director, Group Human Resources of the Aditya Birla Group said in Mumbai last weekend, "The world today faces challenges of global warming, refugee crisis, the corruption or the water crises, the depravation, the health care problems. Every crisis that is facing humanity today is crying out for a different kind of leadership that can find an answer."

Dr Misra was speaking at the launch of the book 'Manthan: Art and Science of Developing Leaders' in Mumbai. The book is a synthesis of dialogue emerging out of 12 Leadership Round Tables organised by management school BIMTECH over three years where 55 participants from industry, academia, and consultancies shared their experiences, processes and best practices in leadership development.

"It doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is you get up one more time than you were knocked down." ― Roy T. Bennett

Dream more, learn more, do more and become more....

As Misra pointed out, “Leadership is an evergreen subject as every generation from times immemorial had lessons to offer. Mahabharata is among the earliest examples of that.” But with changing contexts, leadership requirements also change. As Misra said, “It is important that every generation has a point of view on the subject because leadership is not a constant phenomenon. Leadership is about what happens to us and how we react to these situations.”

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader."
- Dolly Parton

"What you stay focused on will grow." - Roy T. Bennett

"Ethical leadership is a big demand today as study after study has shown that employee engagement is higher in companies with high values. As Misra noted, “An individual in any organisation--a corporation, a society, a hospital or an NGO--expects out of his leaders honesty and integrity of purpose, commitment to that purpose. Individuals expect their leaders to bring in their perspectives, issues and needs into that purpose so that she becomes an integral part of that vision, purpose and the sense of commitment.”

"Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don't listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don't listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what's behind the words." ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
The book "Manthan"

"[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them." ― Simon Van Booy

In fact, the book Manthan owes its genesis to a focus on leadership with values. As Dr Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH points out his institute has been developing ethical global leaders levered by the credo of 'Excellence with Values' through a series of management programs. "A deep connect with the industry over the past three decades led us on our journey to present our shared knowledge in the form of Manthan: Art & Science of developing leaders," he says.

1. Use their name. 2. Express sincere gratitude. 3. Do more listening than talking. 4. Talk more about them than about you. 5. Be authentically interested. 6. Be sincere in your praise. 7. Show you care." ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart fixed

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." ― John C. Maxwell

"Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can't see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don't even know."
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Are leaders perfect?

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. [Undelivered remarks for Dallas Trade Mart, November 22 1963]" ― John F. Kennedy

Given the tremendous expectations from leaders, are they able to meet up to them? In Misra’s view: “No leader is perfect. How often we as leaders in leadership position are comfortable with the inadequacies that we have? Are we comfortable with what we do not know, what we cannot do and are we aware of the daunting challenges before us? And despite those inadequacies can we still inspire positivism, can we still inspire aspirations, can we still inspire other people to join them in that sense of integrity and purpose?”

"Don't be amazed if you see my eyes always wandering. In fact, this is my way of reading, and it is only in this way that reading proves fruitful to me. If a book truly interests me, I cannot follow it for more than a few lines before my mind, having seized on a thought that the text suggests to it, or a feeling, or a question, or an image, goes off on a tangent and springs from thought to thought, from image to image, in an itinerary of reasonings and fantasies that I feel the need to pursue to the end, moving away from the book until I have lost sight of it. The stimulus of reading is indispensable to me, and of meaty reading, even if, of every book, I manage to read no more than a few pages. But those few pages already enclose for me whole universes, which I can never exhaust." ― Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler 

The great man

"The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones."
- Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law
"A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it." - William Hazlitt, Table-Talk, Essays on Men and Manners

"Only when there are things a man will not do is he capable of doing great things." - Mencius

"What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright...Haven't you ever happened to come across in a book some vague notion that you've had, some obscure idea that returns from afar and that seems to express completely your most subtle feelings?" - Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see."
- Henry David Thoreau

"One of the best ways to influence people is to make those around you feel important." ― Roy T. Bennett

"Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong." - Abraham Lincoln

In his view, “Leadership is an act of creation. If at the end of exercise of leadership there is no creation, there is no leadership. People should be able to feel, see and experience an act of leadership.” He also said, “Leadership is about systemic capacity of any organisation—the higher the leadership capacity in an organisation the higher is the impact.”

"If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and, unless submissive, then will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be unless." ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind." ― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

In his view, “Leadership is an act of creation. If at the end of exercise of leadership there is no creation, there is no leadership. People should be able to feel, see and experience an act of leadership.” He also said, “Leadership is about systemic capacity of any organisation—the higher the leadership capacity in an organisation the higher is the impact.”

"With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die."
- Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

"Missional leaders are comfortable in the own skin." - Gary Rohrmayer, Next Steps For Leading a Missional Church

"And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
Just because something was legal didn't automatically make it right." - Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

"...There are also those who inadvertently grant power to another man's words by continuously trying to spite him. If a man gets to the point where he can simply say, 'The sky is blue,' and people indignantly rush up trying to refute him saying, 'No, the sky is light blue,' then, whether they realize it or not, he has become an authority figure even to such adversaries." - Criss Jami, Killosophy

Being Inclusive

An increasingly big challenge for leadership today is listening and assimilating the views of all its stakeholders and being inclusive, according to Misra. "It is surprising that channelizing our own human resources, material resources to a larger cause always takes a lot of debate--should we invest in this socially constructive project or that but while dropping a big bomb in any part of the world debate is not necessary."

"There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed." ― Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

"In books I find the dead as if they were alive; in books I foresee things to come; in books warlike affairs are set forth; from books come forth the laws of peace.

All things are corrupted and decay in time; Saturn ceases not to devour the children that he generates; all the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books."
― Richard de Bury

"This begs leadership a question, he felt: "How can leadership create a mechanism where public debate must happen at the right place when it needs to happen. How do we get every leader to, in spite of the challenges of time and complexity, bring in a stakeholder perspective and a sense of inclusion?"

"It's pretty simple, the ethical life. It's just demanding." - Terence McKenna

"Leader discover themselves through a continuous fellowship and relationship with their sources of their life and wisdom. Self-discovery is the key to true leadership!" - Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Watchwords

"Father, help me focus on my strengths and trust others to fill the gaps of my weaknesses"

"Every leader knows the skills in which they excel. They also are aware of those tasks that they maintain a certain level of competence along with those duties they struggle in accomplishing. In my experience there are "want to's" and the "have to's" of leadership. The "want to's" energize a leader and the "have to's" zap the leader's creativity and time. The quicker a leader can find those around them that will fill the gaps of their weaknesses, the more effective they will be in achieving God's mission."
- Gary Rohrmayer, Next Steps For Leading a Missional Church

"With books you learn things, random things, whatever the author might be talking to you about, and you sort of soak them up like a sponge over the years. They are stored away in some dim recess of the unconscious mind until one day some equally random stimulus sparks a connection, and you find that you've combined different items of memory and perception into a completely new insight." - Guy Fraser-Sampson 

"When you have much higher ethical values than the ethical values of your own people, you stop belonging to your own people, to your own country because your people and your country are now located in the low levels of humanity ! "

"To conquer fear, you must become fear - you must bask in the fear of the BOOK... and men fear most what they cannot see- The Power of the Book is spiritual." ― Compton Gage
To respect law, a man carries mercy with his endeavours. To respect ethics, he moves on wasteful relationships." ― Harshit Walia

"To conquer fear, you must become fear."

"Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, nor should they be. Effective leaders allow great people to do the work they were born to do." ― Warren G. Bennis, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration

"I think ethical ambivalence is a kind of innoculation, a way of excusing yourself in advance for something you actually want to do. No offense." ― Jennifer Egan

"We never know what's in us till we stand by ourselves" (George Meredith, ORF)" - George Meredith

"...Regardless, I still do not believe that your duty is to do as the people wish. Your duty is to lead as best you can, following the dictates of your conscience. You must be true. Your Majesty, to the man you wish to become...."
- Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension

"The core – and perhaps unexpected – thing that books do for us is simplify. It sounds odd, because we think of literature as sophisticated. But there are powerful ways in which books organise, and clarify our concerns – and in this sense simplify."
- Alain de Botton

"We have all sorts of words that could describe us. But we get to choose which ones are most important."
- Jennifer E. Smith, Windfall

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books, else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know, that he doth not. Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtile; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend." - Bacon Francis 1561-1626 Francis

"Ethics and oversight are what you eliminate when you want absolute power." - DaShanne Stokes

"There's no such thing as 'no market'. Some books are just niche orientated that's all." - Jo Linsdell

"To have been possessed by something so awful and so alien, and then the next morning wake up from it, remember what happened, and realize what I had done, with a clear mind and all my essential moral and ethical feelings intact at that moment, [I was] absolutely horrified that I was capable of doing something like that." - James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: A Young Adult's Guide to a Meaningful Future

What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all." ― Voltaire, Le Fanatisme Ou Mahomet Le Prophète: Tragédie

"Ah college years, those were the days. Pure freedom ... leaving home for the first time…the parties…" "What about the tutorials, the lectures, the large building with all the books called the 'library'?" "Is that what those were?" Gerry blithely replied." ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
"All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. That which is far off, exceeding deep, who can find it out?" ― Compton Gage

"The best books, they don't talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you'd always thought about, but that you didn't think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you're a little bit less alone in the world."
― Tommy Wallach, We All Looked Up

Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book." ― Kin Hubbard

"Learning to decipher words had only added to the pleasures of holding spines and turning pages, measuring the journey to the end with a thumb-riffle, poring over frontispieces. Books! Opening with a crackle of old glue, releasing perfume; closing with a solid thump." ― John Crowley, Little, Big
"We distill happiness from garnering joy in the ordinary fragments of life, while dedicating personal effort to creating a body of work that one can look back on their deathbed and be satisfied with achieving. Happiness comes from living beautifully, which necessarily involves reason in thought and speech (logos), and leading an ethical and virtuous life devoted to achieving worthy goals." - Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

"A book is just as magical to write as it is to read, it takes you on a journey that changes you in the end."
― Jen Golembiewski

"Books are an absolute necessity. I always have at least two with me wherever I go, to say nothing of my digital collection, and whenever I can get my hands on a delicious new reading piece, I will finish it at a slackened pace, to savour it with all the esteem it deserves, gratulating in its pleasance, deliciating in every word with ardent affection. I have an extensive library that I could never do without, and there are at least four books decorating every surface in my house. A table is not properly set without a book to furnish it. Half of my great collection is non-fiction, mostly science and history books, ranging from the archaeological to the agricultural, and my fiction section is dedicated to the classics, mostly books published before the world forgot about exquisite prose. I have all the greats in hardcover, but I do not read those: hardcover is for smelling and touching only. For all my favourite authors, I have reading copies, which I might take with me anywhere, to read in cafes or to be used as a swatting tool for unwanted visitors, but books are always fashionable even as ornaments; everyone likes a reader, for a good collection of books betrays a intellectualism that is becoming at anytime. Never succumb to the friable wills of those who reject the majesty of books: there is nothing so repelling as willful illiteracy."
- Michelle Franklin, I Hate Summer: My tribulations with seasonal depression, anxiety, plumbers, spiders, neighbours, and the world.

"One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.'
'I'm not sure a book has ever changed me,' Will finished. 'Well, there is one volume that promises to teach one how to turn into an entire flock of sheep-'
'Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry,' said Tessa, determined not to let him run wildly off with the course.
'Of course, why one would want to be and fire flock of sheep is another matter entirely,' Will finished."
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Just because something was legal didn't automatically make it right." ― Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

"A book can be a great friend, an advisor, a means to an end. A book reveals so much more than a movie would ever do. For example, when I watched the movie "The Hours" I was fascinated by the story. Just a year later I decided to read the book. And what was my surprise that I was even more dazzled by its writings than I was by the images… The images in my head were more vivid than the film could ever transport me to that feminine universe that the author was trying (and so successfully granted me) to conceive…"
― Ana Claudia Antunes

"Books that have been owned by someone for many years for a specific purpose carry not just memories, (that is obvious), they also reveal their owner's true values; for the books we own may indicate something about us very different from what we think." ― Robert D. Kaplan, In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond

Reading is a breezy journey to enjoy, not a whirlwind to escape!” 

"Words matter . . . They really do."
― Dorothea Benton Frank, All the Single Ladies

"There's nothing I like better than a good book discussion with someone who can hold up his end of the argument." ― Stephen King, Finders Keepers

"She felt something similar, but worse in a way, about hundreds and hundreds of books she'd read, novels, biographies, occasional books, about music and art—she could remember nothing about them at all, so that it seemed rather pointless even to say that she had read them; such claims were things people set great store by but she hardly supposed they recalled any more than she did. Sometimes a book persisted as a coloured shadow at the edge of sight, as vague and unrecapturable as something seen in the rain from a passing vehicle; looked at directly it vanished altogether. Sometimes there were atmospheres, even the rudiments of a scene; a man in an office looking over Regent's Park, rain in the street outside- a little blurred etching of a situation she would never, could never, trace back to its source in a novel she had read some time, she thought, in the past thirty years." - Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child

"Every page should explode, either because of its staggering absurdity, the enthusiasm of its principles, or its typography." ― Tristan Tzara, Manifesti del dadaismo

"When this book is mould,
And a book of many
Waiting to be sold
For a casual penny,
In a little open case,
In a street unclean and cluttered,
Where a heavy mud is spattered
From the passing drays,

Stranger, pause and look;
From the dust of ages
Lift this little book,
Turn the tattered pages,
Read me, do not let me die!
Search the fading letters, finding
Steadfast in the broken binding
All that once was I!"
― Edna St. Vincent Millay, Collected Poems


"... The Book is more important than your plans for it. You have to go with what works for The Book ~ if your ideas appear hollow or forced when they are put on paper, chop them, erase them, pulverise them and start again. Don't whine when things are not going your way, because they are going the right way for The Book, which is more important. The show must go on, and so must The Book." ― E.A. Bucchianeri

"If I show up at your house ten years from now and find nothing in your living room but The Readers Digest, nothing on your bedroom night table but the newest Dan Brown novel, and nothing in your bathroom but Jokes for the John, I'll chase you down to the end of your driveway and back, screaming 'Where are your books? You graduated college ten years ago, so how come there are no damn books in your house? Why are you living on the intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?" - Stephen King
“While art thrives on the blazing colours of scandal, literature blossoms on the dark soil of tragedy.” 

"I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel- And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea that it may depart away before us, and that we may make us more woods.
The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel, and said, Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain, that there also we may make us another country.
The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed it.
The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them.
If thou wart judge now betwixt these two, whom would thou begin to justify? or whom would thou condemn?"
― Compton Gage.

"You never know, of course, when you write a book what its fate will be. Sink out of sight, soar to the sun–who knows. I love this quote from Frances Mayes. It pretty much sums up the Great Unknown of book writing." ― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

If the whole universe can be found in our own body and mind, this is where we need to make our inquires. We all have the answers within ourselves, we just have not got in touch with them yet. The potential of finding the truth within requires faith in ourselves." - Ayya Khema

"Self is a sea boundless and measureless.” .

"All efforts at self-transformation challenge us to engage in on-going, critical self-examination and reflection about feminist practice, and about how we live in the world. This individual commitment, when coupled with engagement in collective discussion, provides a space for critical feedback which strengthens our efforts to change and make ourselves anew." ― bell hooks, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

"Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee."
― Compton Gage

"The amount of books or films or series which are you going to watch doesn't matter as far as long you understand all of them and keep track of all them."
- Deyth Banger

“My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?”
- Virginia Woolf

"I often find that once a child unlocks the secret of words, they hunger for them. There is a kind of magic in reading. It takes the mind to places where the body may not go, allowing one to forget, for a while, life's troubles."
- Liana LeFey, Once a Courtesan

"Anything outside yourself, this you can see and apply your logic to it. But it's a human trait that when we encounter personal problems, these things most deeply personal are the most difficult to bring out for our logic to scan. We tend to flounder around, blaming everything but the actual, deep-seated thing that's really chewing on us." ― Frank Herbert, Dune

"My books are a word feast."
― Lori R. Lopez

In books I meet the dead as if they were alive,
in books I see what is yet to come...
All things decay and pass with time...
all fame would fall victim to oblivion
if God had not given mortal men the book to aid them."
― Richard de Bury

"Books whose topics I thoroughy depsise are accapteble because they often force the reader to think and to examine his own beliefs. In an age where most people are either blindly obedient or radical, exposing oneself to the ideas contained in even the most controversial of books is a good thing."
― Tiffini Johnson, The Character

"Spray a book with insect spray, drop it in a bag, add some mothballs and seal it. Put it in another bag and seal it. Another. The packages piled up on the floor, each a book sealed in four plastic envelopes."
― Larry Niven, Lucifer's Hammer

"The attempt at introspective analysis... is in fact like seizing a spinning top to catch its motion, or trying to turn up the gas quickly enough to see the darkness." ― William James, The Principles of Psychology, Vol 1

You know how dey say some people "devour" books? Not in da way ME do! Me REALLY devour books!" ― Mike Pantuso

"His novel or book of poems, decent, adequate, arises not from an exercise of style or will, as the poor unfortunate believes, but as the result of an exercise of concealment. There must be many books, many lovely pines, to shield from hungry eyes the book that really matters, the wretched cave of our misfortune, the magic flower of winter!"
― Roberto Bolaño, 2666

An acquaintanceship with the literature of the world may be won by any person who will devote half an hour a day to the careful reading of the best books. The habit of reading good books is one that gives great comfort in all the stages and among all the vicissitudes of life. The man who has learned to love good reading is never alone. His friends are the great ones of human history, and to them he may always go for stimulating and helpful communion. --GQ 71 (GQ is A Guide for Quorums of the Melchizedek Priesthood, 3rd Edition, 1930)"
― John Andreas Widtsoe, Priesthood and Church Government

"Desire overwhelmed me once she had gone. But it was not a desire for Homer. I had to return to the library. I could already smell the books' muskiness and in my mind turned over pages with as many differing textures as a forest; pages that were brittle and fragile which had to be coaxed to turn; pages that were soft and scented, presenting their words as if the were a gift in the palm of a hand, and pages that fell open heavily of their own accord as if weighted by the importance of their message. But more than anything else I was compelled by their mystery, by all the stories they had yet to tell me.
'I have to go to the library, Homer. I have to be with the books."
― Christine Aziz

"One can fight money only with money! from my Tale Of The Rock Pieces."
― Ivan Stoikov

"It's much more entertaining to live books than to write them."
― Jean Webster, Daddy-Long-Legs

"Even if you think you're doing well and have it all figured out, there is a voice you will always inevitably hear at some point which nags at you and says "but wait..." Don't ever dismiss it, listen to what it has to say. Life will never be close enough to perfect, and listening to that voice means stepping outside of yourself and considering your own wrongdoings and flaws." - Ashly Lorenzana

"People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe."
― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

The irritating question they ask us -- us being writers -- is: "Where do you get your ideas?"
And the answer is: Confluence. Things come together. The right ingredients and suddenly: Abracadabra!"
― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

The irritating question they ask us -- us being writers -- is: "Where do you get your ideas?"
And the answer is: Confluence. Things come together. The right ingredients and suddenly: Abracadabra!"
― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

"The portraits, of more historical than artistic interest, had gone; and tapestry, full of the blue and bronze of peacocks, fell over the doors, and shut out all history and activity untouched with beauty and peace; and now when I looked at my Crevelli and pondered on the rose in the hand of the Virgin, wherein the form was so delicate and precise that it seemed more like a thought than a flower, or at the grey dawn and rapturous faces of my Francesca, I knew all a Christian's ecstasy without his slavery to rule and custom; when I pondered over the antique bronze gods and goddesses, which I had mortgaged my house to buy, I had all a pagan's delight in various beauty and without his terror at sleepless destiny and his labour with many sacrifices; and I had only to go to my bookshelf, where every book was bound in leather, stamped with intricate ornament, and of a carefully chosen colour: Shakespeare in the orange of the glory of the world, Dante in the dull red of his anger, Milton in the blue grey of his formal calm; and I could experience what I would of human passions without their bitterness and without satiety. I had gathered about me all gods because I believed in none, and experienced every pleasure because I gave myself to none, but held myself apart, individual, indissoluble, a mirror of polished steel: I looked in the triumph of this imagination at the birds of Hera, glowing in the firelight as though they were wrought of jewels; and to my mind, for which symbolism was a necessity, they seemed the doorkeepers of my world, shutting out all that was not of as affluent a beauty as their own; and for a moment I thought as I had thought in so many other moments, that it was possible to rob life of every bitterness except the bitterness of death; and then a thought which had followed this thought, time after time, filled me with a passionate sorrow." ― W.B. Yeats, Rosa Alchemica: none

"Truths are dangerous," he said. "Then why are you writing them in a book?" "To catch them between the pages," said Teddy, "and trap them before they disappear." ― Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue

"I've been very influenced by folklore, fairy tales, and folk ballads, so I love all the classic works based on these things -- like George Macdonald's 19th century fairy stories, the fairy poetry of W.B. Yeats, and Sylvia Townsend Warner's splendid book The Kingdoms of Elfin. (I think that particular book of hers wasn't published until the 1970s, not long before her death, but she was an English writer popular in the middle decades of the 20th century.) I'm also a big Pre-Raphaelite fan, so I love William Morris' early fantasy novels. Oh, and "Lud-in-the-Mist" by Hope Mirrlees (Neil Gaiman is a big fan of that one too), and I could go on and on but I won't!" - Terri Windling
"[...] to me a new book was not one of a number of similar objects, but was like an individual man, unmatched, and with no cause of existence beyond himself [...]" ― Marcel Proust

"To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is."
― C.G. Jung

"No matter how many compromises were made along the way, no matter what happens in the future, a book is a thing to behold." ― Betsy Lerner, The Forest for the Trees. 

"The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection." ― Marcel Proust

“The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour.”
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

"Books are the only things worth stealing."

"The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection." - Marcel Proust

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A book a week I heave a sigh; That Slogan's peremptory cry I will not hear, I will not heed. How can They say that I should need The book They bid me weekly buy? But Slogans change, as days go by; My Psyche listens, fluttering shy, To newer message "Come and Read A book a week." To read! to read! O wings that fly O'er sun-kissed lands, through clouded sky That bear us on where Great ones lead! I too must follow, so I plead For magic wings. I'll read (or try) A book a week!" - Alexander Ireland, The Book-Lovers Enchiridion: Thoughts on the Solace and Companionship of Booksheight: 0 px

"The only journey is the one within.";Dropdown Toggle-element.

"We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy's fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure--your perfection--is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart." ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
"It's a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another. Ignorance is our deepest secret. And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don't know it or don't want to admit it. Here is a quick test: If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant. Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation. It will do both of you good." - Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

"The book that simply demands to be read, for no good reason, is asking us to change our lives by putting aside what we usually think of as good reasons. It's asking us to stop calculating. It's asking us to do something for the plain old delight and interest of it, not because we can justify its place on the mental spreadsheet or accounting ledger (like the one Benjamin Franklin kept) by which we tote up the value of our actions."
― Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

"I want to read every book that's written hear every song that was sung I want to gaze at every cloud and hold the zing of each fruit on my tongue." ― Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempest: auto

"You are what you eat and read."
― Maya Corrigan

A place is not really a place without a bookstore."
― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

"A man must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us. . . . It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, 'Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?' . . . If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one's time—the stuff of life."
― Carl Sandburg

"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel."
- John Ruskin.

"I do feel that I've managed to make something I could maybe call my world…over time…little by little. And when I'm inside it, to some extent, I feel kind of relieved. But the very fact I felt I had to make such a world probably means that I'm a weak person, that I bruise easily, don't you think? And in the eyes of society at large, that world of mine is a puny little thing. It's like a cardboard house: a puff of wind might carry it off somewhere." ― Haruki Murakami, After Dark;Dropdown-element.

"What is reading but silent conversation."
- Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations.