"Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace."
Helene Hanff, Q’s Legacy
"Lolita is famous, not I. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name."
"The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper."
Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures
"I’m not really sure what makes a book a ‘classic’ to begin with, but I think it has to be at least fifty years old and some person or animal has to die at the end."
"I’d like to emphasize that when a reader finishes a great novel, he will immediately begin looking for another. If someone loves your book, it increases the chance that he or she will look at mine. So there is no competition between writers. Another writer’s success helps build a larger readership for all of us."