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How To Sharpen Pencils

Theoretical Treatise on an Artisanal Craft

How To Sharpen Pencils thanks to David Bartels

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Every man in his own library. - Ravi Zacharias

No furniture so charming as books. - Sydney Smith

Easy reading is damn hard writing. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Creativity is contagious, pass it on. - Albert Einstein

Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story. - Daphne du Maurier

The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone. - Jonathan Franzen

When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground. - African Proverb

Words are only painted fire; a book is the fire itself. - Mark Twain

No wonder the teacher knows so much - she has the book. - Edgar W Howe

That Book, sir, is the Rock on which our Republic rests. - Andrew Jackson

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. - C S Lewis

The mark of a good book is it changes every time you read it. - Anderson Cooper

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. - Albert Einstein

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. - Jorge Luis Borges

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. - Malala Yousafzai

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. - St. Augustine

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. - C S Lewis

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. - Ernest Hemingway

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? - Lily Tomlin

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. - Mark Twain

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. - Benjamin Franklin

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. - Louis Pasteur

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books. - Charles Caleb Colton

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. - Francis Bacon

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. - C S Lewis

When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it. - Marie de Sevigne

A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it. - Unknown

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. - George W. Bush

It often happens that the quotations constitute the most valuable part of a book. - Vicesimus Knox

I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right. - Billy Graham

It is my custom to call this book 'An Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul.' - John Calvin

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. - Cicero

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't. - Pete Seeger

Trouble is, by the time you can read a girl like a book, your library card has expired. - Milton Berle

Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. - Harold Abelson

Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny. - Guy Davenport

There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope. - Oscar Wilde

There is no reason why the same man should like the same book at eighteen and at forty-eight. - Ezra Pound

All the days ordained for me
Were written in your book
Before one of them came to be. - Psalms 139:16

An author in his book must be like God in the universe: present everywhere and visible nowhere. - Gustave Flaubert

I took a speed reading course and read "War and Peace" in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. - Woody Allen

I would have brung you flowers too, but I read in a magazine that they suck up all the carbon monoxygen. - Archie Bunker

Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat. - Becca Fitzpatrick

The rasp of the respirator's filter were about as comforting as Darth Vader reading a bedtime story. - Andy McNab

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. - Dwight D Eisenhower

I was a huge bookworm as a kid, and you could usually find me reading something with a dragon on its cover. - Julie Kagawa

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami

Book: A depository of knowledge which a student will try to stay awake long enough to read the night before finals - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write. - George W. Bush

Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking and do something no one else is doing. - Bob McLaren

The chief reason for going to school is to get the impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything. - Robert Frost

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books. - Sigmund Freud

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it. - Groucho Marx

I tell ya, I get no respect from anyone. I bought a cemetery plot. The guy said, "There goes the neighbourhood!" - Rodney Dangerfield

A formal manipulator in mathematics often experiences the discomforting feeling that his pencil surpasses him in intelligence. - Howard Eves

Accountant: 1. A noble insect; 2. A dutiful book balancer whose role within a corporation is to protect it from creative ideas. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. - Charles Darwin

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors. - David Viscott

There is not less wit, not less invention, in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that book. - Pierre Boyle

Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. - Brene Brown

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. - Charles W. Eliot

I've got this thing for spicy stuff. Now, if you give me hot chocolate with chili pepper, a book and a bubble bath, I'm a happy girl. - Shiloh Walker

Your surfing can get better on every turn, on every wave you catch. Learn to read the ocean better. A big part of my success has been wave knowledge. - Kelly Slater


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