Book quote winners

We asked for your favorite book quotes – and you sent in some wonderful ones!  The three lucky people who will have their quote featured on an ABC bookmark in 2014 are:

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde
Anita Kalmane, age 27, ABC customer since 2010

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Louis Borges
Alfi Yasmina, age 30-something, ABC customer since the end of last year (2012)
(“And I will be a loyal customer until I leave this country in 2016!” Thank you! :-))

“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f*** them.” – John Waters
Oona Juutinen, age 28, ABC customer for some 8 years already

The selection was tough, though, since so many great lines were sent to us.  Here are all of them, for your literary inspiration:

“O God, make me good – but not yet.” – Sebastian Flyte, Brideshead Revisited
Arlette Krijgsman, age 18, ABC customer for about 5 years

“One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.” – Victor Hugo
Karen Foo, age 33, ABC customer since 2013

“No man can be called friendless when he has God and companionship of good books” – Elizabeth Barreth Browning
“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” ― Louisa May Alcott
Asriani Purnama, age 29, not a customer of ABC yet; Browning quote also suggested by Aleetha through the comments in the original post

“You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.” – from The Little Prince
“If perfection is stagnation, then heaven is a swamp! And the Is ain’t hardly no swamp-cookie.” – from Illusions
Anita, age 27, ABC customer since 2010

“Camerado! This is no book;
Who touches this, touches a man;
(Is it night? Are we here alone?)
It is I you hold, and who holds you;
I spring from the pages into your arms…” – from Leaves of Grass
David Swatling, age 61, ABC customer since 1985

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” -Philip Pullman
“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” – Edward P. Morgan
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
“It is not true that ‘we have only one life to live’; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” – S. I. Hayakawa
“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal.” -Nick Hornby
“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” -Aldous Huxley
“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Jean Rhys
Oona Juutinen, age 28, ABC customer for some 8 years already

“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”Desiderius Erasmus
Louise McGregor