My Friday Bookish Statues Quote Garden

HAPPY FRIDAY!! Bookish Statues Quote Garden awaits you, please stay a while, smell the flowers, enjoy the oldie-worldly waft of pipe smoke,  hear the fluttering of tiny, gossamer wings, and the cheeky croaking of Kermit the frog. But before you leave don’t forget to say “hello” to my resident angel Mae West, even if she confesses, “I’m No Angel.”






I reckon she would approve of the following quote:

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~Chinese Proverb

Let’s celebrate books!

Some wonderful quotes about yes, you guessed it, reading!

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King

A good book has no ending. ~R.D. Cumming

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. ~Oscar Wilde

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. ~Franz Kafka


I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. ~Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, Pensées Diverses

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations — such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida

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

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~Edmund Burke

A house without books is like a room without windows. ~Heinrich Mann

The wise man reads both books and life itself. ~Lin Yutang


To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying

He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot. ~Arabic Proverb

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations — such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida



Celebrating J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan:

I have a great fondness for Peter Pan. My eldest daughter played him in her primary school play and I still remember that day with fondness and gut-wrenching trepidation! I was more nervous than she was!  My youngest played Robin Hood! Guess if you can deduce which of my children tends to be a bit more of a rascal?

So to celebrate staying young here are a few Peter Pan quotes:

“To die would be an awfully big adventure.”

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”

“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”


A little bit of Kermit Wisdom:

It’s not easy being green.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers and dreamers and me.

Time’s fun when you’re having flies.

Here’s some simple advice: Always be Yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs and members of Parliament.

(How wise, Kermit.)

I’ve got a dream too, but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that get’s better the more people you share it with.

(What a wonderful philosophy!)


Contemplative pipe smoking

Not that I recommend smoking! But some famous authors were fond of a pipe or two:

The first to come to mind is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes.

And of course Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional sleuth too.


As well as these famous authors:

J.R.R. Tolkien

Dr. Suess

Mark Twain

William Faulkner

C.S. Lewis

Ernest Hemingway

A.A. Milne

I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”
-Albert Einstein, 1950

“The fact is, Squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It’s the poor man’s friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth.”
-”Sam Slick, The Clockmaker”


“A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.”
-Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton also coined the well know phrase, “the pen is mightier than the sword,.” as well as the infamous opening line: “it was a dark and stormy night,’ in the 1830 novel Paul Clifford.

Here is the opening line in its entirety:

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”

“A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
-A. A. Milne

So let’s leave the pipe smoking behind for a moment, it really isn’t good for your health, and focus on angels reading in a quiet, secluded spot.


Angels and Mae West!

Wait a minute. You said quiet, and secluded. Mae West doesn’t sound like the retiring type to me. Well the answer lies at the end so please keep on reading!

The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. ~G.K. Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”

The Angels were all singing out of tune,
And hoarse with having little else to do,
Excepting to wind up the sun and moon
Or curb a runaway young star or two.
~Lord Byron

It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. ~Voltaire

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
~John Milton, Paradise Lost

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo

Here’s the clue Mae West’s quote:

I’m no angel, but I’ve spread my wings a bit. ~Mae West




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