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J Michael Dolan
I believe in the transformative power of reading - the ability of an author to transport you to knew worlds, introduce you to knew people, and even alter your perspective. Reading is important.
- Jeff Bezos, Founder, Amazon

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

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

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.
- Andrew Ross

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

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
- P.J. O'Rourke

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

Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book.
- Madonna

To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.
- A C Grayling

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
- Gaston Bachelard

Some people will lie, cheat, steal and back-stab to get ahead... and to think, all they have to do is READ.
- Fortune

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.
- Lady Montagu

An incomplete, forever changing list of books that have
roused my spirit, warmed my soul and tamed my restless mind.
I welcome your comments and book suggestions.


Posted By JoAnn Braheny
First of all, I love your whole site... bravo to you & your site designer! I especially love this book shelf idea. Even in a world of e-books, this is most helpful! All the other info is excellent too... and REALLY love the different photos of you in each section. Brilliant! Keep on rockin!
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