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Nina George

  • Memories are like wolves. You can’t lock them away and hope they leave you alone.

  • Never listen to fear! Fear makes you stupid.

  • Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes. And vain men. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It’s love from within.

  • The world’s rulers should be forced to take a reader’s license. Only when they have read five thousand — no, make that ten thousand — books will they be anywhere near qualified to understand humans and how they behave.

  • Habit prevents us from asking ourselves whether we continue to enjoy doing what we do.

  • Reading — an endless journey; a long, indeed never-ending journey that made one more temperate as well as more loving and kind.

  • Kitchen solace — the feeling that a delicious meal is simmering on the kitchen stove, misting up the windows, and that at any moment your lover will sit down to dinner with you and, between mouthfuls, gaze happily into your eyes. (Also known as living.)

Nina George, German writer

(1973)