Shawn L. Bird

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quote-Cassandra Clare on books October 18, 2013

Filed under: Quotations,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:26 pm
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   Will grinned. “Some of these books are dangerous,” he said.  “It’s wise to be careful.”

   “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us…  Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Cassandra Clare in Clockwork Angel (p. 86)

I’m always so sad when I hear from kids boasting that they’ve never read a book.  They miss so much opportunity to learn and grow!  Readers live thousands of lives, experience diverse perspectives, and make emotional connections with worlds far apart from their own.

What literature and poetry have influenced you?

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9 Responses to “quote-Cassandra Clare on books”

  1. halftangible Says:

    Reblogged this on HalfTangible's Story Desk and commented:
    Animorphs, primarily. Some harry potter and Horus Heresy novels… a few hundred I probably don’t remember. Where the Red Fern Grows nearly makes me tear up just thinking about it.

  2. macromichael Says:

    Hi again… enthralling discussion… I have many favourite authors.. I used to read sci-fi – like Piers Anthony. I love the romantics like John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. I would have to say one of the biggest artistic – even spiritual influences in my life has been Jim Morrison. There are many others: Axel, Ozzy, Robert Plant, Gordon Downie, Cornell and all the collaborators. There are so many bands that have profound lyrics – even ACDC, Aerosmith The Beatles, and definitely Metallica, Hendrix. It should be no surprise that Rock music can been very inspiring for people.

  3. Love what the characters are saying–Clockwork Angel is awesome. 🙂

  4. Jen Says:

    This is a great quote. I’m in a strange position of being an expat raising kids in a country where English is not the main language. In order to foster a love of reading in them, I am reading to them the language they are not learning in school. I have to be very mindful not to mix up my objectives — improving their English, and fostering a love of reading. It’s quite the experiment.

    • It’s a common enough story around the world! I have several friends whose children learn 2 or 3 languages, one at school, a couple different ones at home. Father speaks one language to the kids, mother speaks another, the teacher a third. It’s amazing how the kids have no trouble moving between them. It is fantastic for their brain development! Have you had your kids read to you in the school language yet?

  5. 1984, by George Orwell, is the book that made me know I wanted to be a writer. I read it when I was 17.

    • I like to do 1984 with my English 12 classes. I warn them that they’ll hate it, that it’s hard to understand, but that once they’ve read it, they’ll see its themes everywhere for the rest of their lives. They see them very clearly. My particular favourite is minimizing language to minimize thought. So many of them suffer from poor vocabulary, it makes sense to them.

      • So true about seeing the themes for the rest of one’s life. Hard to imagine anyone hating the book at first. Maybe not though, I know that in spite of the hours of homework my (year 10) daughter is assigned, or perhaps in part because of it, most of her class mates are shockingly uneducated, and burned out. Hats off to you for fighting the good fight!

      • lol They are so bombarded with stimulus they are losing the ability to figuring things out. If things are challenging, most give up. It is quite a challenge, but there are some really interesting things coming along.


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