"When it comes to true humility in the face of history, nothing beats complete silence."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Lev Grossman on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Lev Grossman on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Lev Grossman on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Lev Grossman on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Lev Grossman on Thomas Jefferson
"And I'm not as young as I once was. At my age, I don't have time to be bored."
"One already feels like an anachronism, writing novels in the age of what-ever-this-is-the-age-of, but touring to promote them feels doubly anachronistic. The marketplace is showing an increasing intolerance for the time-honored practice of printing information on paper and shipping it around the country."
"Becoming an author changes your attitude too. Once you see where books come from, and how they're made, they never seem quite as sacred again."
"I'm happy to report that 'The New Press' is still in business to this day. But not thanks to me. I was a really bad publishing intern."
"I've drunk Amazon's free Diet Coke. Nothing makes more sense to me than a company trying to make bookselling into a profitable business. I'm not anti-Amazon, and I'm not pro-publishers either. I'm pro-books."