A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them.
– Horace Mann
My sister and I did not have our own rooms, or even a place to ourselves. In the living room, beyond the two windows, was a little corner where my books were kept, and other thing – my watercolors and so on. Often I had to imagine the things I needed. I learned very early to read amidst noise.
– Gunter Grass