• If a novelist can finish a book without dreaming of its cover, he is wise, well-rounded, and a fully formed adult, but he’s also lost the innocence that made him a novelist in the first place.
• We cannot recall the books we most love without also recalling their covers.
• We would all like to see more readers buying books for their covers and more critics despising books written with those same readers in mind.
• Detailed depiction of heroes on book covers insult not just the author’s imagination but also his readers’.
• When designers decide that The Red and the Black deserves a red and black jacket, or when they decorate books entitled Blue Houses or Chateau with illustrations of blue houses or chateaux, they do not leave us thinking they’ve been faithful to the text but wondering if they’ve even read it.
• If, years after reading a book, we catch a glimpse of its cover, we are returned at once to that long-ago day when we curled up in a corner with that book to enter the world hidden inside.
• Successful book covers serve as conduits, spiriting us away from the ordinary world in which we live, ushering us into the world of the book.
• A bookshop owes its allure not to its books but to the variety of their covers.
• Book titles are like people’s names: They help us distinguish a book from the million others it resembles. But book covers are like people’s faces: Either they remind us of a happiness we once knew or they promise a blissful world we have yet to explore. That is why we gaze at book covers as passionately as we do at faces.
ओरहान पामुक के अन्य रंग से, फेबर एंड फेबर, 2007.