Selected Quotes about Reading

With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books. -- Peter Henry Abrahams

Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding places in a voluminous writer. -- Joseph Addison

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. -- Francis Bacon

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man. -- Arnold Bennett

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. -- Augustine Birrell

Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable. -- Augustine Birrell

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future. -- Jim Bishop

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. -- Ray Bradbury

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. -- Joseph Brodsky

There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures. -- Sir Thomas Browne

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. -- Anthony Burgess

When the printing press was developed in the fifteenth century it was said that printed books would make reading and writing "the infatuation of people who have no business reading and writing." -- James Burke

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the communion with superior minds. In the best books, authors talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books. -- William Ellery Channing

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts. -- Rene Descartes

I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again. Sure he is that he read it there, but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again, though he buy the book and ransack every page. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man's abilities, had already been performed and were to be learned about only from books. -- William Faulkner

There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back. -- Jim Fiebig

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves. -- E. M. Forster

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read a book over I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one. -- Oliver Goldsmith

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. -- Thomas Jefferson

Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, - from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. -- Charles Kingsley

I hope and hoping feeds my pain I weep and weeping feeds my failing heart I laugh but the laughter does not pass within I burn but the burning makes no mark outside -- Niccolo Machiavelli

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. -- W. Somerset Maugham

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. -- W. Somerset Maugham

A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. -- Henry Miller

I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it: we must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and soul. -- Henry Miller

Books worth reading once are worth reading twice; and what is most important of all, the masterpieces of literature are worth reading a thousand times. -- John Morley

Readers are not sheep, and not every pen tempts them. -- Vladimir Nabokov

The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life... -- George Orwell

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. -- Austin Phelps

The bookful blockhead ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head, With his own tongue still edifies his ears, And always list'ning to himself appears. All books he reads, and all he reads assails. -- Alexander Pope

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. -- Ezra Pound

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. -- Will Rogers

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. -- Bertrand Russell

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. -- Logan Pearsall Smith

A book is like a man - clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun. -- John Steinbeck

A great book [of literature] should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. -- William Styron

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must lay it down and commence living on its hint. . . . What I began by reading I must finish by acting. -- Henry David Thoreau

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. -- Mark Twain

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. -- John Greenleaf Whittier

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