|The Reader by Fragonard, courtesy of Wikipedia|
"The world was hers for the reading.”
~Betty Smith"You could never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
"Books are a uniquely portable magic."
"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!"
“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”
“I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading has opened to me; I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”
“I am a part of everything that I have read.”
“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
~Henry David Thoreau
“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time."
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.”
“A good book is an event in my life.”
~Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”
“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.”
~Edgar Allan Poe
“While we pay lip service to the virtues of reading, the truth is that there is still in our culture something that suspects those who read too much, whatever reading too much means, of being lazy, aimless dreamers, people who need to grow up and come outside to where real life is, who think themselves superior in their separateness.”
“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
“Oh! It is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.”
“All I have learned, I learned from books.”
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