Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826. I cannot live without books. Samuel Goldwyn, 1882-1974. I read part of it all the way through. Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914?. The covers of this book are too far apart. George Eliot, 1819-80.
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I cannot live without books.
I read part of it all the way through.
The covers of this book are too far apart.
No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
Reading is seeing by proxy.
The gift of reading, like all natural gifts, must be nourished or it will atrophy.
No two persons ever read the same book.
I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life.
Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
A room without books is like a room without windows.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.
There is no Frigate like a book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry.
Literature is news
that STAYS news.
There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.
A classic is a book everyone wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
All books can be divided into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
This book fills a much needed gap.
A library is thought in cold storage.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas
What’s a book? Everything or nothing. The eye that sees it is all.
When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
Wherever they burn books, sooner or later they will burn human beings as well.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
What is reading but silent conversation?
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
Read between the lines.
Don’t swallow everything.
“What is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading – or surrender yourself to ignorance.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking makes what we read ours.
All books are either dreams or swords.
Every abridgement of a good book is a stupid abridgement.
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they are written.
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the even more refined accomplishments of skipping and skimming.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
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.
I took a speed reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It’s about Russia.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested . . .