Quotes About Illiteracy

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

Thomas Jefferson
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
Thomas Jefferson

A.A. Milne
“To the uneducated an A is just three sticks.”
A.A. Milne, The World of Winnie-the-Pooh

Bertolt Brecht
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”
Bertolt Brecht

Benjamin Franklin
“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.”
Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Aquinas
“Beware the man of a single book.”
Thomas Aquinas

“Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.”
Peter S. Jennison

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“School made us 'literate' but did not teach us to read for pleasure.”
Ambeth R. Ocampo

Elbert Hubbard
“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.”
Elbert Hubbard

Michael Bassey Johnson
“-We need more love, to supersede hatred, -We need more strength,
to resist our weaknesses,
-We need more inspiration,
to lighten up our innermind.
-We need more learning,
to erase our ignorance,
-We need more wisdom,
to live longer and happier,
-We need more truths, to suppress deceptions,
-We need more health,
to enjoy our wealth,
-We need more peace, to stay in harmony with our brethren
-We need more smiles,
to brighten up our day,
-We need more hero's, and not zero's,
-We need more change of ourselves, to change the lives of others,
-We need more understanding,
to tackle our misunderstanding,
-We need more sympathy,
not apathy,
-We need more forgiveness,
not vengeance,
-We need more humility to be lifted up,
-We need more patience and not undue eagerness,
-We need more focus, to avoid distraction,
-We need more optimism,
not pessimism
-We need more justice,
not injustice,
-We need more facts, not fiction,
-We need more education,
to curb illiteracy,
-We need more skills, not incompetence,
-We need more challenges,
to make attempts,
-We need more talents,
to create the extraordinary,
-We need more helping hands,
not stingy folks,
-We need more efforts,
not laziness,
-We need more jokes, to forget our worries, -We need more spirituality,
not mean religion,
-We need more freedom,
not enslavement,
-We need more peacemakers,
not revolutionaries...with these, we create an heaven on earth.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Nicole Peeler
“I blinked at her, suddenly loathing her to the depths of my soul. Not only was she probably rather evil, and definitely thoroughly unpleasant, but she also didn't read.”
Nicole Peeler

Alberto Manguel
“As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

Alaa Al Aswany
“Illiteracy does not impede the practice of democracy, as witnessed by the success of democracy in India despite the high illiteracy rate. One doesn't need a university diploma to realize that the ruler is oppressive and corrupt. On the other hand, to eradicate illiteracy requires that we elect a fair and efficient political regime.”
Alaa Al Aswany, شيكاجو

Eve Ensler
“I want to read
so I can read the Koran
read the signs in the street
know the number of the bus
I'm supposed to take
when I one day leave this house.”
Eve Ensler, I am an Emotional Creature

M.F. Moonzajer
“You can blame people and situations for your misery, hunger, deprivation and illness, but you are the only person can be blamed for your illiteracy.”
M.F. Moonzajer, LOVE, HATRED AND MADNESS

Toba Beta
“Ignorance is a knowledge illiteracy.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Celsus
“First, however, I must deal with the matter of Jesus, the so-called savior, who not long ago taught new doctrines and was thought to be a son of God. This savior, I shall attempt to show, deceived many and caused them to accept a form of belief harmful to the well-being of mankind. Taking its root in the lower classes, the religion continues to spread among the vulgar: nay, one can even say it spreads because of its vulgarity and the illiteracy of its adherents. And while there are a few moderate, reasonable, and intelligent people who interpret its beliefs allegorically, yet it thrives in its purer form among the ignorant.”
Celsus, On the True Doctrine: A Discourse Against the Christians

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Illiterate people should only be charged for the photographs; when buying a newspaper.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare's?”
C.P. Snow

“70 out of 100 people in the world cannot read... if you can read then you are the luckiest out of 2 million people in the world that cannot.”
Call Bain

Tim Dorsey
“...And another item from the growing file of people who voluntarily wear dunce caps... You'll be talking cordially to someone and make an offhand reference, 'I recently read where--' and they'll cut you off and say, 'Oh, I don't read'... This is a tragedy on so many different levels. First, because they don't read, they don't know enough to keep it to themselves. Next, and this is the most amazing part, they use a demeaning tone like I'm the stupid one for wasting time with books.”
Tim Dorsey, Tiger Shrimp Tango

Enock Maregesi
“Kuna tofauti kati ya hekima na maarifa. Unaweza kuwa profesa ukawa mpumbavu, unaweza kuwa gumbaru ukawa na hekima.”
Enock Maregesi

M.F. Moonzajer
“Illiteracy and stupidity are not quite different statuses; they are both the outcome of our lethargy and indolence.”
M.F. Moonzajer, LOVE, HATRED AND MADNESS

T.K. Naliaka
“If literacy was natural, the word ‘illiteracy’ would not exist.”
T.K. Naliaka, A Difficult Damsel to Rescue

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“To put an arrogant 'famous' writer in his place: pretend to be illiterate.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Illiteracy is the innability of a person to learn. It is not all about the innability to read or write as the middle class regards it.”
Paul Bamikole

T.K. Naliaka
“The French word 'Alphabétisme' may be a better term to remind us that literacy is simply about mastering the reading, writing and articulation of the alphabet, considered historically as a human 'invention' to produce a standardized and retrievable physical record of speech.”
T.K. Naliaka

Guy Davenport
“Olson's Maximus and Zukofsky's 'A' are too symbolically and verbally complex, respectively, to command large audiences especially in an age when a college degree is becoming a certificate of illiteracy.”
Guy Davenport

M.H. Rakib
“جہالت خُدا سے دوری کا ایک بڑا سبب ہے”
M.H. Rakib, The Cavalier

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