Quotes About Reading

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Caroline Kepnes
“The problem with books is that they end.”
Caroline Kepnes, You

Pat Conroy
“The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave
anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the
genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.
Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a
ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in "Lonesome Dove" and had
nightmares about slavery in "Beloved" and walked the streets of Dublin in
"Ulysses" and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my
mother killed by a baseball in "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I've been in ten
thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers
in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous
English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and
women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me
when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English
language. ”
Pat Conroy

Samuel Johnson
“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”
Samuel Johnson, Works of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson
“I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.”
Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies - Vol II

Andrew Lang
“Young men, especially in America, write to me and ask me to recommend “a course of reading.” Distrust a course of reading! People who really care for books read all of them. There is no other course.”
Andrew Lang, Adventures Among Books

Thomas Wharton
“An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.”
Thomas Wharton

Laurie Halse Anderson
“Censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anybody. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in the darkness and makes them vulnerable. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Our children cannot afford to have the truth of the world withheld from them”
Laurie Halse Anderson

Anna Quindlen
“the joy of someone who had been a reader all her life, whose world had been immeasurably enlarged by the words of others.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

Mark Twain
“من لا يريد القراءة ليس بأفضل ممن لا يستطيع القراءة”
Mark Twain

William Godwin
“He that loves reading has everything within his reach.”
William Godwin

Alice Hoffman
“He started to look at me in a manner I recognized: it was the way I looked at a new book, one I had never read before, one that surprised me with all it had to say.”
Alice Hoffman, Blackbird House

Nick Hornby
“In other words, it's one of those books you thrust on your partner with an incredulous cry of "This is me!”
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

William Goldman
“When was the last time you read a book? The truth now. And picture books don't count-I mean something with print in it.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Laura Lippman
“Reading was not a fallback position for her but an ideal state of being.”
Laura Lippman, What the Dead Know

Susan Sontag
“Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn't worth re-reading.”
Susan Sontag

محمد متولي الشعراوي
“أنا أنصح من يقرأ القرآن الكريم للتعبد .. ألا يشغلَ نفسه بالتفكير في المعنى أما الذي يقرأ القرآن ليستنبط منه فليقف على اللفظ و المعنى .. فإذا قرأتَ القرآن لتتعبد فاقرأه بِسرّ اللَّه فيه .. ولو جلست تبحث عن المعنى .. تكون قد حددتَ معنى القرآن الكريم بمعلوماتك أنت .. وتكون قد أخذت المعنى ناقصًا نقصَ فكر البشر ... ولكن اقرأ القرآن بسر اللَّه فيه.”
محمد متولي الشعراوي, كيف تقرأ القرآن الكريم وتحفظه

James Frey
“The Babar the Elephant book is sitting in front of me. I pick it up and start reading it. I remember reading it as a small Boy and enjoying it and imagining that I was friends with Babar, his constant Companion during all of his adventures. He went to the moon, I went with him. He fought Tomb Raiders in Egypt, I fought alongside him. He rescued his elephant girlfriend from Ivory Hunters on the Savanna, I coordinated the getaway. I loved that goddamn Elephant and I loved being his friend. In a childhood full of unhappiness and rage, Babar is one of the few pleasant memories that I have. Me and Babar, kicking some motherfucking ass.”
James Frey

Woody Allen
“I read in self-defense.”
Woody Allen

Benjamin Disraeli
“When I want to read a novel, I write one.”
Benjamin Disraeli

Annie Dillard
“Books swept me away, this way and that, one after the other; I made endless vows according to their lights for I believed them.”
Annie Dillard

Never force yourself to read a book that you do not enjoy. There are so
“Never force yourself to read a book that you do not enjoy. There are so many good books in the world that it is foolish to waste time on one that does not give you pleasure.”
Atwood H. Townsend, Good Reading

Elias Canetti
“There are books, that one has for twenty years without reading them, that one always keeps at hand, that one takes along from city to city, from country to country, carefully packed, even when there is very little room, and perhaps one leafs through them while removing them from a trunk; yet one carefully refrains from reading even a complete sentence. Then after twenty years, there comes a moment when suddenly, as though under a high compulsion, one cannot help taking in such a book from beginning to end, at one sitting: it is like a revelation. Now one knows why one made such a fuss about it. It had to be with one for a long time; it had to travel; it had to occupy space; it had to be a burden; and now it has reached the goal of its voyage, now it reveals itself, now it illuminates the twenty bygone years it mutely lived with one. It could not say so much if it had not been there mutely the whole time, and what idiot would dare to assert that the same things had always been in it.”
Elias Canetti, The Human Province

Tom Bissell
“Reading gives one something to think about other than one's self.”
Tom Bissell

Arthur Conan Doyle
“I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, or how lonely the room which it adorns. Close the door of that room behind you, shut off with it all the cares of the outer world, plunge back into the soothing company of the great dead, and then you are through the magic portal into that fair land whither worry and vexation can follow you no more. You have left all that is vulgar and all that is sordid behind you. There stand your noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks. Pass your eye down their files. Choose your man. And then you have but to hold up your hand to him and away you go together into dreamland”
Arthur Conan Doyle, Through The Magic Door

André Breton
“Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that leads to everything.”
André Breton

Ray Bradbury
“..holding a book but reading the empty spaces.”
Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Lin Yutang
“The man who has not the habit of reading is imprisoned in his immediate world, in respect to time and space. His life falls into a set routine; he is limited to contact and conversation with a few friends and acquaintances, and he sees only what happens in his immediate neighbourhood. From this prison there is no escape. But the moment he takes up a book, he immediately enters a different world, and if it is a good book, he is immediately put in touch with one of the best talkers of the world. This talker leads him on and carries him into a different country or a different age, or unburdens to him some of his personal regrets, or discusses with him some special line or aspect of life that the reader knows nothing about. An ancient author puts him in communion with a dead spirit of long ago, and as he reads along, he begins to imagine what the ancient author looked like and what type of person he was.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

Stefan Zweig
“For this quiet, unprepossessing, passive man who has no garden in front of his subsidised flat, books are like flowers. He loves to line them up on the shelf in multicoloured rows: he watches over each of them with an old-fashioned gardener's delight, holds them like fragile objects in his thin, bloodless hands.”
Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl

John Waters
“[W]hat I like best is staying home and reading. Being rich is not about how many homes you own. It’s the freedom to pick up any book you want without looking at the price and wondering whether you can afford it.”
John Waters

Vladimir Nabokov
“We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new worlds with live people, speaking, weeping, laughing. We take it for granted so simply that in a sense, by the very act of brutish routine acceptance, we undo the work of the ages, the history of the gradual elaboration of poetical description and construction, from the treeman to Browning, from the caveman to Keats. What if we awake one day, all of us, and find ourselves utterly unable to read? I wish you to gasp not only at what you read but at the miracle of its being readable.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

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