Quotes About Reading

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Annie Dillard
“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
Annie Dillard, The Living

Stendhal
“A good book is an event in my life.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

François Mauriac
“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”
François Mauriac

Honoré de Balzac
“Reading brings us unknown friends”
Honoré de Balzac

C.S. Lewis
“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”
C.S. Lewis

David Mitchell
“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Karen Marie Moning
“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with. Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.”
Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

George Orwell
“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
George Orwell, 1984

John Green
“Have you really read all those books in your room?”

Alaska laughing- “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

Sarah J. Maas
“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Robert Louis Stevenson
“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson

Joyce Carol Oates
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.”
Joyce Carol Oates

Fernando Pessoa
“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Thomas Babington Macaulay
“What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!”
Thomas Babington Macaulay, The Selected Letters Of Thomas Babington Macaulay

Margaret Atwood
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood

Neil Gaiman
“[D]on't ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read...”
Neil Gaiman

Annie Proulx
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
Annie Proulx

Oscar Wilde
“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Steven Spielberg
“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.”
Steven Spielberg

Louis L'Amour
“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”
Louis L'Amour, Matagorda/The First Fast Draw

Roberto Bolaño
“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666

Stephen Fry
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
Stephen Fry

Stephen King
“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
Stephen King, Skeleton Crew

Joseph Joubert
“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”
Joseph Joubert

Stéphane Mallarmé
“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.”
Stéphane Mallarmé

Franz Kafka
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
Franz Kafka

Jules Verne
“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Malcolm X
“My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”
Malcolm X

Hilary Mantel
“Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

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