Quotes About Reading

Quotes tagged as "reading" (showing 181-210 of 3,000)
Benedict Cumberbatch
“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Catherynne M. Valente
“It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Virginia Woolf
“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.”
Virginia Woolf, The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three, 1923-1928

Sasha Alsberg
“Honestly, I hate when in books, the guys changes the girl's life. Like, no. The girl needs to change her own life.”
Sasha Alsberg

Clive Barker
“Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.”
Clive Barker, Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three

Lloyd Alexander
“Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.”
Lloyd Alexander

Mary Ann Shaffer
“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”
Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Joseph Campbell
“Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.”
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Markus Zusak
“My arms are killing me.
I didn't know words could be so heavy.”
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

G.K. Chesterton
“People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.”
G.K. Chesterton

Anne Fadiman
“If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.”
Anne Fadiman

Markus Zusak
“As always, one of her books was next to her.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Carl Sagan
Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”
Carl Sagan

Anne Fadiman
“My daughter is seven, and some of the other second-grade parents complain that their children don't read for pleasure. When I visit their homes, the children's rooms are crammed with expensive books, but the parent's rooms are empty. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. By contrast, when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says 'PRIVATE--GROWNUPS KEEP OUT': a child sprawled on the bed, reading.”
Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

A.J. Jacobs
“My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.”
A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

أنيس منصور
“لو سُئلت :ماالذي تتمنى أن تشربه دون أن تفيق ؟، لقلت : عصير الكتب ، خلاصة الفكر ، مسحوق الفلسفة”
أنيس منصور, في صالون العقاد كانت لنا أيام

Simon Van Booy
“[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.”
Simon Van Booy

Albert Einstein
“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”
Albert Einstein

Umberto Eco
“I love the smell of book ink in the morning.”
Umberto Eco

Emily Dickinson
“There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.”
Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems

Arthur Conan Doyle
“I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Edmund Burke
“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
Edmund Burke

Patrick Rothfuss
“I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.”
Patrick Rothfuss

Alberto Manguel
“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

Italo Calvino
“If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Dean Koontz
“She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.”
Dean Koontz, Lightning

Edgar Allan Poe
“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down."

[Letter to J. Beauchamp Jones, August 8, 1839]”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope
“That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.”
Anthony Trollope

Arthur Schopenhauer
“When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. In learning to write, the pupil goes over with his pen what the teacher has outlined in pencil: so in reading; the greater part of the work of thought is already done for us. This is why it relieves us to take up a book after being occupied with our own thoughts. And in reading, the mind is, in fact, only the playground of another’s thoughts. So it comes about that if anyone spends almost the whole day in reading, and by way of relaxation devotes the intervals to some thoughtless pastime, he gradually loses the capacity for thinking; just as the man who always rides, at last forgets how to walk. This is the case with many learned persons: they have read themselves stupid.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

Marcel Proust
“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.”
Marcel Proust

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