Quotes About Reading

Quotes tagged as "reading" (showing 811-840 of 3,000)
Maud Hart Lovelace
“Betsy returned to her chair, took off her coat and hat, opened her book and forgot the world again.”
Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

Anne Frank
“This week I've been reading a lot and doing little work. That's the way things ought to be. That's surely the road to success.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Bishop
“We know how it ends practically before it starts. That's why stories appeal to us. They give us the clarity and simplicity our real lives lack.”
Anne Bishop, Daughter of the Blood

John Green
“I bet if you look at the average teenager and the average adult, the average teenager has read more books in the last year than the average adult. Now of course the adult would be all like, 'I'm busy, I got a job, I got stuff to do.' WHATEVER! READ! I mean, you're watching CSI: Miami. Why would you be watching CSI: Miami, when you could be READING CSI: Miami, the novelization?”
John Green

Billy Collins
“I see all of us reading ourselves away from ourselves,
straining in circles of light to find more light
until the line of words becomes a trail of crumbs
that we follow across a page of fresh snow”
Billy Collins, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems

David Foster Wallace
“I read,' I say. 'I study and read. I bet I've read everything you've read. Don't think I haven't. I consume libraries. I wear out spines and ROM drives. I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Paula Fox
“When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener.”
Paula Fox

Francis Bacon
“Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.”
Francis Bacon

Alberto Manguel
“Life happened because I turned the pages.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

Laura Whitcomb
“He kissed me for a long moment, holding my shoulders, perhaps to keep me from pressing my whole body against his. Then he tried to lift my bag.

"My God," he said. "What happened?"

"I found out one may check out twenty books at a time from the school library.”
Laura Whitcomb, A Certain Slant of Light

Stephanie Connolly
“Read to escape reality . . . Write to embrace it.”
Stephanie Connolly

Pat Conroy
“A library could show you everything if you knew where to look.”
Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Virginia Woolf
“I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.”
Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf

Hugo Chávez
“I'm a reading addict. I can't live without it, like someone who is addicted to drugs.”
Hugo Chávez

Betty  Smith
“But the penciled sheets did not seem like nor smell like the library book so she had given it up, consoling herself with the vow that when she grew up, she would work hard, save money and buy every single book that she liked.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Patrick Ness
“I was a hugely unchaperoned reader, and I would wander into my local public library and there sat the world, waiting for me to look at it, to find out about it, to discover who I might be inside it."

[Patrick Ness slams library cuts (The Guardian, 23 June 2011)]”
Patrick Ness

Helen Keller
“I do not mean to object to a thorough knowledge of the famous works we read. I object only to the interminable comments and bewildering criticisms that teach but one thing: there are as many opinions as there are men.”
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Eudora Welty
“I wanted to read immediately. The only fear was that of books coming to an end.”
Eudora Welty

Samuel Butler
“The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.”
Samuel Butler

Gary Shteyngart
“Reading is entering into the consciousness of another human being.”
Gary Shteyngart

Daniel Pennac
“We keep quiet about what we read. Our enjoyment of a book remains a jealously guarded secret. Perhaps because there`s no need to talk, or because it takes time to distill what we've read before we can say anything. Silence is our guarantee of intimacy. We might have finished reading but we`re still living
the book.”
Daniel Pennac

Wilkie Collins
“The books—the generous friends who met me without suspicion—the merciful masters who never used me ill! The only years of my life that I can look back on with something like pride... Early and late, through the long winter nights and the quiet summer days, I drank at the fountain of knowledge, and never wearied of the draught.”
Wilkie Collins, Armadale

“The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.”
James Goldsmith

Jonathan Franzen
“Reading enables me to maintain a sense of something substantive– my ethical integrity, my intellectual integrity.”
Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

نجلاء حسن
“بربك لا تبكِ بكاء المظلوم !
إن زرت أوطاني يوماً ولمحت نوافذ إنتظاري مغلقة
وأبواب فقدي لك مؤصدة ،
بربك لا تبكِ بكاء المظلوم !
إن إحتفلوا بيوم ميلادك وبحثت عن صوتي بينهم ..
ولم تجده ؟ وبحثت عن هداياي من بين هداياهم ولم تصلك”
نجلاء حسن, قلب صام عن هوى الرجال

Henry Miller
“He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment.”
Henry Miller

Margaret Mahy
“Reading is very creative - it's not just a passive thing. I write a story; it goes out into the world; somebody reads it and, by reading it, completes it.”
Margaret Mahy

Isaac Asimov
“The age of the pulp magazine was the last in which youngsters, to get their primitive material, were forced to be literate.”
Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov

Laurence Cossé
“We have no time to waste on insignificant books, hollow books, books that are there to please...

We want books that cost their authors a great deal, books where you can feel the years of work, the backache, the writer's block, the author's panic at the thought that he might be lost: his discouragement, his courage, his anguish, his stubbornness, the risk of failure that he has taken.”
Laurence Cossé, A Novel Bookstore

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