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Quotes About Reading

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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

Betty  Smith
“The world was hers for the reading.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Gaiman
“[D]on't ever apologize 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 apologize 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen King
“A short story is a different thing all together - a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
Stephen King, Skeleton Crew

Jasper Fforde
“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.”
Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

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

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

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

“It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others - even my nearest and dearest - there always comes a moment when I'd rather be reading a book.”
Maureen Corrigan, Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books

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

Arnold Lobel
“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
Arnold Lobel

Anne Lamott
“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Lemony Snicket
“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don't read is often as important as what you do read.”
Lemony Snicket

John Berger
“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.”
John Berger, Keeping a Rendezvous

E. Nesbit
“There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat. Amabel did both: they are not the same thing, as you will see if you think the matter over.”
E. Nesbit, The Magic World

Mark Twain
“I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
Mark Twain

Ursula K. Le Guin
“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel... is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

W. Somerset Maugham
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

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