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Frances Ann Lebowitz
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Margaret Fuller
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
Margaret Fuller

Vladimir Nabokov
“I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

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

Vladimir Nabokov
“A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle...”
Vladimir Nabokov

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

David Almond
“Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in there jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you're off on a journy of exploration and discovery.”
David Almond

Alberto Manguel
“We can imagine the books we'd like to read, even if they have not yet been written, and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess, even if they are well beyond our reach, because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of our interests and every one of our foibles--a library that, in its variety and complexity, fully reflects the reader we are.”
Alberto Manguel

Vladimir Nabokov
“The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Alberto Manguel
“Every reader exists to ensure for a certain book a modest immortality. Reading is, in this sense, a ritual of rebirth.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Alberto Manguel
“Our society accepts the book as a given, but the act of reading -- once considered useful and important, as well as potentially dangerous and subversive -- is now condescendingly accepted as a pastime, a slow pastime that lacks efficiency and does not contribute to the common good.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Alberto Manguel
“Readers, censors know, are defined by the books they read.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Alberto Manguel
“But a reader's ambition knows no bounds.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Paul Theroux
“Reading alters the appearance of a book. Once it has been read, it never looks the same again, and people leave their individual imprint on a book they have read. Once of the pleasures of reading is seeing this alteration on the pages, and the way, by reading it, you have made the book yours.”
Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas

Gustave Flaubert
“Better to work for yourself alone. You do as you like and follow your own ideas, you admire yourself and please yourself: isn’t that the main thing? And then the public is so stupid. Besides, who reads? And what do they read? And what do they admire?”
Gustave Flaubert

Lawrence Clark Powell
“Books themselves need no defense. Their spokesmen come and go, their readers live and die, they remain constant.”
Lawrence Clark Powell

Frances Ann Lebowitz
“فكر قبل أن تتكلم، واقرأ قبل أن تفكر”
Frances Ann Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

Bernhard Schlink
“The Odyssey is the story of motion both purposeful and purposeless, successful and futile. What else is the history of law?”
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader

Toba Beta
“The great writer evokes the words
that buried within hearts of readers.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

M.R. Mathias
“We love books because they are the greatest escape. That is because our own minds eye is the purest form of virtual reality.”
M.R. Mathias

Alberto Manguel
“As readers, we have gone from learning a precious craft whose secret was held by a jealous few, to taking for granted a skin that has become subordinate to principles of mindless financial profit or mechanical efficiency, a skill for which governments care almost nothing.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Alberto Manguel
“Every reader has found charms by which to secure possession of a page that, by magic, becomes as if never read before, fresh and immaculate.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Félix J. Palma
“Merrick belonged to that class of reader who was able to forget with amazing ease the hand moving the characters behind the scenes of the novel.”
Félix J. Palma, The Map of Time

“I used to always read with a pen in my hand, as if the author and I were in a conversation. ”
Tara Bray Smith

“The serious reader in the age of technology is a rebel by definition: a protester without a placard, a Luddite without hammer or bludgeon. She reads on planes to picket the antiseptic nature of modern travel, on commuter trains to insist on individualism in the midst of the herd, in hotel rooms to boycott the circumstances that separate her from her usual sources of comfort and stimulation, during office breaks to escape from the banal conversation of office mates, and at home to revolt against the pervasive and mind-deadening irrelevance of television.”
Eric Burns, The Joy of Books

Peter Ackroyd
“For when I trace back the years I have liv'd, gathering them up in my Memory, I see what a chequer'd Work Of Nature my life has been. If I were now to inscribe my own History with its unparalleled Sufferings and surprizing Adventures (as the Booksellers might indite it), I know that the great Part of the World would not believe the Passages there related, by reason of the Strangeness of them, but I cannot help their Unbelief; and if the Reader considers them to be but dark Conceits, then let him bethink himself that Humane life is quite out of the Light and that we are all Creatures of Darknesse.”
Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor

Don DeLillo
“When my head is in the typewriter the last thing on my mind is some imaginary reader. I don’t have an audience; I have a set of standards. But when I think of my work out in the world, written and published, I like to imagine it’s being read by some stranger somewhere who doesn’t have anyone around him to talk to about books and writing—maybe a would-be writer, maybe a little lonely, who depends on a certain kind of writing to make him feel more comfortable in the world.”
Don DeLillo

Toba Beta
“It ain't just about writing on some documents,
author writes on to the readers' heart and mind.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Jarod Kintz
“My asshole smells like a bookstore. So, are you a big reader?
”
Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

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