Quotes About Literacy

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Mark Twain
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
Mark Twain

Frederick Douglass
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglass

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

Carl Sagan
“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
Carl Sagan

Malcolm X
“People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.”
Malcolm X

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson
“People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Abigail Adams
“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
Abigail Adams

Jan Karon
“As long as you have any floor space at all, you have room for books! Just make two stacks of books the same height, place them three or four feet apart, lay a board across them, and repeat. Viola! Bookshelves!”
Jan Karon

Frank Serafini
“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”
Frank Serafini

Art Spiegelman
“Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.”
Art Spiegelman

Kofi Annan
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
Kofi Annan

Ambeth R. Ocampo
“School made us 'literate' but did not teach us to read for pleasure.”
Ambeth R. Ocampo

Thomas Carlyle
“All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.”
Thomas Carlyle

Walter Tevis
“I feel free and strong. If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way. Whatever may happen to me, thank God that I can read, that I have truly touched the minds of other men.”
Walter Tevis, Mockingbird

Vera Nazarian
“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”
Vera Nazarian

“You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me.”
Strickland Gillian

Mark Twain
“من لا يريد القراءة ليس بأفضل ممن لا يستطيع القراءة”
Mark Twain

“Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words?”
Martin Freeman

Jackson Pearce
“Who made you Queen of Literacy? Go sit in your car!”
Jackson Pearce

John Steinbeck
“Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don't believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.”
John Steinbeck

Roald Dahl
“It wasn't raindrops at all. It was a great solid mass of water that might have been a lake or a whole ocean dropping out of the sky on top of them, and down it came, down and down and down, crashing first onto the seagulls and then onto the peach itself, while the poor travelers shrieked with fear and groped around frantically for something to catch hold of- the peach stem, the silk strings, anything they could find- and all the time the water came pouring and roaring down upon them, bouncing and smashing and sloshing and slashing and swashing and swirling and surging and whirling and gurgling and gushing and rushing and rushing, and it was like being pinned down underneath the biggest waterfall in the world and not being able to get out.”
Roald Dahl

“Art is literacy of the heart.”
Elliot Eisner

Kofi Annan
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”
Kofi Annan

Margaret Atwood
“There's nothing like a shovel full of dirt to encourage literacy.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Karen Witemeyer
“Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Them when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.”
Karen Witemeyer

Carl Sagan
“All over the world there are enormous numbers of smart, even gifted, people who harbor a passion for science. But that passion is unrequited. Surveys suggest that some 95 percent of Americans are “scientifically illiterate.” That’s just the same fraction as those African Americans, almost all of them slaves, who were illiterate just before the Civil War—when severe penalties were in force for anyone who taught a slave to read. Of course there’s a degree of arbitrariness about any determination of illiteracy, whether it applies to language or to science. But anything like 95 percent illiteracy is extremely serious.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Stanisław Lem
“No one reads; if someone does read, he doesn't understand; if he understands, he immediately forgets.”
Stanisław Lem

Rumer Godden
“When you learn to read you will be born again...and you will never be quite so alone again.”
Rumer Godden

John  Adams
“When writing the constitution for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, John Adams wrote:
I must judge for myself, but how can I judge, how can any man judge, unless his mind has been opened and enlarged by reading.”
John Adams

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