Reader Quotes

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Fran Lebowitz
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
Fran 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.”
Nabokov Vladimi, 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

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

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

David Almond
“Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in their 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 journey of exploration and discovery.”
David Almond

Jennifer Niven
“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”
Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

Susan Cain
“Now that you're an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you're told that you're "in your head too much", a phrase that's often deployed against the quiet and cerebral.

Or maybe there's another word for such people: thinkers.”
Susan Cain

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

Kevin Smokler
“We lusty bibliophiles know that reading, unlike just about anything else, is both good for you and loads of fun.”
Kevin Smokler, Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times: A Collection of All Original Essays from Today's (and Tomorrow's) Young Authors on the State of the Art -- and the Art of the Hustle -- in the Age of Information Overload

Laini Taylor
“What's a horizon?' Lazlo asked, straight-faced. 'Is it like the end of an aisle of books?”
Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

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

Victor Hugo
“He loved books, those undemanding but faithful friends.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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

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

Michel Houellebecq
“Even in our deepest, most lasting friendships, we never speak as openly as when we face a blank page and address a reader we do not know.”
Michel Houellebecq, Soumission

Gabrielle Dubois
“Turn the page, your heroine is still there, breathe, relax, life is beautiful: you're in a book!”
Gabrielle Dubois

Gabrielle Dubois
“No happiness in the writer, no happiness in the reader.”
Gabrielle Dubois

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

Jodi Picoult
“But without a reader, a story is only half complete. It's like blueprints that never get built; like a swimming pool without water. The foundation's there, but it's useless. Without a reader, the words just sit on the page, waiting to come alive in someone's imagination.”
Jodi Picoult, Off the Page

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

Aman Jassal
“Read different to think differently; world is already into rat race.”
Aman Jassal, Rainbow - the shades of love

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

Diane Setterfield
“Reading had never let me down before. It had always been the one sure thing.”
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

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

Ashley Earley
“The hours tick by as I lie in bed.
Memories keep surfacing, tormenting me into unbelievable sadness. I can't bring myself to move. I can't fight the memories that keep filling my thoughts. I stay curled in the fetal position as each memory plays out. I can't stop them from coming. I can't make them go away. Nothing can distract me. I can't block the memories, so they continue to come.”
Ashley Earley, Alone in Paris

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