Reading Quotes

Quotes tagged as "reading" (showing 241-270 of 3,000)
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Philip Pullman
“I write almost always in the third person, and I don't think the narrator is male or female anyway. They're both, and young and old, and wise and silly, and sceptical and credulous, and innocent and experienced, all at once. Narrators are not even human - they're sprites.”
Philip Pullman

Joan Didion
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
Joan Didion, The White Album

Virginia Woolf
“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Abraham Lincoln
“All I have learned, I learned from books.”
Abraham Lincoln

Diane Setterfield
“There are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime; you have to draw the line somewhere.”
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

Kurt Vonnegut
“I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Betty  Smith
“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Jorge Luis Borges
“A book is more than a verbal structure or series of verbal structures; it is the dialogue it establishes with its reader and the intonation it imposes upon his voice and the changing and durable images it leaves in his memory. A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.”
Jorge Luis Borges

Nicola Yoon
“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”
Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

Benjamin Franklin
“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.”
Benjamin Franklin

John Irving
“My life is a reading list.”
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

Eleanor Brown
“She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. "A few hundred," she said.
"How do you have the time?" he asked, gobsmacked.
She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging in dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in reflective surfaces? I am reading!
"I don't know," she said, shrugging.”
Eleanor Brown, The Weird Sisters

John Keats
“I have good reason to be content,
for thank God I can read and
perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.”
John Keats

Jorge Luis Borges
“Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights

Helen Keller
“Literature is my Utopia”
Helen Keller

Harold Bloom
“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.”
Harold Bloom

Malcolm X
“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

John Lubbock
“We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.”
John Lubbock, The Pleasures of Life

Roald Dahl
“I'm wondering what to read next." Matilda said. "I've finished all the children's books.”
Roald Dahl, Matilda

Thomas à Kempis
“In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro.

(Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.)
Thomas à Kempis

Arthur Conan Doyle
“There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

Bill Hicks
“I was in Nashville, Tennessee last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me: 'Hey, whatcha readin' for?' Isn't that the weirdest fuckin' question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, goddamnit, ya stumped me! Why do I read? Well . . . hmmm...I dunno...I guess I read for a lot of reasons and the main one is so I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress.”
Bill Hicks

William Shakespeare
“Me, poor man, my library
Was dukedom large enough.”
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Wisława Szymborska
“I'm old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.”
Wisława Szymborska, Nonrequired Reading

Mark Glamack
“If you surround yourself with the good and righteous, they can only raise you up. If you surround yourself with the others, they will drag you down into the doldrums of mediocrity, and they will keep you there, but only as long as you permit it.”
Mark Glamack

B.F. Skinner
“We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.”
B.F. Skinner

G.K. Chesterton
“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.”
G.K. Chesterton

Eudora Welty
“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them ...”
Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings

Brandon Sanderson
“It was amazing how many books one could fit into a room, assuming one didn't want to move around very much.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension

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