I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Book + Reading quotes ⇑Book Quotes
Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.
Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.
I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.
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.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.
Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.
My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don't you agree?
Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them
Short + Reading quotes ⇑Short Quotes
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
I read; I travel; I become
Literature is my Utopia
Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.
Humor + Reading quotes ⇑Humor Quotes
If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
Generally speaking, books don't cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.
I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.
Don't you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.
No. I can survive well enough on my own- if given the proper reading material.
All reading Quotes ⇑
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.
I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.
It's strange to describe reading a book as a really great experience, but that's kind of how it felt.
Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape -- I didn't read to learn, I was reading to read.
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I'm like that. If I stop reading, I die.
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read.
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.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
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.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Don't just teach your children to read... Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
If you read one hour, then write two hours, think three hours, and meditate all the time.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn't sleep at all.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.
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.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.
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.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.
Many people read constantly and yet cannot tell you what they have read. The best way to read a book is to introspect about it. See how it applies to your own life. And learn to discriminate.
Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
Reading does not make you wise, realization does.
I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.
I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.
So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.
"Embarrassed someone would see you and think you're capable of reading?” “I do have a reputation to maintain.” “And what a lovely reputation that is."
I was burning through books every day - stories about people and places I'd never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.