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Positive Quotes about Reading

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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Wisdom

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

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Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation,
which are as necessary as reading.
I will rather say more necessary
because health is worth more than learning.
- Thomas Jefferson

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain

 

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright

Education...
has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

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.
- Albert Einstein

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government.
- Thomas Jefferson

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

My reading is extremely eclectic.
Lately I've been teaching myself computer graphics,
so I'm reading a lot about that.
I read books of trivia, of facts.
- Jack Prelutsky

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down,
I was convulsed with laughter.
Someday I intend reading it.
- Groucho Marx

You can learn more about human nature by reading the
Bible than by living in New York.
- William Lyon Phelps

The other thing that happened in 1883 was my reading of Thoreau's Walden.
- Edward Carpenter

People looking at advertisements or reading their local
newspapers would have had no idea that what they were
reading was bought and paid for with their tax dollars.
- George Miller

What is reading, but silent conversation.
- Charles Lamb

The thing I noticed about Jack was when we did a reading of the script,
just to warm up.
- Amanda Peet

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore,
a duty.
It should be offered as a gift.
- Kate DiCamillo

And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading,
I began to write, like a clever monkey.
- Russell Banks

You didn't hear the angels singing.
It was brought down to Mother Earth,
which is where it should be.
And that led me to a lot of other reading.
- Harvey Keitel

I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific
Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical
generality and vagueness.
- Wilfred Owen

Research we've done seems to indicate that people who
are on the Net like the idea that they don't have to
leave what they are reading to go buy something.
- Jay Chiat

At the same time, reading an action script...
It makes me wonder.
Was The Matrix a good script? I don't know.
- Shane West

Reading, like writing, is a creative act.
If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book,
then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it.
- Ben Okri

I used to live a very social life and never spend much
solitary time looking at birds or reading.
- Lynda Barry

There are three kinds of men.
The one that learns by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
- Will Rogers

By crying on my bed, drinking quite a lot and feeling tempted by drugs.
Well, just not reading it to be perfectly honest with you.
I know it's a bit of a copout.
- Jo Brand

I had the advantage of reading the book,
and when the script was first submitted to me,
it was just another gangster story -
the east side taking over the west side and all that.
- Edward G. Robinson

I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.
- V. S. Naipaul

I just happen to like the work.
I like preparing for a role.
I like reading.
I like analyzing.
I like literature.
I like emotions.
I like working with other actors.
- Elle Macpherson

Reading a poem aloud to an audience is gestural as much as precise.
- Douglas Dunn

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's
head instead of with one's own.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain
a few odd volumes of Shakespeare.
I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for
the first time in a log cabin.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all
nature seems renewed around me and with me.
The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue,
the trees a deeper green.
The whole world is charged with the glory of God and
I feel fire and music under my feet.
- Thomas Merton

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes,
aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen

I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting
kind of writer when you give me a pen.
- J. M. Synge

Don't ask who's influenced me.
A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested,
and I've been reading all my life.
- Giorgos Seferis

I suppose if I was to have to pick a few,
Ursula LeGuin would have to top the list.
It was while reading her work that I decided I wanted to be an author.
- Sarah Zettel

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of
necessity has to argue that it is the only reading
of the human experience in order to stay alive.
- Chaim Potok

I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in it.
- Robert Sheckley

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading
books is a more and more unusual experience,
and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright

My early and invincible love of reading I would not
exchange for all the riches of India.
- Edward Gibbon

I like the storytelling and reading the letters,
the long-distance dedications.
Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level,
you're really connecting.
- Casey Kasum

In reading plays, however, it should always be remembered that any play,
however great, loses much when not seen in action.
- George P. Baker

All over the country, they're reading about me,
and the story doesn't center on me being gay.
It's just about a gay person who is doing his job.
- Harvey Milk

From reading too much, and sleeping too little,
his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.
- Miguel de Cervantes

I started reading when I was about three,
a little over three.
- Chuck Jones

The first reading of a Will, where a person dies worth anything considerable,
generally affords a true test of the relations' love to the deceased.
- Samuel Richardson

When I got to the reading all the work,
I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental
play that I'd already written.
And I didn't want to be an actor.
- David Antin

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while.
The first discipline of education must therefore be
to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
- Aleister Crowley

In some areas I am more noted for reading then I am for cookies!
- Wally Amos

I'm concentrating on staying healthy,
having peace, being happy, remembering what is important,
taking in nature and animals, spending time reading,
trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet.
- Joan Jett

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- John Barton

I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading,
so I awoke from sheer boredom.
- Heinrich Heine

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do finish reading a script and say,
Why are they making it and what are they talking about?
I like to try and be responsible in my choices in that way.
- Jennifer Connelly

I have been reading Stephen King since CARRIE and hope
to read him for many years to come.
- Dean Koontz

Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good
substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the
leisure of the labouring classes.
- James Madison

I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available
to the reading public at a reasonable price.
- Walter Jon Williams

I didn't start working on children's books until I
got a job at a book warehouse on the children's floor.
When I started reading some of the books,
I was so impressed.
- Kate DiCamillo

I certainly gained a lot by reading about Shanghai.
- Ralph Fiennes

My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish.
Don't forget that their support and their reading of
my works is what brought me the Nobel prize.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I've always loved to read.
But sometimes I go for a year without reading,
because I forget to.
- Norah Jones


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