Quotes About Reading

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”

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-Paul Auster

“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”

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-Pat Conroy

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”

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-Oscar Wilde

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

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-Oscar Wilde

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

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-Oscar Wilde

“I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”

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-Oscar Wilde

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

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-Oscar Wilde

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”

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-Orhan Pamuk

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”

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-Nora Ephron

“[D]on’t ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read…”

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-Neil Gaiman

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

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-Mortimer J. Adler

“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”

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-Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

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-Mark Twain

“A word after a word after a word is power.”

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-Margaret Atwood

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”

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-Margaret Fuller

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”

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-Robert Frost

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

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-Ray Bradbury

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

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-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”

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-Paul Auster

“You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”

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-Pat Conroy
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