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  • Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
    * Joseph Addison


  • To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
    * Gaston Bachelard


  • The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
    * Stan Barstow


  • When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
    * John Berger


  • The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency--the belief that the here and now is all there is.
    * Allan Bloom


  • 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakeably meant for his ear.
    * Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.
    * André Gide


  • A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
    * Samuel Johnson


  • What is reading but silent conversation?
    * Walter Savage Landor


  • After all, the world is not a stage--not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches...and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be...Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it if he wants a safe seat in the audience--let him read someone else.
    * D. H. Lawrence


  • Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
    * Harper Lee


  • Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
    * Harriet Martineau


  • I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
    * Montesquieu


  • Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
    * William Penn


  • There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
    * Marina Tsvetaeva