I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.
If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.
Books do furnish a room.
We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.
I have a real soft spot in my heart for librarians and people who care about books.
Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading.
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
How well he's read, to reason against reading!
Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.
Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.
There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.
'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
So many books, so little time.
What refuge is there for the victim who is oppressed with the feeling that there are a thousand new books he ought to read, while life is only long enough for him to attempt to read a hundred?
One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.
Books may well be the only true magic.
Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.
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