Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.
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.
Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
I cannot sit and think; books think for me.
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
The art of reading is to skip judiciously. Whole libraries may be skipped in these days, when we have the results of them in our modern culture without going over the ground again.
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
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.
The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
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.
Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader
We read to know we are not alone.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
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