My Favorite Quotes on Reading

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! ~Jane Austen

Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare. ~ Harriet Martineau

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ~ Edmund Burke

When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.~ Desiderius Erasmus

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, such is a pleasure beyond compare.~Kenko Yoshida

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. ~Jessamyn West

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. ~Franz Kafka

I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not assuage.~Charles Louis de Secondat

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting – Lady Montagu.(Ah well some things have changed since Lady Montagu uttered these profound words…reading aint so cheap no more but certainly continues to give everlasting pleasure)

Never judge a book by its movie. ~J.W. Eagan

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.~William B. “Bill” Watterson II, Author of the comic-strip Calvin and Hobbes

Readers may be divided into four classes: 1.) Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 2.) Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 3.) Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. 4.) Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Stories are, in one way or another, mirrors. We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn’t work. Like mirrors, stories prepare us for the day to come. They distract us from the things in the darkness.~Neil Gaiman

Every library tells its owner’s story – You may not be able to judge a book by its cover but you can judge people by their bookshelves.~ Lesley Gillilan.

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan

Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day,makes the day happier.~Kathleen Norris

The ultimate luxury is to reread: to revisit a book to see how time has treated it, how memory has distorted it, or how my own passing years have cast a new light on it.~Michael Upchurch

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.~Mortimer J. Adler

A room without a book is like a body without a soul.~Marcus Tullius Cicero

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.~Alan Bennett

Of course I loved books more than people. ~Diane Setterfield

It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book. ~Maureen Corrigan (Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books)



October 22, 2008. Tags: , , , . Books, Quotations, Reading.

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