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Reading Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Reading

Please enjoy these Reading Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

 

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

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.
- Albert Einstein

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The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

Education...
has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

A newspaper that you're not reading can be used for anything;
and the same people didn't think it was immoral to
wrap their garbage in newspaper.
- Robert Rauschenberg

I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific
Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical
generality and vagueness.
- Wilfred Owen

The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible
reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.
- Samuel Butler

I'm more of a visual person, but I think that reading's extremely important.
But I'm very easily distracted.
It takes certain books to really grab you in.
- Jason Marsden

The demand that I make of my reader is that he should
devote his whole Life to reading my works.
- James Joyce

At the same time, reading an action script...
It makes me wonder.
Was The Matrix a good script? I don't know.
- Shane West

Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal.
Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small,
highly educated class of professional people.
- Hugh Mackay

Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused
by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and
making the proper adjustments.
- Jim Evans

There's a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board.
I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
- Carrie Underwood

I was reading the poems of Rochester.
Rochester made himself out to be bisexual,
but I think that was only to shock.
Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
- Thom Gunn

I have been reading scripts, going to auditions and
looking for the right opportunities.
- Kevin Richardson

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

Reading makes immigrants of us all.
It takes us away from home, but more important,
it finds homes for us everywhere.
- Jean Rhys

You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too
much time reading this sort of stuff.
- Frank Crane

It's good to know how to read, but it's dangerous to
know how to read and not how to interpret what you're reading.
- Mike Tyson

Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading
and writing that bears his name and brings literacy,
independence, and productivity to the blind.
- Bob Ney

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp.
The reader, reading it, makes it live:
a live thing,
a story.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I had the advantage of reading the book,
and when the script was first submitted to me,
it was just another gangster story -
the east side taking over the west side and all that.
- Edward G. Robinson

My life as a working theorist began three months after
this preliminary study and background reading,
when Oscar gently nudged me toward working on a particular problem.
- Rudolph A. Marcus

American high school students trail teenagers from
14 European and Asian countries in reading,
math and science.
We're even trailing France.
- Suzanne Fields

Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible.
- Whittaker Chambers

We tend to put poems into factions.
And it restricts our reading.
- Thom Gunn

I, of course, wanted to do something with Drew Barrymore.
Please.
So we were reading scripts back and forth and then we found this script,
Fever Pitch.
- Jimmy Fallon

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while.
The first discipline of education must therefore be
to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
- Aleister Crowley

The thing I noticed about Jack was when we did a reading of the script,
just to warm up.
- Amanda Peet

I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of
literacy through reading and writing.
I wrote a book of short stories.
- Tom T. Hall

As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very
beginnings of my reading for pleasure,
I read a lot of non-fictional history,
particularly historical biography.
- Norman Spinrad

Court TV.
I can't stop watching it.
I am absolutely obsessed!
If I'm not reading a book or spending time with my husband,
my friends or my dog, I am watching Court TV.
- Debra Messing

After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
- Jean Cocteau

But by reading them again and again finally I was able
to grasp the essential part.
What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me!
I wept for joy.
- Ho Chi Minh

One must be an inventor to read well.
There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do believe that reading can help you understand what
you're writing and see what others are doing.
But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor.
- Manuel Puig

Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint.
- Mark Twain

Newspaper readership is declining like crazy.
In fact, there's a good chance that nobody is reading my column.
- Dave Barry

Reading is an art form, and every man can be an artist.
- Edwin Louis Cole

To limit the press is to insult a nation;
to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare
the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius

If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading
a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing.
- William Safire

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes.
It involves Russia.
- Woody Allen

I never read Playboy before I started working there
and stopped reading it the day I quit.
- Harold Ramis

I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare,
but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
- Spike Milligan

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't.
But style is at least partly a learned thing:
one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice -
by work.
- Donna Tartt

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation,
another hour or two in reading aloud,
a little geography and a little history and a little
physics made the day pass busily.
- Hudson Stuck

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

I am 82 years old.
I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading.
- Tony Hillerman

I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading,
so I awoke from sheer boredom.
- Heinrich Heine

When I read about the evils of drinking,
I gave up reading.
- Henny Youngman

Every time there's a revolution, it comes from somebody
reading a book about revolution.
David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing.
- Mike Tyson

I've always been that way.
I'm not very good at reading music but I'm pretty quick at picking things up.
- Roy Wood

The end of reading is not more books but more life.
- Holbrook Jackson

Reading is like the sex act - done privately,
and often in bed.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

I was taught a lot of Bible at home and had a voracious
appetite for reading the Bible.
- Amy Grant

What I was reading was already part of my psyche,
but finally someone else was saying it's okay to walk alone.
- Charlie Trotter

When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes,
aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen

Reading is my greatest luxury.
- Louise Brown

Physically I'm tired at the end of the day and quite
glad to be reading in bed by midnight.
- Bob Geldof

All over the country, they're reading about me,
and the story doesn't center on me being gay.
It's just about a gay person who is doing his job.
- Harvey Milk

Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind;
it forces you to stretch your own.
- Charles Scribner, Jr.

I like reading my bible, I like bible studies where
I get together with others and talk about the word
of God and how it relates to us and how we can change to become more like him.
- Bernhard Langer


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