About Reading

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” — Ray Bradbury

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” — Mark Twain

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges

“What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.” — E.M. Forster

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” — Oscar Wilde

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” — C.S. Lewis

“We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.” — T.S. Eliot

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” — Ernest Hemingway

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.” — William Styron

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.” — ‘The History Boys’ ; Alan Bennett