13 Quotes on Reading

28 10 2010

This morning I took some time to select 13 quotes on reading.  Reading, to a writer, is every bit as important as writing.  We have to step out of our own little books every blue moon and sample the wondrous works of art that others have created.  It is both stimulating for our minds–and creativity–and soothing rest for us as human beings.

As you read these quotes this morning, keep in mind how you can learn–and enjoy–reading from other authors, and how to be selective about what you read as well.


1. “There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.”
-Clarence Day

2. “By elevating your reading, you will improve your writing or at least tickle your thinking.”
-William Safire

3. “Beware of the man of one book.”
-Thomas Aquinas

4. “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”
-Mortimer J. Adler

5. “Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.”
-Augustine Birrell

6. “A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.”
-Albert Camus

7. “The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.”
-Thomas Carlyle

8. “Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.”
-Lord Chesterfield

9. “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”
Joseph Joubert

10. “Choose an author as you choose a friend.”
-Sir Christopher Wren

11. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
-Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

12. “No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.”
-Robert Byrne

13. “What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us.”
-Thomas Carlyle




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