Quotes to Read By

“If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom in Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.” – Francois FeNelon

“The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius

“The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man: nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on. Still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts, of the hearts of men centuries dead.” – Clarence Day

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

“The person who deserves most pity is the lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” – Benjamin Franklin

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.” -Christopher Morley

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations – something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” – Katherine Paterson

“Children’s literature is our national potato…So many of the dreams and goals we have for our children, and that they have for themselves, can be advanced through the use of children’s literature. So much of the blame exchanged between school, community, and family about education’s failure can be converted into shared responsibility and success through children’s literature. But the thing is, if you hand somebody a potato, or if you hand somebody a children’s book, and he doesn’t know how to cook….well, then.” – Esme Raji Codell

“Once started, the library is the biggest, blasted Cracker Jack factory in the world. The more you eat, the more you want.” – Ray Bradbury

“It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” – S.I. Hayakawa

“A single book at the right time can change our views dramatically, give a quantum boost to our knowledge, help us construct a whole new outlook on the world and our life. Isn’t it odd that we don’t seek those experiences more systematically?” – Steve Leveen

“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” – Ezra Pound

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.” – B.F. Skinner

“After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.” – Jim Rohn

“Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.” – Steven Spielberg

“Never judge a book by its movie.” – J.W. Eagan

“The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.” – Jim Trelease

“Life is a perpetual plot to keep us from reading.” – Daniel Pennac

“Read as you taste fruit, or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love, or life.” George Holbrook Jackson

“Some people will lie, cheat, steal, and back-stab to get ahead…and to think, all they have to do is READ.” – Fortune Magazine

“Books are uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

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