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Reading Quotes
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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
-Dr. Seuss
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"I can't believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!"
-Matt Groening
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"Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one."
-Robert Byrne
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"A good word is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed and whose top is in the sky."
-Quran
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"While we read history we make history."
-George William Curtis
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"The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable."
-Anatole Broyard
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"A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators."
-Augustine Birrell
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"The way a book is read - which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book - can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts in it. Anyone who can read, can learn to read deeply and thus live more fully."
-Norman Cousins
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"I always read everything on the desks of people I went to see in Moscow, London, Paris I found it quite useful."
-W. Averell Harriman
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"Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading."
-Rufus Choate
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"Some read books only with a view to find fault, while others read only to be taught; the former are like venomous spiders, extracting a poisonous quality, where the latter, like the bees, sip out a sweet and profitable juice."
-L. Estrange
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"When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings."
-Harold S. Geneen
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"I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve."
-Charles de Montesquieu
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"In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read."
-S. I. Hayakawa
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"The cruelest thing anyone can do to Portnoy's Complaint is to read it twice."
-Irving Howe
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"Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable."
-Aneurin Bevan
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"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch."
-August Hare
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"I thought I'd begin by reading a sonnet by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine."
-Spike Milligan
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"If a man spends enough time in a library, he may actually change his mind. I have seen it happen."
-Roger Rosenblatt
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"Hard writing makes easy reading."
-Wallace Stegner
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"Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book."
-Charles Kingsley
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"No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure."
-Thomas Hardy
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"Reading is to the mind what exercising is to the body."
-Richard Steele, Sr.
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"I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes."
-Joseph Priestley
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"It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him."
-Jim Bishop
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"There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing."
-Clarence Day
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"For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time."
-Louis L'Amour
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"[Readers] who like facts will be better off with a straight history that spares them all the forelock tugging and teacup tinkling."
-Rhoda Koenig
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