I can't believe it! Reading and writing actually paid off!

Matt Groening

Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.

Robert Byrne

While we read history we make history.

George William Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.

Charles de Montesquieu

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

Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.

Aneurin Bevan

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

I divide all readers into two classes: Those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

William Lyon Phelps

If a man spends enough time in a library, he may actually change his mind. I have seen it happen.

Roger Rosenblatt

Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.

Charles Kingsley

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.

Thomas Hardy

Reading is to the mind what exercising is to the body.

Richard Steele, Sr.

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

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

[Readers] who like facts will be better off with a straight history that spares them all the forelock tugging and teacup tinkling.

Rhoda Koenig