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

Matt Groening

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A good word is like a good tree whose root is firmly fixed and whose top is in the sky.


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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

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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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

He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech.

Richard Darman

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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

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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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

The cruelest thing anyone can do to Portnoy's Complaint is to read it twice.

Irving Howe

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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

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

Hard writing makes easy reading.

Wallace Stegner

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

Thomas Hardy

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

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

Clarence Day

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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

If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.

Francois Fenelon

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