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Words of Wisdom on Reading

A book is a gift you can open time and time again.
~ Garrison Keillor

The person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who can't read them.
~ Mark Twain

You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.
~ Charles "Tremendous" Jones

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.
~ Dr. Seuss

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
~ B. F. Skinner

Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
~ Bert Williams

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~ Joseph Addison

A library is a hospital for the mind.
~ Anonymous

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.
~ Maya Angelou

I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books.
~ Anonymous

Beware of the man of one book.
~ Thomas Aquinas

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
~ Joseph Brodsky

When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.
~ Rita Mae Brown

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
~ Emilie Buchwald

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
~ Edmund Burke

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

All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been―it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
~ Thomas Carlyle

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity.
~ Thomas Carlyle

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.
~ Mary Ellen Chase

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.
~ Christopher Dawson

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.
~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To Influence is to change
To change is to live.
~ Jane Evershed

Read, read, read.
~ William Faulkner

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one
on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
~ W. Fusselman

The libraries have become my candy store.
~ Juliana Kimball

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
~ James Russell Lowell

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating
consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
~ Anna Quindlen

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

A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end.
You should live several lives while reading it.
~ William Styron

No matter how busy you may think you are,
you must find time for reading,
or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
~ Atwood H. Townsend

Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous

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