Quotes and Sayings about Reading



"Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading."
- M. H. Abrams
(Related: Work, Hard work, Reading)

"I keep reading between the lies."
- Goodman Ace
(Related: Lies, Reading)

"Learn as much by writing as by reading."
- Lord Acton
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Body, Exercise, Mind, Reading)

"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Life, Living, Reading)

"There is only one situation I can think of in which men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do. It is when they are in love and reading a love letter."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Effort, Reading)

"I love doing normal things - movies, shopping, going out with friends, writing, reading, taking hot bubble baths - that's a big one for relaxation. I also love to go to art and history museums."
- Christina Aguilera
(Related: Art, History, Love, Movies, Friends, Museums, Reading, Relaxation, Writing)

"I've done both theatre and film and the fact is if you start believing, if you start reading things and they're good reviews - you believe that and you're lost, and then you read bad reviews and you think that's true and you read that and you're lost."
- Jenny Agutter
(Related: Fact, Film, Reading, Theatre)

"I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Peace, War, Russia)

"I'm good at reading people."
- Al Alvarez
(Related: People, Reading)

"Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen."
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Reading)

"Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Poetry, Class, First, Poems, Reading, Teaching)

"In some areas I am more noted for reading then I am for cookies!"
- Wally Amos
(Related: Reading)

"We met with the poet Frank O'Hara, who was a link between Upper and Lower Bohemia, and who worked at the Museum of Modern Art, where we had hoped to do the readings."
- David Amram
(Related: Art)

"That is what I did with Jack, and that's why he liked to do the readings with me because he knew I was there for him, and for our ability to blend the poetry and the music."
- David Amram
(Related: Music, Poetry, Ability)

"That by listening to some music, by reading some books, by looking at paintings, and most important by hanging out with one another - by collaborating with one another and creating your own network - you can achieve something that is much better than what is out there."
- David Amram
(Related: Music, Books, Listening, Network, Reading)

"I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Change, Opportunity, Hope, Day, Reading)

"I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it. Then I'd go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Home, Science, Time, Work, Day, Fiction, Night, Reading, Research)

"Dr. Phil was very helpful and caring. I believe he helped all of us there and watching how to better relate, understand, and communicate with our families and loved ones. Dr. Phil recommended reading my new book."
- Louie Anderson
(Related: Caring, Reading)

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Habit, Deep, Needs, Reading)

"When I got to the reading all the work, I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental play that I'd already written. And I didn't want to be an actor."
- David Antin
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Play, Reading, Want)

"No one bothered reading the books and understanding - and again, I'm not being high-falutin' about it - but I think our books are great literature with great metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes."
- Avi Arad
(Related: Life, Being, Books, Literature, Metaphors, Reading, Understanding)

"Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They've already passed their test in life. They're aristocrats."
- Diane Arbus
(Related: Life, Experience, People)

"It sounds extraordinary but it's a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading."
- Mary Archer
(Related: Balance, Fact, Reading)

"After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Religion, Nothing, Reading, Religious, Years)

"Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others."
- Antonin Artaud
(Related: Poetry, Poets, Reading, Worth)

"In our fathers' time nothing was read but books of feigned chivalry, wherein a man by reading should be led to none other end, but only to manslaughter and bawdry."
- Roger Ascham
(Related: Time, Books, Chivalry, End, Fathers, Man, Nothing, Reading)

"He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Men, Life, Contemplation, Reading)

"When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Being, Day, Prison, Reading)

"I think people enjoy reading about money, but the people who are in charge of giving me guidance tell me not to talk about it in interviews. Why not? That's what everybody thinks about."
- Sean Astin
(Related: Money, People, Giving, Guidance, Reading, Talk)

"And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Beginning, Reading, Word)

"An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Quality, American, Day, Present, Quantity, Reading, State, World)

"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Man, Reading, Writing)

"In reading plays, however, it should always be remembered that any play, however great, loses much when not seen in action."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Action, Play, Reading)

"That was the problem with reading: you always had to pick up again at the very thing that had made you stop reading the day before."
- Nicholson Baker
(Related: Day, Reading)

"Land bridges were everywhere during the extinction, many species were spreading, and there were many diseases."
- Robert T. Bakker
(Related: Land)

"A second characteristic of our time is the prevalence of nationalism. This is still spreading, affecting new communities, more peripheral regions and so-called backward peoples."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Time, Nationalism)

"I mean, first of all, let me say whichever superhero first came up with the idea of wearing a cape, he wasn't really onto anything good. The number of times I'm treading on that damn thing or I throw a punch and it ends up covering my whole head. It's really not practical."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Idea, First)

"He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming."
- Arthur Balfour
(Related: Art, Reading)

"And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Desire, Reading)

"But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Age, Art, People, American, Reading, Writing)

"I began as a boy with artistic talent... as a visual artist... I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens drifted into reading serious literature."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Talent, Thought, Artist, Literature, Reading)

"I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Home, Life, Kids, Reading, Weekend)

"It's a question of spreading the available energy, aerobic and anaerobic, evenly over four minutes. If you run one part too fast, you pay a price. If you run another part more slowly your overall time is slower."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Time, Energy, Question)

"I'm treading the backward path. Mostly, I just waste my time."
- Syd Barrett
(Related: Time, Waste)

"Newspaper readership is declining like crazy. In fact, there's a good chance that nobody is reading my column."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Chance, Fact, Reading)

"The attitude of the actor is his interpretation of what he reads, and the written word is what creates the role in the actor's mind, and I guess in reading the things that were given to me, I reacted as you guys saw me, you know."
- Gene Barry
(Related: Attitude, Actor, Mind, Reading, Word)

"I used to live a very social life and never spend much solitary time looking at birds or reading."
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Life, Time, Birds, Reading)

"Reading should be a repeat performance."
- John Barton
(Related: Performance, Reading)

"Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems."
- John Barton
(Related: Poetry, Conversation, Poems, Reading)

"The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions."
- John Barton
(Related: Challenge, Reading)

"It's gratifying that it does; I love to give readings."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: Love)

"People really want to think that these things really happened. I don't know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: People, Reading, Want)

"I was in the tennis bubble. I wasn't thinking about the big picture. I didn't notice what they said on television, I wasn't reading any papers. I had a coach and a manager, and they kept me in the bubble."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Manager, Coach, Reading, Television, Tennis, Thinking)

"A few years after my first son was born, he wanted to know how we chose his name, so I began reading him the story of Noah's Ark."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Son, First, Name, Reading, Years)

"There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading may be given without first getting the author's permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that."
- Robert Benchley
(Related: First, May, Public, Reading, Saying)

"Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable."
- Aneurin Bevan
(Related: Business, Duty, Reading)

"My mother was right: When you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust."
- Jane Birkin
(Related: Mother, Nothing, Reading)

"My reading is always about musical biographies. I have an innate interest and passion for that."
- Nina Blackwood
(Related: Interest, Passion, Reading)

"Once in a while you start having second thoughts, then you read a letter from someone that lifts your spirits so much - it really makes a huge difference. I love reading them."
- Corbin Bleu
(Related: Love, Thoughts, Difference, Reading, Spirits)

"Criticism starts - it has to start - with a real passion for reading. It can come in adolescence, even in your twenties, but you must fall in love with poems."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Love, Adolescence, Criticism, Passion, Poems, Reading)

"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."
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Related: Books, Fact, Numbers, Reading, Will, Words)

"We never stop reading, although every book comes to an end, just as we never stop living, although death is certain."
- Roberto Bolano
(Related: Death, End, Living, Reading)

"Reading is like the sex act - done privately, and often in bed."
- Daniel J. Boorstin
(Related: Sex, Act, Bed, Reading)

"Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Reading)

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Books, Reading)

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: People, Books, Culture, Reading)

"When you cease from labour, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are labouring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Time, Heart, Thoughts, Meditation, Reading)

"By crying on my bed, drinking quite a lot and feeling tempted by drugs. Well, just not reading it to be perfectly honest with you. I know it's a bit of a copout."
- Jo Brand
(Related: Bed, Drinking, Drugs, Feeling, Reading)

"We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David."
- William Brewster
(Related: Bible, Prayer, Reading, Singing, Songs)

"He looked like such a Republican. He dressed like Pee-Wee Herman. But had I known what he had done when I was reading about him, I might have thought different."
- Matthew Bright
(Related: Thought, Reading, Republican)

"Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading books is a more and more unusual experience, and so writers just so much want to be heard."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Experience, People, Books, Pleasure, Reading, Want, Writers)

"I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading."
- Vera Brittain
(Related: Marriage, Wife, HusbCourt, Reading, Talk, Talking)

"If you think spreading money around by force seems like an odd definition of fairness, you're not alone."
- Arthur C. Brooks
(Related: Money, Force)

"Whitney and I have fun reading the newspaper sometimes. You'd be amazed at the places they say I've been."
- Bobby Brown
(Related: Fun, Reading)

"I'd begun reading Crumb shortly before that, and other underground stuff, so that was an influence to some degree. Of course the Marvel and DC comics, they had been my main interests in my teenage years."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Influence, Reading, Teenage, Years)

"I was looking to do something non-fiction because I had done a strip, 'My Mom Was a Schizophrenic.' I really enjoyed the process of doing that strip, despite its subject matter. To do it I'd had to do a lot of research and reading and I figured I'd like to do that again."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Mom, Reading, Research)

"Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork - reading, writing, thinking - can."
- Helen Gurley Brown
(Related: Beauty, Reading, Thinking, Writing)

"Much of my reading time over the last decade and a half has been spent reading aloud to my children. Those children's bedtime rituals of supper, bath, stories, and sleep have been a staple of my life and some of the best, most special times I can remember."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Life, Time, Children, Reading, Rituals, Sleep)

"Reading is my greatest luxury."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Luxury, Reading)

"The importance and influence of books on me has been cumulative: the result of hearing and reading lots of stories about interesting people and places."
- Louise Brown
(Related: People, Books, Hearing, Importance, Influence, Reading, Result)

"I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Reading, Shakespeare)

"At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(Related: Reading)

"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
(Related: Reading, Talking)

"To describe my scarce leisure time in today's terms, I always default to reading."
- Jimmy Buffett
(Related: Time, Leisure, Reading, Today)

"Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance. That translates into pacing a story, pleasing a reading audience."
- Jimmy Buffett
(Related: Performance, Instinct, Reading, Song, Years)

"The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it."
- Anthony Burgess
(Related: Possession, Reading)

"I read cover to cover every jazz publication that I could and in the New York Times, every single day reading their jazz reviews even though I didn't put them in the films. I wanted to know what is going on."
- Ken Burns
(Related: Day, Jazz, Reading)

"You can learn as much about the history from reading about the present as you can vice versa, that is learning about the present through history, which is what I do for a living."
- Ken Burns
(Related: History, Learning, Living, Present, Reading, Vice)

"Reading takes solitude and it takes focus."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: Focus, Reading, Solitude)

"I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time."
- Octavia Butler
(Related: Science, Time, Fiction, Reading, Writing)

"The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Science, Light, Now, Reading)

"No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one."
- Robert Byrne
(Related: Reading, Suicide, Trying)

"The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat."
- George Byron
(Related: Reading, Will)

"I'm writing a movie about Mozart going to New York in the '60s. I've been reading so many novels."
- John Cale
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"And I'm auditioning right now for a movie, and then I have a script that I'm reading right now for a horror film, and I'm meeting for a couple of television shows that I just had yesterday, and pretty much was offered one of them."
- Trishelle Cannatella
(Related: Film, Horror, Meeting, Now, Pretty, Reading, Right, Television, Yesterday)

"Farewell all relations and friends in Christ; farewell acquaintances and all earthly enjoyments; farewell reading and preaching, praying and believing, wanderings, reproaches, and sufferings."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: Christ, Friends, Preaching, Reading)

"The other thing that happened in 1883 was my reading of Thoreau's Walden."
- Edward Carpenter
(Related: Reading)

"It's like the code of living by yourself. People who are single know what I'm talking about. You eat standing up, reading the paper. Or you say to yourself, this isn't even cutting it, I'm taking a TV dinner and I'm getting in bed here."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Related: People, Bed, Living, Reading, Talking)

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Experience, History, Reading, World)

"Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God."
- George Washington Carver
(Related: Nature, God, Books, Reading, Voice)

"My errors will point to thinking men the various roads, and will teach them the great art of treading on the brink of the precipice without falling into it."
- Giacomo Casanova
(Related: Art, Men, Errors, Thinking, Will)

"I am so sick of reading about another car bomb, another suicide bomber, another 10, 20, 30, 70, 100 people dead in a day, both Americans and Iraqis."
- Rosanne Cash
(Related: Car, People, Americans, Day, Reading, Suicide)

"From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Judgment, Reading)

"The things I keep going back to, rereading, maybe they say more about me as a reader than about the books. Love in the Time of Cholera, Pale Fire."
- Michael Chabon
(Related: Love, Time, Books, Fire)

"Political freedom is a political reading of the Bible."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Bible, Freedom, Reading)

"The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Reading)

"The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country, out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk of unconscious imitation."
- Leslie Charteris
(Related: Country, Desire, Imitation, Reading, Reason, Risk, Unconscious, Years)

"For we can affirm with a good conscience that we have, after reading the Holy Scripture, applied ourselves and yet daily apply ourselves to the extent that the grace of the Lord permits to inquiry into and investigation of the consensus of the true and purer antiquity."
- Martin Chemnitz
(Related: Conscience, Grace, Investigation, Reading, Scripture)

"There is a kind of fear, approaching a panic, that's spreading through the Baby Boom Generation, which has suddenly discovered that it will have to provide for its own retirement."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: Fear, Baby, Retirement, Will)

"Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Men, Knowledge, Books, Learning, Reading, World)

"The mere brute pleasure of reading - the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing."
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"Research we've done seems to indicate that people who are on the Net like the idea that they don't have to leave what they are reading to go buy something."
- Jay Chiat
(Related: People, Idea, Reading, Research)

"We set up a beta site, a test site, with movie, music and book reviews. If you're reading them and you want to buy a book or a ticket for a movie that's reviewed on the site, you can do that without leaving our site."
- Jay Chiat
(Related: Music, Reading, Want)

"Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading."
- Rufus Choate
(Related: Love, Fortune, Reading, Youth)

"Good stories flow like honey. Bad stories stick in the craw. A bad story? One that cannot be absorbed on the first time of reading."
- Arthur Christiansen
(Related: Time, First, Reading)

"I tried reading Hilbert. Only his papers published in mathematical periodicals were available at the time. Anybody who has tried those knows they are very hard reading."
- Alonzo Church
(Related: Time, Reading)

"Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading manuals without the software."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Computer, Hardware, Reading, Software)

"With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own."
- Beverly Cleary
(Related: Books, Chance, Reading, Twins)

"One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade, I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered that even though I did not want to, I was reading. I have been a reader ever since."
- Beverly Cleary
(Related: Reading, Want)

"Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school."
- Beverly Cleary
(Related: Children, Pleasure, Reading, School, Teachers)

"If I have a talent for making some fourth-grader who hates school and reading to hate it a little less, then I have to do the most with what I've been issued."
- Brian P. Cleary
(Related: Talent, Hate, Reading, School)

"After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Death, Reading, Writer)

"Reading is an art form, and every man can be an artist."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: Art, Artist, Man, Reading)

"I do finish reading a script and say, Why are they making it and what are they talking about? I like to try and be responsible in my choices in that way."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: Choices, Reading, Talking)

"People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions - or what is called the "text" in literary terms."
- Tony Conrad
(Related: People, Literary, Thinking)

"Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: First, Past, Reading)

"Rereading, we find a new book."
- Mason Cooley
"While we are reading, we are all Don Quixote."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Reading)

"There are different rules for reading, for thinking, and for talking. Writing blends all three of them."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Reading, Rules, Talking, Thinking, Writing)

"I get letters from readers who say that they have always hated reading, but somebody suggested one of my books, they actually finished the book and enjoyed it, and they're going on to read another book. I'm thrilled that they have figured out that reading is fun."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Books, Fun, Letters, Reading)

"As a rule it usually takes three or four readings for me to be interested in a script, and if I'm interested I'll read it three or four times before I make a strong decision."
- Chris Cooper
(Related: Decision)

"There are no taboos. Every topic is open, however shocking. It is the way that the topics are handled that's important, and that applies whether it is a 15-year-old who is reading your book or someone who is 55."
- Robert Cormier
(Related: Open, Reading)

"My head was always bubbling over with facts and it seems to me this had little to do with my paying close attention in school and more to do with my voracious and omnivorous reading habits."
- Eric Allin Cornell
(Related: Attention, Facts, Habits, Reading, School)

"They see us interacting with people, they see us doing serious interviews, they see us having fun, and when you're conversing with someone, you get a much clearer impression of who that person is than if they are just reading into a news piece."
- Katie Couric
(Related: People, Impression, Fun, News, Reading)

"You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff."
- Frank Crane
(Related: Time, Reading, Witty)

"Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it's so grimly brutal!"
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Imagination, People, May, Reading, Writing)

"The awful thing, as a kid reading, was that you came to the end of the story, and that was it. I mean, it would be heartbreaking that there was no more of it."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: End, Reading)

"If, for example, all the codons are triplets, then in addition to the correct reading of the message, there are two incorrect readings which we shall obtain if we do not start the grouping into sets of three at the right place."
- Francis Crick
(Related: Example, Reading, Right)

"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Etiquette, Nothing, Reading, Sin)

"As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Democracy, Reading, Writers)

"Some of the things you read you get an immediate reaction to so I've stopped reading things now. I do worry about my family though. Some people do try some nasty things to get at them and try and get a reaction from them."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Family, People, Now, Reading, Worry)

"If I don't get the goose-bump factor when I'm reading it than I can't do it."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Reading)

"To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter."
- Aleister Crowley
(Related: Education, Discipline, First, Mind, Reading, Worth)

"I think for anybody reading the book they're going to get an idea in their heads of all those characters, and I think that once that gets fixed, it's quite hard to shake."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Idea, Reading)

"I had plenty of pimples as a kid. One day I fell asleep in the library. When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Blind, Day, Man, Reading)

"I tell you, the difference for me is between being victimized, terrorized, numbed by reading about different disasters, or reducing the anxiety by getting up and doing something about it, at whatever level."
- Ted Danson
(Related: Anxiety, Being, Difference, Disasters, Reading)

"In terms of the idea of long-term occupation - I have been reading a little bit more about this period - and you can see in that occupation are many lessons for the current occupation of Iraq. So we have these connections that go way back that people aren't aware of."
- Edwidge Danticat
(Related: People, Idea, Iraq, Occupation, Reading)

"I had always owned them to be the Word of God... the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by God."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: God, Church, Contrast, Present, Reading, State, Word)

"It would have been easier to have a male protagonist, but I didn't want people to assume that Nikki Hill was me in her entirety because a lot of people just don't like me and I don't think they would be interested in reading about me, even in the fictional context."
- Christopher Darden
(Related: People, Reading, Want)

"He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech."
- Richard Darman
(Related: Reading, Speech)

"I don't think anyone really is interested in reading about my emotional state. It's not even interesting to me."
- Larry David
(Related: Reading, State)

"The great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Age, Experience, Reading, Spirit, Spiritual)

"Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Diet, Work, God, People, Books, Nothing, Reading)

"I like reading Ball Tongue lyrics and all that stuff. And they published a book, and I wouldn't give my lyrics, and it's all wrong in the book, and I giggle. It's funny."
- Jonathan Davis
(Related: Funny, Reading, Tongue, Wrong)

"And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet."
- Peter Davison
(Related: Poetry, People, Reading)

"There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing."
- Clarence Day
(Related: Art, Reading, Thinking, Writing)

"When we have spiritual reading at meals, when we have the rosary at night, when we have study groups, forums, when we go out to distribute literature at meetings, or sell it on the street corners, Christ is there with us."
- Dorothy Day
(Related: Christ, Literature, Meetings, Night, Reading, Spiritual, Study)

"I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan."
- Jacques Derrida
(Related: Life, Poetry, African, Reading)

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries."
- Rene Descartes
(Related: Books, Conversation, Past, Reading)

"And all of Laura's stuff, what they wrote originally wasn't as good and Constance wound up doing that herself. That was all her stuff, reading to the child, because she had children herself and that's what she would have done."
- William Devane
(Related: Children, Reading)

"I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love."
- Anita Diament
(Related: Love, Letters, Reading, Rejection, Writers)

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Children, Duty, Reading)

"It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Children, Parents, Pleasure, Reading, Treasure)

"I didn't start working on children's books until I got a job at a book warehouse on the children's floor. When I started reading some of the books, I was so impressed."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Books, Children, Job, Reading)

"I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of formal training in reading."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: English, Reading, Training)

"And I ride horses, swim, do a lot of reading, writing."
- Casper Van Dien
(Related: Horses, Reading, Writing)

"I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us."
- Dorothy Dix
(Related: Cowards, Day, Future, Tomorrow, Trouble)

"It took me about three years to write About Grace. I wasn't teaching two of those years, so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week. And it would include research and reading - it wasn't just a blank page, laying down words."
- Anthony Doerr
(Related: Grace, Reading, Research, Teaching, Words, Years)

"My commitment is to strive to lean on the Lord with my whole heart, reading His word daily and earnestly seeking His will in my life."
- Elizabeth Dole
(Related: Life, Heart, Commitment, Reading, Will, Word)

"With his trademark courage and conviction, President Reagan led us out of the Cold War, spreading his vision of freedom, resulting in the release of millions of people from the yoke of communism."
- John Doolittle
(Related: War, People, Courage, Vision, Communism, Conviction, Freedom, President)

"If they don't read, if they don't love reading; if they don't find themselves compulsively reading, I don't think they're really a writer."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Love, Reading, Writer)

"There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Poetry, Congress, Reading, Rest, Want)

"I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important. He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Ability, Reading, Shakespeare, Strangers)

"I was reading through endless junk scripts that were being sent my way. Typically the roles were to play his wife or his girlfriend - leading roles for women were few and far between."
- Roma Downey
(Related: Women, Wife, Girlfriend, Being, Leading, Play, Reading)

"The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it."
- Elizabeth Drew
(Related: Literature, Reading)

"The class has become over the years fairly large, running to three hundred or more, but I always insist upon reading all the student folklore collections myself. Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it because I learn so much from it."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Class, Order, Reading, Running, Years)

"They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather data about the context and the informant and, above all, write an analysis of the items based upon the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Theory)

"I have learned so much from working with other poets, travelling and reading with them, spending days discussing poems in progress. There is the sense that we are all, as writers, part of something which is more powerful than any of us."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Progress, Poems, Poets, Reading, Sense, Writers)

"Reading a poem aloud to an audience is gestural as much as precise."
- Douglas Dunn
(Related: Reading)

"But at the same time, never having final cut before, I really learned an interesting thing for any studio executive who is reading this: that if a director has final cut, it's actually easier and more interesting to listen to notes."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Time, Reading)

"In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Mind, Reading, Umpire)

"I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed."
- Umberto Eco
(Related: Being, Effect)

"Between 2 and 5 I'm reading in to find out what's been going on while I've been asleep."
- Bob Edwards
(Related: Reading)

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Age, Habits, Man, Mind, Reading, Thinking)

"I write plays, and I have a musical that's starting to get produced now. That's what I would love to do, but it's so hard. The only reason people are reading my plays and musicals is because I'm in movies."
- Jesse Eisenberg
(Related: Love, Movies, People, Now, Reading, Reason)

"Reading the epitaphs, our only salvation lies in resurrecting the dead and burying the living."
- Paul Eldridge
(Related: Epitaphs, Lies, Living, Reading, Salvation)

"One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"There is creative reading as well as creative writing."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: France, Reading, Sense, Writing)

"Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things."
- Joseph Epstein
(Related: Experience, Being, Culture, Reading, Thoughtful)

"Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and making the proper adjustments."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Reading, Umpire)

"Game management is accomplished by staying constantly alert and then reading and reacting to potential problem situations before they materialize. It all boils down to paying attention to details."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Management, Attention, Potential, Reading)

"I, of course, wanted to do something with Drew Barrymore. Please. So we were reading scripts back and forth and then we found this script, Fever Pitch."
- Jimmy Fallon
(Related: Reading)

"I had done a lot of reading, relative for a kid, about World War Two, and I thought about Chamberlain a lot."
- Douglas Feith
(Related: War, Thought, Reading, World, World war)

"As an actor, you're pretty much a hired gun. You are reading other people's words off of a page and doing what they want you to do."
- Corey Feldman
(Related: People, Actor, Pretty, Reading, Want, Words)

"There are a couple of carp fishing books I've been reading. I'm very interested in that line of books, because I think they write very well, carp anglers, about the general environment."
- Tom Felton
(Related: Books, Environment, Fishing, Reading)

"I'm reading a book about Romaine Brooks, a wonderful painter from early in the last century."
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
(Related: Brooks, Reading)

"There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back."
- Jim Fiebig
(Related: Reading, Will, Wonder, Words)

"The reason Saul Bellow doesn't talk to me anymore is because he knows his new novels are not worth reading."
- Leslie Fiedler
(Related: Reading, Reason, Talk, Worth)

"My father assigned me to keep his scrapbooks. At first I was interested in reading only his rave notices, but I got interested in reading what the critics were saying about whether the play was good or not."
- Dorothy Fields
(Related: Father, First, Play, Reading, Saying)

"American high school students trail teenagers from 14 European and Asian countries in reading, math and science. We're even trailing France."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Science, American, Countries, France, Reading, School, Students, Teenagers)

"I certainly gained a lot by reading about Shanghai."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Reading)

"If I'm not afraid when I'm reading a script, that means I know I've done it before. If I read something and think, Wow, I can't play this part, then I want to play it more."
- Linda Fiorentino
(Related: Play, Reading, Want)

"I found myself facing a Christian Science Reading Room. My God! It had been eight years. There had never been any renunciation of religion on my part, but like so many people, it was a gradual fading away."
- Henry Fonda
(Related: Religion, Science, People, Christian, Reading, Renunciation, Years)

"I don't think anyone wants a reader to be completely lost - certainly not to the point of giving up - but there's something to be said for a book that isn't instantly disposable, that rewards a second reading."
- John M. Ford
(Related: Giving, Reading)

"When I die there may be a paragraph or two in the newspapers. My name will linger in the British Museum Reading Room catalogue for a space at the head of a long list of books for which no one will ever ask."
- C. S. Forester
(Related: Books, May, Name, Newspapers, Reading, Space, Will)

"I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Newspapers, Reading)

"Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it. I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved."
- Alan Dean Foster
(Related: Science, Thought, Being, Growing up, Reading, Writer)

"Few are sufficiently sensible of the importance of that economy in reading which selects, almost exclusively, the very first order of books. Why, except for some special reason, read an inferior book, at the very time you might be reading one of the highest order?"
- John W. Foster
(Related: Time, Books, Economy, First, Importance, Order, Reading, Reason)

"I was improvising before I was reading music. I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets."
- Pete Fountain
(Related: Music, Play, Reading, Trying)

"The new critique you're gonna start hearing about James Franco, is 'He's spreading himself too thin.'"
- James Franco
(Related: Hearing)

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Reading, Worth, Writing)

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Reading, Worth, Writing)

"It's just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading. Something better be happening at the beginning, and then on every page after, or I get irritated."
- Jonathan Franzen
(Related: Beginning, Reading, Writing)

"I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I've just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book."
- Antonia Fraser
(Related: Change, History, Washington)

"There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work."
- William Gaddis
(Related: Work, Nothing, Reading, Writer)

"The strongest results were in Florida and Texas. In just one year in a Texas charter school, an average student gained 7 percentile points in math and 8 percentile points in reading, while Florida charter schools improved student performance by 6 percentile points."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Performance, Reading, Results, School, Schools)

"We are all treading the vanishing road of a song in the air, the vanishing road of the spring flowers and the winter snows, the vanishing roads of the winds and the streams, the vanishing road of beloved faces."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Faces, Flowers, Road, Song, Spring, Winter)

"I remember the first reading of the script we had and everybody was sitting around the table. I was very impressed with the level of acting that was in the room, particularly with Jennifer who has so much responsibility."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Acting, First, Reading, Responsibility)

"Reading Stephen King's book, On Writing, was like being cornered and forced to have a long, drawn out mental enema."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Being, Reading, Writing)

"Reading is important."
- John Garfield
(Related: Reading)

"A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact."
- Marcus Garvey
(Related: Man, Reading, Woman, Writing)

"Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Life, Reading)

"Two people have been really liberating in my mind; one is Wittgenstein and the other is Burke. I read Burke before he was a secular saint, before everyone was reading him."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: People, Mind, Reading)

"Grown men have been seen fleeing after reading the menu posted outside."
- William E. Geist
(Related: Men, Reading)

"Physically I'm tired at the end of the day and quite glad to be reading in bed by midnight."
- Bob Geldof
(Related: Bed, Day, End, Midnight, Reading)

"And you can't make a mistake when you are reading the Torah, so you have men standing around who will correct you if you are reading it incorrectly."
- Jami Gertz
(Related: Men, Mistake, Reading, Will)

"Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: End, May, Reading, Thinking)

"My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Love, Reading)

"I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world, and took many literary portraits."
- Fay Godwin
(Related: Literary, Portraits, Reading, World)

"He that loves reading has everything within his reach."
- William Godwin
(Related: Reading)

"As the true object of education is not to render the pupil the mere copy of his preceptor, it is rather to be rejoiced in, than lamented, that various reading should lead him into new trains of thinking."
- William Godwin
(Related: Education, Reading, Thinking)

"I've turned my guest house into this little studio, and we have actors come over and do readings."
- Jeff Goldblum
(Related: Actors, Guest)

"Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction."
- Arthur Golden
(Related: Time, Mother, Thought, Fiction, Living, Reading, Writing)

"Like, every couple of months you read, they rewrite, you come back in, they've animated more stuff - they usually videotape you while you're reading it - so they'll incorporate some gestures and some facial expressions into it."
- John Goodman
(Related: Months, Reading)

"I don't read anything anymore. I don't have the eyesight. I read my own copy, that's all. I think I've read everything that's worth reading."
- John Gould
(Related: Reading, Worth)

"In Count Julian I simply proposed to create a text which would allow for diverse levels of reading."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Reading)

"I was taught a lot of Bible at home and had a voracious appetite for reading the Bible."
- Amy Grant
(Related: Home, Bible, Appetite, Reading)

"It's what the Pixies always said about music - they were writing songs and just trying not to be boring. That was their main motivation and it worked for them. I remember reading that and thinking that was the way to do it."
- Jonny Greenwood
(Related: Music, Motivation, Reading, Songs, Thinking, Trying, Writing)

"I remember when I was in my late teens just getting rid of lots of records, realizing I only ever listened to them when I was reading, or watching TV, or doing something else."
- Jonny Greenwood
(Related: Reading)

"I confess that reading proofs is a pleasure. It stimulates and inspires me."
- Zane Grey
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"I have not placed reading before praying because I regard it more important, but because, in order to pray aright, we must understand what we are praying for."
- Angelina Grimke
(Related: Order, Reading)

"We had a script reading, and that's where we met J.K. Rowling, which was really exciting."
- Rupert Grint
(Related: Reading)

"The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story."
- Ursula K. Le Guin
(Related: Reading, Wood)

"We tend to put poems into factions. And it restricts our reading."
- Thom Gunn
(Related: Poems, Reading)

"I was reading the poems of Rochester. Rochester made himself out to be bisexual, but I think that was only to shock. Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic."
- Thom Gunn
(Related: Poetry, Poems, Reading)

"I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the '60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop."
- Thom Gunn
(Related: Poets, Reading, State, Students)

"I've been an inveterate reader of literary magazines since I was a teenager. There are always discoveries. You're sitting in your easy chair, reading; you realize you've read a story or a group of poems four times, and you know, Yes, I want to go farther with this writer."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Literary, Poems, Reading, Want, Writer)

"I started to send my work to journals when I was 26, which was just a question of when I got the courage up. They were mostly journals I had been reading for the previous six or seven years."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Work, Courage, Question, Reading, Years)

"The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination."
- Moses Hadas
(Related: Experience, Knowledge, Passion, Reading, World)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it."
- Moses Hadas
(Related: Time, Reading, Waste)

"I was lucky enough not to face any required summer reading lists until I went to college. So I still think of summer as the best time to read for fun."
- Margaret Haddix
(Related: Time, College, Fun, Reading, Summer)

"I think I learned a lot from reading in general - even from reading badly written books."
- Margaret Haddix
(Related: Books, Reading)

"Bore children, and they stop reading. There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Children, Reading, Self)

"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Books, Conversation, Reading, Talk)

"I was well traveled, and I created this illusion of literacy through reading and writing. I wrote a book of short stories."
- Tom T. Hall
(Related: Illusion, Reading, Writing)

"Let me just say something that I forgot, I also hoped and this was very true in the beginning - that this would also be a place that people would be able to walk in to the fountain and use it in a nice way of reading and examining the quotations on the blocks."
- Lawrence Halprin
(Related: People, Beginning, Quotations, Reading)

"I hated to read. My mother could not get me to read. I'm going through the same thing with my daughter now. I love to read now, but I don't remember reading."
- Dorothy Hamill
(Related: Love, Mother, Daughter, Now, Reading)

"If there was no Bible, it would be no matter whether you could read or not. Reading other books would do you no good."
- Jupiter Hammon
(Related: Bible, Books, Reading)

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination."
- Elizabeth Hardwick
(Related: Experience, Knowledge, Passion, Reading, World)

"Books give not wisdom where none was before. But where some is, there reading makes it more."
- Elizabeth Hardwick
(Related: Wisdom, Books, Reading)

"My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Peace, War, History, Argument, Poor, Reading)

"With the question of the effect of a poem, the topic of investigation shifts from that of textual autonomy to textual reception - to the issue of what we actually look for or find in reading a poem."
- Thomas Harrison
(Related: Effect, Investigation, Question, Reading)

"Easy reading is damn hard writing."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock."
- Ben Hecht
(Related: Time, Newspapers, Reading, Trying, World)

"I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Boredom, Reading)

"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius
(Related: Books, Fools, Insult, Nation, Press, Reading)

"Reading builds the educated and informed electorate so vital to our democracy."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Democracy, Reading)

"We all were there for the readings, the screen tests, and we knew. We knew Dustin was the guy right away."
- Buck Henry
(Related: Right, Tests)

"Some of the material out there - I don't want to say that it's all bad - but there's a lot of bad stuff out there. You just continue reading scripts, and eventually you find something you connect with."
- Jay Hernandez
(Related: Reading, Want)

"Also there's two sides of it, I mean, a band like us, at our level and the way we have to promote ourselves and usually radio just completely turns their back on us, at the same time I think Mp3s help promote us somewhat, spreading the word about the album and stuff."
- Kenny Hickey
(Related: Time, Help, Word)

"In Ski Party we are reading up on how to have fun without sex. That was the theme of every AIP picture!"
- Dwayne Hickman
(Related: Sex, Fun, Party, Reading, Ski)

"That I feel a desire, my friends, that we in this latter day of the world, in which light is fast spreading, that we should be willing to attend to those portions of the Scriptures of truth that direct us home to the foundation."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Home, Truth, Day, Desire, Friends, Light, World)

"In reading the scriptures of truth, we often put wrong constructions upon them, and apply them improperly; and I apprehend it has often been the case in relation to this portion, particularly that part in relation to man's seeking out many inventions."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Truth, Inventions, Man, Reading, Wrong)

"I delight not in spreading any thing mysterious, for I consider it all lost time; but the things that all of us can see and know if we will."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Time, Delight, Will)

"I don't have the insight with the Longhorns that I do with the two teams that I own, but as a fan and reading the sports pages, I'm bullish about the Longhorns."
- Tom Hicks
(Related: Sports, Reading)

"I am 82 years old. I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading."
- Tony Hillerman
(Related: Old, Reading, Will, Writing, Years)

"Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Information, Psychiatry, Television)

"There is no such thing as national advertising. All advertising is local and personal. It's one man or woman reading one newspaper in the kitchen or watching TV in the den."
- Morris Hite
(Related: Advertising, Kitchen, Man, Reading, Woman)

"Let's deal with reality. The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom."
- Eric Holder
(Related: American, Rights, Osama bin laden, Reading, Reality, Will)

"The reality is that we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse of Osama bin Laden. He will never appear in an American courtroom. That's the reality. He will be killed by us, or he will be killed by his own people so he's not captured by us. We know that."
- Eric Holder
(Related: People, American, Rights, Osama bin laden, Reading, Reality, Will)

"I get readings, I sometimes get five a week. You'll feel like a schizophrenic by the end of that week. I don't know who I am any more. You'll be in conversation with a friend and start spitting out dialogue."
- Josh Holloway
(Related: Friend, Conversation)

"To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry."
- John Andrew Holmes
(Related: Poetry, Language, Reading)

"Well, I'm half Australian, half English and I live in London. That is the only reason I came upon this story. My Australian mother, Meredith Hooper, was invited in late 2007 by some Australian friends to make up a token Australian audience in a tiny fringe theater play reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called 'The King's Speech.'"
- Tom Hooper
(Related: Mother, English, Friends, London, Play, Reading, Reason, Speech, Theater)

"I learned easily and had time to follow my inclination for sports (light athletics and skiing) and chemistry, which I taught myself by reading all textbooks I could get."
- Robert Huber
(Related: Sports, Time, Reading)

"Do your bit to save humanity from lapsing back into barbarity by reading all the novels you can."
- Richard Hughes
(Related: Humanity, Reading)

"The HoLee model was the first term structure model. I remember reading their paper soon after it was published and as it was fairly different from many of the other papers that I had read, I had to read it quite a few times. I realized that it was a really important paper."
- John Hull
(Related: First, Reading)

"I'm reading scripts, desperately wanting to work. I've set a couple of things up for next year."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Work, Reading)

"I wanted to be an artist. I was studying art. I wanted to be a great painter. When I went into the Navy, there wasn't much to draw at sea. So I began writing, and I began reading a lot."
- Evan Hunter
(Related: Art, Artist, Navy, Reading, Sea, Writing)

"I have one main reader, Miriam Gomez, my wife. She reads everything I write - I have not finished writing something and she is already reading it."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Wife, Reading, Writing)

"What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Reading, Writer, Writing)

"Watching a movie from beginning to end is like reading, because even though what you see are images, they are telling you a story."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Beginning, End, Reading)

"An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Nature, Thought, Gifts, Heaven, Mind, Oil, Sea, Weather)

"English should be our official language. Reading and speaking English are requirements to become a citizen."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: English, Language, Reading)

"The savage repression of blacks, which can be estimated by reading the obituary columns of the nation's dailies, Fred Hampton, etc., has not failed to register on the black inmates."
- George Jackson
(Related: Nation, Reading, Repression)

"The end of reading is not more books but more life."
- Holbrook Jackson
(Related: Life, Books, End, Reading)

"The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness."
- Holbrook Jackson
(Related: Art, Health, Time, Day, Illness, Joy, Night, Reading, Sorrow)

"When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it."
- Hugh Newell Jacobsen
(Related: Aspirations, Pride, Reading)

"The Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has just published the story of her life. I confess that it is not in my reading table."
- Mick Jagger
(Related: Life, Reading)

"What a sense of superiority it gives one to escape reading some book which everyone else is reading."
- Alice James
(Related: Superiority, Reading, Sense)

"For when we talk about the spreading power and influence of globalization, aren't we really referring to the spreading economic and military might of the US?"
- Fredric Jameson
(Related: Power, Globalization, Influence, Military, Talk)

"It's a comedy thriller, brilliantly written and it's full of twists and turns at every page. When I was reading it I was desperate to get to the end to find out what happens, it really hooks you."
- Louise Jameson
(Related: Comedy, End, Reading)

"Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Health, Exercise, Learning, Reading, Recreation, Will, Worth)

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Government, History, Reading, Results)

"People want to find out what happens to the characters, and want to keep reading, and turning the pages."
- Jerry B. Jenkins
(Related: People, Reading, Want)

"If you are dyslexic, your eyes work fine, your brain works fine, but there is a little short circuit in the wire that goes between the eye and the brain. Reading is not a fluid process."
- Bruce Jenner
(Related: Work, Eye, Eyes, Reading)

"If you are a kid, reading is really important stuff."
- Bruce Jenner
(Related: Reading)

"I'm concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet."
- Joan Jett
(Related: Nature, Science, Time, Peace, Animals, Being, Reading, Spiritual, Trying, Universe)

"Tact is after all a kind of mind reading."
- Sarah Orne Jewett
(Related: Mind, Reading, Tact)

"I hope to be with you as a writer for a very long time, and I hope that you will enjoy reading my work, because readers are the highest form of life on this planet."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Life, Time, Work, Hope, Reading, Will, Writer)

"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Time, Man, Order, Reading, Will, Writer)

"I started reading when I was about three, a little over three."
- Chuck Jones
(Related: Reading)

"One trouble with developing speed reading skills is that by the time you realize a book is boring you've already finished it."
- Franklin P. Jones
(Related: Time, Reading, Trouble)

"Reading was a big thing, yes. Books were a big thing. But the things that stick out were the newspapers."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Books, Newspapers, Reading)

"This outfit called Los Angeles Theatre Works does readings of plays."
- Jeffrey Jones
(Related: Theatre)

"From reading over the notes for each session it was apparent that there had been improvement by more or less regular steps from almost complete terror at sight of the rabbit to a completely positive response with no signs of disturbance."
- Mary C. Jones
(Related: Positive, Improvement, Reading, Sight, Terror)

"I've always loved to read. But sometimes I go for a year without reading, because I forget to."
- Norah Jones
(Related: Forget, Reading)

"Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why."
- James Joyce
(Related: English, Public, Reading, Reason, Writing)

"The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works."
- James Joyce
(Related: Life, Reading)

"I have always loved the process of making the music, reading the letters from the fans who get married to my music, have children to my music and play my music at their funerals."
- Wynonna Judd
(Related: Music, Children, Fans, Funerals, Letters, Play, Reading)

"I even smoke in bed. Imagine smoking a cigar in bed, reading a book. Next to your bed, there's a cigar table with a special cigar ashtray, and your wife is reading a book on how to save the environment."
- Raul Julia
(Related: Wife, Bed, Environment, Reading, Smoking)

"From the time I was a little boy I found myself reading history when I had a choice. I read a lot of things, but history had a special appeal for me."
- Donald Kagan
(Related: History, Time, Choice, Reading)

"My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Travel, Exploration, First, Literature, Reading, Reflection, Writing)

"I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Letters, Reading)

"I like the storytelling and reading the letters, the long-distance dedications. Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level, you're really connecting."
- Casey Kasum
(Related: Letters, Reading)

"One way of reading my life is that I have been in constant search for a father."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Life, Father, Reading)

"You didn't hear the angels singing. It was brought down to Mother Earth, which is where it should be. And that led me to a lot of other reading."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Mother, Angels, Earth, Reading, Singing)

"Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good."
- Thomas a Kempis
(Related: Public, Reading, Writing)

"My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading."
- Alicia Keys
(Related: Mother, Reading, Theater)

"To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand."
- Zoltan Kodaly
(Related: First, Giving, Reading, Singing, Training)

"I have been reading Stephen King since CARRIE and hope to read him for many years to come."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Hope, Reading, Years)

"In the book, I write about children in first grade who were taught to read by reading want ads. They learned to write by writing job applications. Imagine what would happen if anyone tried to do that to children in a predominantly white suburban school."
- Jonathan Kozol
(Related: Children, First, Job, Reading, School, Want, Writing)

"Schools are really bad now. Schools are not only bad in reading, writing and arithmetic, they're worse in cultural aspects, like in music and art. They don't teach you anything."
- John Kricfalusi
(Related: Music, Art, Arithmetic, Now, Reading, Schools, Writing)

"If President Bush is serious about genocide, an immediate priority is to stop the cancer of Darfur from spreading further, which means working with France to shore up Chad and the Central African Republic."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: African, Cancer, France, Genocide, President)

"I believe that writing is derivative. I think good writing comes from good reading."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"Your baby only needs a lot of light at night if he's reading or he's entertaining guests."
- Lawrence Kutner
(Related: Baby, Guests, Light, Needs, Night, Reading)

"I can't tell you exactly how I found it. It was just a process of writing a lot of stories and reading a lot of stories that I admired and just working and working until the sentences sounded right and I was satisfied with them."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Reading, Right, Writing)

"What is reading, but silent conversation."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Conversation, Reading)

"The simultaneous reactions elicited all over the world by the reading of newspaper dispatches about the same events create, as it were, a common mental pulse beat for the whole of civilized mankind."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Events, Mankind, Reading, World)

"I like reading my bible, I like bible studies where I get together with others and talk about the word of God and how it relates to us and how we can change to become more like him."
- Bernhard Langer
(Related: Change, God, Bible, Reading, Talk, Word)

"Methamphetamine is a highly dangerous drug that is wreaking havoc on families and communities throughout this country. The drug's use is spreading across the United States."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Country, states, United)

"Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Poetry, Mind, Will)

"I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Poetry, Friend, Poets, Reading)

"I think there is a great difference, in that when the poet is reading you get the whole personality of the person, especially if he's a good reader. Whereas a person just sitting gets what he puts into it."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Difference, Personality, Reading)

"To this day I always insist on working out a problem from the beginning without reading up on it first, a habit that sometimes gets me into trouble but just as often helps me see things my predecessors have missed."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Habit, Beginning, Day, First, Reading, Trouble)

"A wealthy landowner cannot cultivate and improve his farm without spreading comfort and well-being around him. Rich and abundant crops, a numerous population and a prosperous countryside are the rewards for his efforts."
- Antoine Lavoisier
(Related: Comfort, Population)

"It is the same with revolution; so long as the proper spirit is spreading amongst our young men, we are satisfied that it spreads without bombast or parade."
- Henry Lawson
(Related: Men, Revolution, Spirit)

"Their way of Dancing, is nothing but a sort of stamping Motion, much like the treading upon Founders Bellows."
- John Lawson
(Related: Dancing, Nothing)

"The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books."
- Stanislaw Lec
(Related: Books, Pleasure, Reading)

"I was reading five or six years ahead of my grade during public school. I was pretty bored. I made a contract with some of my teachers that if I didn't ask too many questions, I could work in the back of the room."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Work, Pretty, Public, Questions, Reading, School, Teachers, Years)

"The greatest pleasure of reading consists in re-reading."
- Vernon Lee
(Related: Pleasure, Reading)

"Yeah, that came out of a reading. It was great. It's such a fun crew to be with, and we all went out the night before and that really encouraged us to go out and get drunk."
- John Leguizamo
(Related: Fun, Night, Reading)

"When I'm reading material, if I'm a little bit afraid of a part and I'm willing to admit that to myself, then I'll do it, definitely. If I'm worried about being able to do it, to get it - I absolutely just love it."
- Jack Lemon
(Related: Love, Being, Reading)

"Well, I think again, the worst part of it was just leading up to it, before we got on set, at least for me... dreading this idea that I was just going to suck and I really had strong feelings about that. I just didn't want to be that weak link."
- Tea Leoni
(Related: Feelings, Idea, Leading, Want)

"I've given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself."
- Oscar Levant
(Related: Books, Mind, Reading)

"I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself."
- Oscar Levant
(Related: Books, Mind, Reading)

"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Wife, Christian, Eating, Humility, Listening, Lying, Man, Pride, Reading, Sleep, State, Temperance, Thankfulness)

"A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading."
- C. S. Lewis
(Related: Man, Reading, Sound, Wishes)

"All I know for certain is that reading is of the most intense importance to me; if I were not able to read, to revisit old favorites and experiment with names new to me, I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself."
- Penelope Lively
(Related: Importance, Names, Old, Reading, Writing)

"Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him."
- John Locke
(Related: Education, Company, Gentleman, Reading, Reflection)

"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours."
- John Locke
(Related: Knowledge, Mind, Reading, Thinking)

"It was a show where you were given a quote out of current events and you had to identify who said it. I was reading eight newspapers a day and had compiled a file of about 300 quotes. I really had to do my research. The White House press didn't have to bone up on any of it."
- June Lockhart
(Related: Day, Events, Newspapers, Press, Quotes, Reading, Research)

"I am now reading Cooper's Naval History which I find very interesting."
- John D. Long
(Related: History, Now, Reading)

"I was reading so much about myself in the papers that was not me."
- Rebecca Loos
(Related: Reading)

"When you've grown sick of reading and bug-eyed from watching TV, when your friends are all visited out, no words can adequately praise the link to the outside world provided by your parents and family."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Family, Friends, Parents, Praise, Reading, Words, World)

"Esso has been the main one in America spreading the disinformation that there is no global warming problem."
- James Lovelock
(Related: America, Global warming)

"If I could offer but one helpful hint to young Hoosiers hoping to better their odds for success in life, I would simply note the importance of thoughtful reading."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: Success, Life, Importance, Reading, Thoughtful)

"I've found that when the market's going down and you buy funds wisely, at some point in the future you will be happy. You won't get there by reading 'Now is the time to buy.'"
- Peter Lynch
(Related: Time, Future, Reading, Will)

"Reading is a huge effort for many people, a bore for others, and, believe it or not, many people prefer watching TV."
- Hugh Mackay
(Related: People, Effort, Reading)

"Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal. Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small, highly educated class of professional people."
- Hugh Mackay
(Related: People, Goal, Class, Reading, Writing)

"I read of the Kalamazoo girl who killed herself after reading the book. I am not at all surprised. She lived in Kalamazoo, for one thing, and then she read the book."
- Mary MacLane
(Related: Reading)

"I just happen to like the work. I like preparing for a role. I like reading. I like analyzing. I like literature. I like emotions. I like working with other actors."
- Elle Macpherson
(Related: Work, Actors, Emotions, Literature, Reading)

"Focusing on the way I look makes me uncomfortable. I try to focus on the way I feel - I know what makes me feel better about myself. Reading my child a story makes me feel great, doing my hair nicely doesn't."
- Elle Macpherson
(Related: Focus, Hair, Reading)

"Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes."
- James Madison
(Related: Leisure, Reading)

"My countrymen have the right to shake my hand and talk to me if they so wish. Don't forget that their support and their reading of my works is what brought me the Nobel prize."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Forget, Reading, Right, Support, Talk)

"I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Thought, Books, Reading)

"I started writing while I was a little boy. Maybe it's because I was reading a lot of books I admired, and thought that I would like to write something like that someday. Also, my love for good writing pushed me."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Love, Thought, Books, Reading, Writing)

"When you are reading, someone has done a lot of work on your behalf, someone has had ideas and has then written and corrected and improved them so that they can be shared."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Work, Ideas, Reading)

"I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Reading, Support, Writing)

"Being a librarian certainly helped me with my writing because it made me even more of a reader, and I was always an enthusiastic reader. Writing and reading seem to me to be different aspects of a single imaginative act."
- Margaret Mahy
(Related: Act, Being, Reading, Writing)

"You must consider, when reading this treatise, that mental perception, because connected with matter, is subject to conditions similar to those to which physical perception is subject."
- Maimonides
(Related: Perception, Reading)

"From 7 in the morning to 11 at night, I was reading. I don't think one can find any other time in one's life to be left alone so much to read in peace like that."
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf
(Related: Life, Peace, Time, Night, Reading)

"My Alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."
- Malcolm X
(Related: Life, Books, Curiosity, Reading, Rest)

"In reading, a lonely quiet concert is given to our minds; all our mental faculties will be present in this symphonic exaltation."
- Stephane Mallarme
(Related: Lonely, Present, Quiet, Reading, Will)

"Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year."
- Horace Mann
(Related: Day, End, Gain, Reading, Will)

"After reading Eminem's autobiography, which I did because I'm so interested in him as an artist, I respect him a lot. Even though he seems angry and mad, he's had to fight so many demons in his life."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Life, Artist, Autobiography, Fight, Reading, Respect)

"The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books."
- Katherine Mansfield
(Related: Books, Pleasure, Reading)

"I used to go with my parents and loved it, I was in school plays, and I started reading plays before I started reading novels. I'll defend it to the hilt. When theatre is good it is fabulous."
- Patrick Marber
(Related: Parents, Reading, School, Theatre)

"My life as a working theorist began three months after this preliminary study and background reading, when Oscar gently nudged me toward working on a particular problem."
- Rudolph A. Marcus
(Related: Life, Months, Reading, Study)

"If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves."
- Don Marquis
(Related: Reading, Want, Writing)

"I'm more of a visual person, but I think that reading's extremely important. But I'm very easily distracted. It takes certain books to really grab you in."
- Jason Marsden
(Related: Books, Reading)

"The scanning of barcodes, or the reading of RFID transponders, generates data that is used in a software package to provide management or control information."
- Mike Marsh
(Related: Control, Management, Information, Reading, Software)

"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Laughter, Reading)

"What I wanted to do and what I needed to do was something entirely different, and through reading Roussel I learned that I could do what I wanted all on my own and that I didn't have to rely on what had actually happened in my somewhat limited life and reading."
- Harry Mathews
(Related: Life, Reading)

"The hearing aids are very helpful for speech reading. Without the hearing aids, my voice becomes very loud, and I cannot control the quality of my voice."
- Marlee Matlin
(Related: Quality, Control, Hearing, Reading, Speech, Voice)

"Sarah Palin - now don't laugh - is writing a book. Not just reading a book, writing a book. Actually, in the word of the publisher, she's 'collaborating' on a book. What an embarrassment! It's one of these 'I told you,' books that jocks do."
- Chris Matthews
(Related: Books, Now, Reading, Word, Writing)

"Each gig should be unique. You're always treading that line between keeping yourself fresh and giving people something they want to hear."
- Brian May
(Related: People, Giving, Want)

"I wish in my own mind I were more definite - that I was absolutely convinced I'd never direct someone else's script, but I keep reading scripts, because I might find something."
- Paul Mazursky
(Related: Mind, Reading)

"A true intellectual is a man who, after reading a book and being convinced by its arguments, will shoot someone or, more likely, order someone shot."
- John McCarthy
(Related: Arguments, Being, Man, Order, Reading, Will)

"When I start to write, words have become physical presence. It was to see if I could bring that private world to life that found its first expression through reading. I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist."
- John McGahern
(Related: Life, Artist, Expression, First, Reading, Romantic, Words, World)

"I read all the time. I was reading a book I admire very much by Alice McDermot called Charming Billy."
- John McGahern
(Related: Time, Reading)

"I think technique can be taught but I think the only way to learn to write is to read, and I see writing and reading as completely related. One almost couldn't exist without the other."
- John McGahern
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime."
- Phyllis McGinley
(Related: Poetry, Reading)

"If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul."
- Roger McGough
(Related: Poetry, Father, Soul, People, Performance, Children, Comedy, Dying, Reading, Talking, Want)

"To spend this particular year reading essays to Dennis Robertson as one's supervisor, and, simultaneously, enjoying membership of the group round Keynes was indeed an intellectual treat."
- James Meade
(Related: Reading)

"By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet."
- Thomas Merton
(Related: Music, Nature, God, Feet, Fire, Glory, Reading, Sky, Trees, World)

"Court TV. I can't stop watching it. I am absolutely obsessed! If I'm not reading a book or spending time with my husband, my friends or my dog, I am watching Court TV."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Time, HusbCourt, Friends, Reading)

"I love comics. All I've been doing is reading every day, sitting in the house. Because I've not been feeling too good, so I've been reading and reading."
- Jason Mewes
(Related: Love, Day, Feeling, Reading)

"I think reading is important for a variety of things. I mean, first of all, it's a way to get information and find out what's going on in the world. But also, it helps your imagination."
- Breckin Meyer
(Related: Imagination, First, Information, Reading, Variety, World)

"All over the country, they're reading about me, and the story doesn't center on me being gay. It's just about a gay person who is doing his job."
- Harvey Milk
(Related: Being, Country, Gay, Job, Reading)

"People looking at advertisements or reading their local newspapers would have had no idea that what they were reading was bought and paid for with their tax dollars."
- George Miller
(Related: People, Idea, Tax, Newspapers, Reading)

"I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots."
- Henry Miller
(Related: America, Disaster, Night, World)

"We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Facts, Newspapers, Talk, Theories)

"I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine."
- Spike Milligan
(Related: Thought, Reading, Shakespeare)

"But by reading them again and again finally I was able to grasp the essential part. What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me! I wept for joy."
- Ho Chi Minh
(Related: Enthusiasm, Confidence, Emotion, Joy, Reading)

"Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired."
- Moliere
(Related: Work, Virtue, Books, Day, Fame, Famous, Reading, Worth)

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Related: Entertainment, Pleasure, Reading)

"I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve."
- Charles de Montesquieu
(Related: Reading)

"My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper had all the comics in NYC, so some of my earliest memories are of reading the family paper and heading straight for the comics insert."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Family, Memories, Reading)

"I judged about a zillion awards this year so I've been reading a lot of books that just came out."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Awards, Books, Reading)

"A lot of my reading over the next few months will be the works of Hans Christian Andersen - I have been appointed an ambassador for the bicentenary celebrations of his birth next year."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Christian, Months, Reading, Will)

"There were rumors I wasn't going to die. The whole cast was sitting around the table reading the script. I fell on the floor - I'm not kidding. I looked up at Katherine Heigl, and she was crying."
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan
(Related: Reading, Rumors)

"The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Poetry, Decision, Prose, Reading, Writers)

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity."
- Christopher Morley
(Related: Day, Mind, Reading, Silly, Thinking)

"I do a lot of readings."
- Paul Muldoon
"For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry."
- Paul Muldoon
(Related: Poetry, People, Reading, Reason)

"It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer."
- George Muller
(Related: Enjoyment, Prayer, Reading, Satan, Spirit, Temptation, Word)

"I spend my happiest hours in reading Vedantic books. They are to me like the light of the morning, like the pure air of the mountains - so simple, so true, if once understood."
- Max Muller
(Related: Books, Light, Mountains, Reading)

"No longer shall I paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. I will paint living people who breathe and feel and suffer and love."
- Edvard Munch
(Related: Love, Men, Women, People, Living, Reading, Will)

"I think that the online world has actually brought books back. People are reading because they're reading the damn screen. That's more reading than people used to do."
- Bill Murray
(Related: People, Books, Reading, World)

"Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading."
- Gilbert Murray
(Related: Literature, Reading)

"I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading."
- Vladimir Nabokov
(Related: Time, Effort, Reading)

"This is unusual for me. I have given readings and not lectures. I have told people who ask for lectures that I have no lecture to give. And that is true."
- V. S. Naipaul
(Related: People)

"I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading."
- V. S. Naipaul
(Related: People, Reading, Writer)

"I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading."
- V. S. Naipaul
(Related: People, Reading, Writer)

"My free time at home is usually spent emailing, listening to music, reading and talking on the phone. I wish I was on the phone less, but I have been fortunate to stay in touch with so many incredible friends."
- Steve Nash
(Related: Home, Time, Music, Friends, Listening, Reading, Talking)

"In bed at night, I could be reading some book, and I'll come across a sentence that's totally unrelated to some scene I did years ago. But I'll play the scene back in my mind and think, I did that wrong - I should've opened the door more slowly."
- Liam Neeson
(Related: Bed, Mind, Night, Play, Reading, Wrong, Years)

"I've done a number of readings at poetry lounges in Vancouver and Los Angeles. I've compiled a book of poetry that's completed, and two others I'm working on."
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Poetry)

"Language is remarkable, except under the extreme constraints of mathematics and logic, it never can talk only about what it's supposed to talk about but is always spreading around."
- Howard Nemerov
(Related: Extreme, Language, Logic, Mathematics, Remarkable, Talk)

"The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty."
- Pablo Neruda
(Related: Beauty, Truth, Thought, Books, Deep, Help, Learning, Reading)

"Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading and writing that bears his name and brings literacy, independence, and productivity to the blind."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Blind, Independence, Name, Productivity, Reading, Writing)

"What the war did was give me the opportunity of three years of continuous reading, and it was in the course of reading that I became convinced that I should become an economist."
- Douglass North
(Related: War, Opportunity, Reading, Years)

"I'm just a hired actor who was hired for a particular job, but I think one of the joys of reading the script was the way that the personal and the global are woven together."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Actor, Job, Reading)

"Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Experience, Pleasure, Reading, Understanding)

"By reading Huckleberry Finn I felt I was able to justify my act of going into the mountain forest at night and sleeping among the trees with a sense of security which I could never find indoors."
- Kenzaburo Oe
(Related: Act, Night, Reading, Security, Sense, Trees)

"Reading, like writing, is a creative act. If readers only bring a narrow range of themselves to the book, then they'll only see their narrow range reflected in it."
- Ben Okri
(Related: Act, Reading, Writing)

"Although reading the classics in Latin in school may be not as fulfilling as it would be at a more mature age, few scientists can afford the time for such diversion later in life."
- George Andrew Olah
(Related: Life, Time, Age, May, Reading, School, Scientists)

"It's always hard when you're playing someone for a lot of people out there who are going to see the movie after reading the books. There's a communion between a reader and the writer, so people will have an idea who Sirius Black is and I might not be everyone's idea of that."
- Gary Oldman
(Related: People, Idea, Books, Reading, Will, Writer)

"I'm not sure that the benefit - as a writer and as a citizen - that I would get from reading at least the front page of the Times every day or every other day would outweigh the depression."
- Sharon Olds
(Related: Day, Depression, Reading, Writer)

"I worked probably 25 years by myself, just writing and working, not trying to publish much, not giving readings."
- Mary Oliver
(Related: Giving, Trying, Writing, Years)

"As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems myself and realizing that there was a world without material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other."
- Mary Oliver
(Related: Poems, Reading, World)

"The fat lady hasn't sung yet. We'll wait until we get a look at what is in the motion passed on third reading."
- Bobby Orr
(Related: Lady, Reading)

"After all my years of playing soldiers, and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East, to see fighting, and to serve."
- Wilfred Owen
(Related: History, Fighting, Reading, Soldiers, Years)

"I am only conscious of any satisfaction in Scientific Reading or thinking when it rounds off into a poetical generality and vagueness."
- Wilfred Owen
(Related: Reading, Satisfaction, Thinking)

"Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Reading is not an exception."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Time, Pleasure, Reading)

"I recommend the art of slow reading."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Art, Reading)

"It's tempting to say the Ph.D. didn't have an effect, but it's not so. I think whatever resonance I may be able to achieve is in part simply from the amount of reading and learning that I acquired along the way."
- Robert B. Parker
(Related: Effect, Learning, May, Reading)

"'All Our Yesterdays' was unquestionably the best work I have ever done. And the reading public stayed away in droves."
- Robert B. Parker
(Related: Work, Public, Reading)

"It was the courts, of course, that took away prayer from our schools, that took away Bible reading from our schools. It's the courts that gave us same-sex marriage. So it is quite a battlefield, and the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land."
- Rod Parsley
(Related: Marriage, Bible, Court, Land, Prayer, Reading, Schools)

"Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail."
- Luciano Pavarotti
(Related: Love, Music, Learning, Mail, Reading)

"The rising cost of prescription drugs has sparked a prairie fire that is spreading across our nation."
- Timothy Pawlenty
(Related: Drugs, Fire, Nation)

"The thing I noticed about Jack was when we did a reading of the script, just to warm up."
- Amanda Peet
(Related: Reading)

"It makes me believe in fate. In most cases, the readings where I've been really bad have usually been the ones where I got the part."
- Robin Wright Penn
(Related: Fate)

"Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world."
- William Penn
(Related: Mind, Oppression, Reading, Reason, World)

"Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience."
- Thomas Perry
(Related: Experience, Work, Chastity, Hard work, Patience, Pretty, Reading)

"I do try not to spend much time reading in the suspense genre."
- Thomas Perry
(Related: Time, Reading, Suspense)

"You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York."
- William Lyon Phelps
(Related: Nature, Bible, Human nature, Living, Reading)

"When we're onstage, it's like mind reading: we're on the same page."
- Guy Picciotto
(Related: Mind)

"I went to college, but I learned to write by reading - and writing."
- Daniel Pinkwater
(Related: College, Reading, Writing)

"The head of Fermilab was reading Astonishing Stories when he was ten."
- Frederik Pohl
(Related: Reading)

"Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that, because his grades weren't all that great)."
- Frederik Pohl
(Related: Science, Fiction, First, Reading, Years)

"A lot of the cosmologists and astrophysicists clearly had been reading science fiction."
- Frederik Pohl
(Related: Science, Fiction, Reading)

"Reading a novel of a private experience, very, very different, the nature of it is very different."
- Sydney Pollack
(Related: Nature, Experience, Reading)

"I'm not altogether certain that a fundamentalism of necessity has to argue that it is the only reading of the human experience in order to stay alive."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Experience, Necessity, Order, Reading)

"Well, in The Chosen, Danny Saunders, from the heart of his religious reading of the world, encounters an element in the very heart of the secular readings of the world - Freudian psychoanalytic theory."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Heart, Reading, Religious, Theory, World)

"But today we become aware of other readings of the human experience very quickly because of the media and the speed with which people travel the planet."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Experience, Travel, People, Media, Today)

"All of us grow up in particular realities - a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood. Depending upon how we're brought up, we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it."
- Chaim Potok
(Related: Family, Home, Reading, Reality)

"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
(Related: Power, Light, Man, Reading)

"Write a lot. And finish what you write. Don't join writer's clubs and go sit around having coffee reading pieces of your manuscript to people. Write it. Finish it. I set those rules up years ago, and nothing's changed."
- Jerry Pournelle
(Related: People, Coffee, Nothing, Reading, Rules, Writer, Years)

"We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed."
- Lawrence Clark Powell
(Related: Age, Work, Books, Children, Printing, Reading, Routine)

"Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Poetry, Prose, Reading, Trouble)

"My reading is extremely eclectic. Lately I've been teaching myself computer graphics, so I'm reading a lot about that. I read books of trivia, of facts."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Books, Computer, Facts, Reading, Teaching)

"The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry."
- Reynolds Price
(Related: Poetry, Fiction, Reading)

"If I can tell you the story from beginning to end in five minutes, I'm ready to start writing. Then it's a constant spreading out of that five minutes."
- Richard Price
(Related: Beginning, End, Writing)

"I do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Act, Desire, Help, Information, Reading, Writing)

"One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Act, Attention, Reading)

"If a spectator with a philosophical mind, somebody accustomed to reading books, gets the same kind of information in a movie, he might not fully understand it."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Books, Information, Mind, Reading)

"I had passed through the entire British education system studying literature, culminating in three years of reading English at Oxford, and they'd never told me about something as basic as the importance of point of view in fiction!"
- Philip Pullman
(Related: Education, English, Importance, Literature, Reading, Years)

"I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing."
- Francis Quarles
(Related: Pleasure, Reading, Writing)

"Islam, the third in historical sequence of the ethical monotheistic religions of the Near East, was very successful in establishing its monotheism, but had only very moderate success in spreading its version of Jewish and Christian ethics to the Arabs."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Success, Successful, Christian, Islam, Ethics)

"Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics."
- Robert Quine
(Related: Music, Mathematics, Reading)

"We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
(Related: Deep, Reading)

"Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Books, Reading, Religious, sayings, Will)

"I never read Playboy before I started working there and stopped reading it the day I quit."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: Day, Reading)

"A newspaper that you're not reading can be used for anything; and the same people didn't think it was immoral to wrap their garbage in newspaper."
- Robert Rauschenberg
(Related: People, Reading)

"The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Family, Reading)

"I'm also doing constant book readings, movies. You name it, I'm doing it."
- Lynn Redgrave
(Related: Movies, Name)

"If there is any one truth from the legacy of the Cayce readings, it would be that there is a spiritual dimension to humans, something beyond time and space."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Time, Truth, Space, Spiritual)

"Raquel Welch is someone I can also live without. We've got some love scenes together and I am dreading them!"
- Oliver Reed
(Related: Love)

"Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development - an insight came from that book."
- Robert Reed
(Related: Science, Development, Fiction, First, Reading)

"I loved the material when I first read it, and the experience of making the film was a great one. So when we came around to complete the trilogy, I just signed on board without even reading the scripts because the experience of the first film was so good."
- Keanu Reeves
(Related: Experience, Film, First, Reading)

"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere."
- Jean Rhys
(Related: Home, Reading)

"Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer. He has made a contribution. People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen King's books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books."
- Anne Rice
(Related: People, Books, Future, Reading, Will, Writer)

"I have been reading scripts, going to auditions and looking for the right opportunities."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Reading, Right)

"The first reading of a Will, where a person dies worth anything considerable, generally affords a true test of the relations' love to the deceased."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Love, First, Reading, Will, Worth)

"I love reading people. I really enjoy watching, observing, and being able to figure out a person, the reason they wore that dress, the reason they smell the way they do."
- Rihanna
(Related: Love, People, Being, Dress, Reading, Reason)

"I went into this job to do plays, but that's here for 10 weeks, and the rest of the year I do a lot of other things-the administrative work of planning, reading plays."
- Michael Ritchie
(Related: Work, Job, Planning, Reading, Rest)

"I had the advantage of reading the book, and when the script was first submitted to me, it was just another gangster story - the east side taking over the west side and all that."
- Edward G. Robinson
(Related: First, Reading)

"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Men, Observation, Reading, Rest)

"A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people."
- Will Rogers
(Related: People, Man, Reading)

"Next door to Ethiopia spreading out along the strategic Red Sea coastline is Eritrea, a relatively new country, and a place that few Americans seem to fully understand."
- Dana Rohrabacher
(Related: Americans, Country, Sea)

"Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Women, Life, People, Danger, Idleness, Man, Reading, Solitude)

"I think many people were surprised by the victory of the Congress, because it was really hard to see beyond the sort of haze of hatred that the Hindu nationalists had been spreading."
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: People, Victory, Hindu, Congress, Hatred)

"I do readings at the public library. I just did a benefit scene night for my old acting teacher."
- Mark Ruffalo
(Related: Acting, Night, Old, Public)

"Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It's a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically."
- Geoffrey Rush
(Related: Dad, Time, People, Ideas, Culture, Nation, Reading, School)

"A book worth reading is worth buying."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Buying, Reading, Worth)

"Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Life, Being, Books, Quiet, Reading, Waste)

"When I was working on my career, I was very aware of what I had done, what I wanted to do next. I'm having a good time just reading things that might be interesting to do."
- Kurt Russell
(Related: Time, Career, Reading)

"Reading isn't good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn't hit home runs. So I gave up reading."
- Babe Ruth
(Related: Home, Eyes, Reading)

"It is to be deeply regretted that the clergymen would oppose an effort to teach the people the Bible truths; nevertheless, we find much opposition everywhere, and many clergymen will attempt to prevent the people from reading what is here written."
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(Related: People, Bible, Effort, Opposition, Reading, Will)

"I finally decided one day, reading science fiction magazines of the time, I could do at least as well as some of these people are doing. So I finally made a serious effort."
- Fred Saberhagen
(Related: Science, Time, People, Day, Effort, Fiction, Reading)

"If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing."
- William Safire
(Related: Work, Repetition)

"It got so bad that by the time I was graduated, the only reading I did was in order to get the grade and the only writing I did was in order to get the grade."
- R. A. Salvatore
(Related: Time, Order, Reading, Writing)

"Writing a book for me, I expect, is very similar to the experience of reading the book for my readers."
- R. A. Salvatore
(Related: Experience, Reading, Writing)

"I think the reason I don't read is because, when I'm reading, I feel like I'm missing out on something else. You know, What are my friends doing? Where's my girlfriend?"
- Adam Sandler
(Related: Girlfriend, Friends, Reading, Reason)

"I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Home, Books, Curiosity, Help, Public, Reading, Taste, Will)

"The reader has to be creative when he's reading. He has to try to make the thing alive. A good reader has to do a certain amount of work when he is reading."
- Nathalie Sarraute
(Related: Work, Reading)

"Now that I'm taking some time off from school, I've been reading a lot to make sure I don't forget everything. It's mostly classics and nonfiction accounts from actors, directors and writers from the '40s and '50s."
- Fred Savage
(Related: Time, Actors, Forget, Now, Reading, School, Writers)

"Be able to recognize when you're reading or hearing material biased to your own side."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Hearing, Reading)

"Spending waiting moments doing crossword puzzles or reading a book you brought yourself."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Moments, Reading, Waiting)

"The art of reading between the lines is as old as manipulated information."
- Serge Schmemann
(Related: Art, Information, Old, Reading)

"Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere."
- Mary Schmich
(Related: Reading)

"There are two types of encryption: one that will prevent your sister from reading your diary and one that will prevent your government."
- Bruce Schneier
(Related: Government, Sister, Reading, Will)

"Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Reading, Thinking)

"I've never know any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Reading, Trouble)

"Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own."
- Charles Scribner, Jr.
(Related: Mind, Reading, Thinking)

"Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life."
- Charles Scribner, Jr.
(Related: Life, Soul, Intellect, Language, Reading)

"Don't ask who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life."
- Giorgos Seferis
(Related: Life, Reading)

"How well he's read, to reason against reading!"
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Reason)

"I try to deal with my serious reading before work."
- Donna Shalala
(Related: Work, Reading)

"I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury."
- William Shatner
(Related: Reading)

"Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Gentleman, Reading)

"I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in it."
- Robert Sheckley
(Related: Reading)

"You write with ease to show your breeding, but easy writing's curst hard reading."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Breeding, Reading, Writing)

"But with comics you're reading and assimilating an image simultaneously, instead of just reading or watching the tube."
- Bill Sienkiewicz
(Related: Reading)

"I can't talk about foreign policy like anyone who's spent their life reading and learning foreign policy. But as a citizen in a democracy, it's very important that I participate in that."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Life, Policy, Democracy, Foreign policy, Learning, Reading, Talk)

"It made me think about a whole area of human activity that was not really a concern to me before that, because I was involved in reading Chinese history, or languages, or whatever."
- Ron Silver
(Related: History, Concern, Reading)

"Imagine - four years you could have spent travelling around Europe meeting people, or going to the Far East of Africa or India, meeting people, exchanging ideas, reading all you wanted to anyway, and instead I wasted it at Roosevelt."
- Shel Silverstein
(Related: People, Ideas, Europe, Meeting, Reading, Years)

"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence."
- Edith Sitwell
(Related: Music, Hobbies, Listening, Reading, Silence)

"A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits."
- Edith Sitwell
(Related: People, Now, Reading, Writing)

"We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading."
- B. F. Skinner
(Related: Love, Books, Reading)

"Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing."
- John Sladek
(Related: Influence, Reading, Writing)

"This is mainly because I spend a lot of time writing and so don't have much time to read; I hate to waste that time reading what may turn out to be junk food for the mind, when there's so much real writing to be read."
- John Sladek
(Related: Food, Time, Hate, May, Mind, Reading, Waste, Writing)

"If ever we had proof that our nation's pollution laws aren't working, it's reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Babies, Laws, Nation, Pollution, Proof, Reading)

"Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel."
- Jane Smiley
(Related: Reading, Sound)

"But I was also doing odd jobs around Portland, like spreading gravel and transplanting bamboo trees."
- Elliott Smith
(Related: Jobs, Trees)

"The Southern slave would obey God in respect to marriage, and also to the reading and studying of His word. But this, as we have seen, is forbidden him."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: God, Marriage, Forbidden, Reading, Respect, Word)

"I'm still reading some scripts and I model as well, so I'm still doing that. But I don't want to do like just anything so we're being really selective about the stuff I'll do."
- Kim Smith
(Related: Being, Reading, Want)

"People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading."
- Logan P. Smith
(Related: Life, People, Reading)

"I started reading and talking and interviewing nutritionists and a thread was starting to form for me which is - a protein digests in a different rate of speed than a carbohydrate."
- Suzanne Somers
(Related: Reading, Talking)

"My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being."
- Wole Soyinka
(Related: Music, Being, Humanity, Listening, Nothing, Opera, Painting, Poems, Reading, Struggle, Writers)

"By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's possible to learn how things are done - the mechanics of writing, so to speak - and which genres and authors excel in various areas."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Questions, Reading, Variety, Writing)

"Spreading the news is your duty as a Christian, and there are many ways to do this."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Christian, Duty, News)

"And I believe that public broadcasting has an important trust with the American people, it's an intimate medium of television, and that we can do reading and language development for young children without getting into human sexuality."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Trust, People, Development, American, Children, Language, Public, Reading, Sexuality, Television)

"As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very beginnings of my reading for pleasure, I read a lot of non-fictional history, particularly historical biography."
- Norman Spinrad
(Related: Science, History, Beginnings, Biography, Fiction, Pleasure, Reading)

"I couldn't put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would've stayed with the band."
- Ringo Starr
(Related: Time, Reason)

"Reading is to the mind what exercising is to the body."
- Richard Steele
(Related: Body, Mind, Reading)

"Hard writing makes easy reading."
- Wallace Stegner
(Related: Reading, Writing)

"A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: Reading, Woman)

"People who have been made to suffer by certain things cannot be reminded of them without a horror which paralyses every other pleasure, even that to be found in reading a story."
- Stendhal
(Related: People, Horror, Pleasure, Reading)

"When I decided to take writing seriously, I did a lot of reading and analyzing of the books I liked, and came up with what I thought were pretty sound plotting and structure basics."
- George Stephen
(Related: Thought, Books, Pretty, Reading, Sound, Writing)

"I've been reading horror since I was five years old."
- George Stephen
(Related: Horror, Old, Reading, Years)

"I went through a period where I was really tired of seeing and reading about myself."
- Michael Stipe
(Related: Reading)

"I still can't decide which is more fun - reading or writing."
- Rex Stout
(Related: Fun, Reading, Writing)

"I remember nearly having a fit of the giggles during the reading because dear Daniel was SO respectful and serious and I was finding the whole situation funny because I was speaking to his profile."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Funny, Reading)

"Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading."
- Igor Stravinsky
(Related: Music, Drama, Film, Living, Reading)

"An hour or two spent in writing from dictation, another hour or two in reading aloud, a little geography and a little history and a little physics made the day pass busily."
- Hudson Stuck
(Related: History, Day, Geography, Physics, Reading, Writing)

"I sent The World Well Lost to one editor who rejected it on sight, and then wrote a letter to every other editor in the field warning them against the story, and urging them to reject it on sight without reading it."
- Theodore Sturgeon
(Related: Reading, Sight, World)

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it."
- William Styron
(Related: Reading)

"Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay."
- William Styron
(Related: Loneliness, Reading, State)

"I watched what method Nature might take, with intention of subduing the symptom by treading in her footsteps."
- Thomas Sydenham
(Related: Nature, Footsteps, Intention)

"I'm a good scholar when it comes to reading but a blotting kind of writer when you give me a pen."
- John Millington Synge
(Related: Pen, Reading, Writer)

"The forbidden things were a great influence on my life. I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Life, Forbidden, Influence, Reading)

"The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice - by work."
- Donna Tartt
(Related: Work, Listening, Practice, Reading, Style)

"And I tell ya, when I sit in that sound booth and started reading the script and starting to get into the character, man, it's an easy jump for me, because I understand what it's all about."
- Lawrence Taylor
(Related: Character, Man, Reading, Sound)

"The readings of Soviet society are as many as the experts you speak to. In my view, it's a society that is overdue for measures of democratization and organization."
- E. P. Thompson
(Related: Society, Experts)

"I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren't really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening."
- Ken Thompson
(Related: Gardening, Work, Job, Literature, Reading)

"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Acting, Living, Reading)

"I really enjoy acting. At home I can't even finish a sentence, and here I am reading these wonderful lines. I think it must be every housewife's dream, to be an actress part-time."
- Meg Tilly
(Related: Home, Dream, Acting, Housewife, Reading)

"Shakespeare fascinated me. He hardly ever left the country. His imagination was worldwide though reading."
- Michael Tippett
(Related: Imagination, Country, Reading, Shakespeare)

"There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Time, Drama, First, Reading, Shakespeare)

"Throughout that period, Japan had made honest efforts to keep the destruction of war from spreading and, based on the belief that all nations of the world should find their places, had followed a policy designed to restore an expeditious peace between Japan and China."
- Hideki Tojo
(Related: Peace, War, Policy, Belief, Destruction, Nations, World)

"I enjoyed reading as a child."
- Goh C. Tong
(Related: Reading)

"I wanted to become a writer. I enjoyed reading as a child."
- Goh Chok Tong
(Related: Reading, Writer)

"Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading."
- G. M. Trevelyan
(Related: Education, Population, Reading, Worth)

"The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Habit, Enjoyment, Reading)

"What I was reading was already part of my psyche, but finally someone else was saying it's okay to walk alone."
- Charlie Trotter
(Related: Reading, Saying)

"I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of state and of government meet only to go through the tedious motions of reading speeches, drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat."
- Pierre Trudeau
(Related: Government, Fact, Reading, State)

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Men, Victory, First, Reading, Self)

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Health, Books, May, Reading)

"It's good to know how to read, but it's dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you're reading."
- Mike Tyson
(Related: Reading)

"Every time there's a revolution, it comes from somebody reading a book about revolution. David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing."
- Mike Tyson
(Related: Time, Revolution, Reading)

"There's a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean."
- Carrie Underwood
(Related: People, American, Reading)

"Books, I don't know what you see in them. I can understand a person reading them, but I can't for the life of me see why people have to write them."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Life, People, Books, Reading)

"Whether you've done anything wrong or not people will write whatever they want, so it's just a matter of not reading it, not buying into it, and hopefully the people that do read it realise that it's just fictional stories for entertainment."
- Holly Valance
(Related: People, Buying, Entertainment, Reading, Want, Will, Wrong)

"I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed."
- Jack Vance
(Related: Reading)

"I don't particularly dislike any kind of person that might be reading my stuff. They like it and that's cool, but I don't do the work for any kind of group in particular, except for hobos, who just plain kick ass and light up my life."
- Jhonen Vasquez
(Related: Life, Work, Light, Reading)

"I don't want little kids reading my comics."
- Jhonen Vasquez
(Related: Kids, Reading, Want)

"The last book I read was the book I've been rereading most of my life, The Fountainhead."
- Vince Vaughn
(Related: Life)

"I turned down the first script offered to me, and the second. I lay on my back one day under an umbrella, in the garden, reading the third, and wondered why I had turned down the first."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: Day, First, Garden, Reading)

"Windows favors multi-threading, which means that a service is implemented by one single process."
- Wietse Venema
(Related: Favors, Service, Windows)

"We've had risk assessments performed by Harvard University, which said that even if we did have a small number of cases in this country that the likelihood of it spreading or getting into any kind of human health problem is very, very small."
- Ann Veneman
(Related: Health, Country, Risk, University)

"I think that's unjustified criticism. We have had a number of measures in place in this country for several years to mitigate the possibility of mad cow spreading in this country. We have found a single case."
- Ann Veneman
(Related: Possibility, Country, Criticism, Years)

"I was reading a book... 'the history of glue' - I couldn't put it down."
- Tim Vine
(Related: History, Reading)

"Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Science, Fantasy, Fiction, Literature, Reading, Variety)

"Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors."
- David Viscott
(Related: Life, Reading)

"I think I'm a very good reader of poetry, but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems, and I'm not shy about presenting them, so if people ask for my critical response to a poem, I tell them what works and why, and what doesn't work and why."
- Diane Wakoski
(Related: Work, Poetry, People, Poems, Reading)

"From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not."
- Diane Wakoski
(Related: Poetry, American, Myth, Reading)

"I think the kind of unexpected I really love is when you open books and the actual way of writing is different and interesting. Like reading Virginia Woolf for the first time or Lawrence Durrell for the first time."
- Lalla Ward
(Related: Love, Time, Books, First, Open, Reading, Writing)

"Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid, and the majority of reading material I collected was an adjunct to that central concern, comic books and magazines included."
- Chris Ware
(Related: Books, Concern, Majority, Reading, Television)

"I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs."
- Andy Warhol
(Related: Home, Disease, Dogs, Night, Rumors)

"Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Nothing)

"All alone in a committee room of the Senate Office Building in Washington, I was reading the dry typewritten pages in an unpublished report of an almost forgotten congressional committee hearing."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Building, Committee, Hearing, Office, Reading, Senate, Washington)

"When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies."
- Irvine Welsh
(Related: History, Religion, Science, Fiction, Philosophy, Reading, Writing)

"It's different in Scotland. People who come to readings are more interested in literature as such, but the readership in general is really quite diverse. It's a cliche, but it's said that people who read my books don't read any other books, and you do get that element."
- Irvine Welsh
(Related: People, Books, Literature, Scotland)

"Because these show are live, script pages are being switched during the program and new commercial teases might be yelled in your ear with just enough time to scribble them on scrap paper before reading them."
- Randy West
(Related: Time, Being, Reading)

"I'm not very good at relaxing. Reading's the main thing. On the bus, on the tube, on the loo. Literally all the time. I mean, I don't think there's a moment of the day when I wouldn't be if I was left alone."
- Samuel West
(Related: Time, Day, Reading)

"I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn't stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom."
- Samuel West
(Related: Actors, Fact, Parents, Reading)

"At the same time, reading an action script... It makes me wonder. Was The Matrix a good script? I don't know."
- Shane West
(Related: Time, Action, Reading, Wonder)

"Reading music is like listening to flowers. I don't understand the concept."
- Paul Westerberg
(Related: Music, Flowers, Listening, Reading)

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
- Edith Wharton
"Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays."
- Patrick White
(Related: Age, Poetry, Literary, Reading, Running, Writing)

"Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS caused people to panic."
- Ryan White
(Related: People, Kissing, Rumors, Tears)

"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Reading)

"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Work, Day, Hearing, Reading)

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government."
- John Sharp Williams
(Related: Government, History, Reading)

"It's exciting to do something like this because usually what happens in theater is that, after the first or second reading of a play, it falls apart completely and the rehearsal process is such that you begin to pick up the pieces and put it back together again."
- Treat Williams
(Related: First, Play, Reading, Theater)

"I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available to the reading public at a reasonable price."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Technology, Work, Public, Reading)

"I'd like to encourage people to please keep reading-and most importantly, to please keep trying new writers. The only way we can bring fresh new material into the field is if people go out and buy it."
- Terri Windling
(Related: People, Reading, Trying, Writers)

"Spreading out the particle into a string is a step in the direction of making everything we're familiar with fuzzy. You enter a completely new world where things aren't at all what you're used to."
- Edward Witten
(Related: Direction, World)

"I've always been that way. I'm not very good at reading music but I'm pretty quick at picking things up."
- Roy Wood
(Related: Music, Pretty, Quick, Reading)

"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones."
- John Wooden
(Related: Books, Old, Reading)

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."
- Mary Wortley
(Related: Company, Entertainment, Loss, Pleasure, Reading, Regret, Variety, Want, Will)

"I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything."
- Steven Wright
(Related: Thought, Reading)

"Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all."
- William Butler Yeats
(Related: Hope, Dying, End, Man)

"Well, I've been reading a lot about the fifty years since the Second World War, about Western foreign policy and all that. I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes I just think that there's no hope."
- Thom Yorke
(Related: War, Policy, Hope, Foreign policy, Reading, World, World war, Years)

"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
- Henny Youngman
(Related: Drinking, Reading)

"I suppose if I was to have to pick a few, Ursula LeGuin would have to top the list. It was while reading her work that I decided I wanted to be an author."
- Sarah Zettel
(Related: Work, Reading)

"When I'm not at the keyboard, I'm generally reading, practicing tai chi or middle eastern dance, or cooking."
- Sarah Zettel
(Related: Dance, Cooking, Reading)

"It's really unfair to working women in America who read celebrity news and think, 'Why can't I lose weight when I've had a baby?' Well, everyone you're reading about has money for a trainer and a chef. That doesn't make it realistic."
- Rachel Zoe
(Related: Money, Women, America, Baby, Celebrity, News, Reading, Weight)

"I'm getting ready to write a piece now, and it's been six months thinking about it, changing the instrumentation, changing the name, doing more reading."
- John Zorn
(Related: Months, Name, Now, Reading, Thinking)