Reading Quotes

A good book reflects the reader, as much as it illuminates the author’s texts

Thursday, July 8th, 2010
illuminated manuscript

Claire nodded in understanding.

“Now,” Goninan said, imagine a book that literally is different for each person who reads it.”

Janey frowned. “Do you men that the story I’m reading in…”

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New words germinate and bring forth new ideas, and they are the stuff out of which heaven and earth are made

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
budding tree branch

I ask all her friends to encourage her to tell them of her doings, and to manifest as much curiosity and pleasure in her little adventures as they possibly can. This gratifies the child’s love of approbation and keeps up her interest in things. This is the basis of real intercourse. She makes many mistakes, of course, twists words and phrases, puts the cart before the horse, and gets herself into hopeless tangles of nouns and verbs; but so does the hearing child.

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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use reading it at all

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Librarian Godiva

Pure modernity of form is always somewhat vulgarising. It cannot help being so. The public imagine that, because they are interested in their immediate surroundings, Art should be interested in them also, and should take…

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Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be intensely alive.

Friday, December 18th, 2009
balls of light

To read and be conscious of the act of reading is for some men (the writer among them) to suffer. I loathe the operation. My eyes are geared for the horizon. Nevertheless I do read for days on end when I have caught the…

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There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.

Monday, October 12th, 2009
magnifying glass, face

“Have you read ‘Blood on the Banisters’?”

“Oh, yes! I thought it was better than ‘Severed Throats’.”

“So did I,” said Cyril. “Much better. Brighter murderers, subtler detectives, crisper clues… better in every way…”

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Many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book

Friday, October 9th, 2009
walden pond

There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and understand, would be more salutary than the morning or the spring to our lives, and possibly put a new aspect on the face of…

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Please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall

Sunday, September 13th, 2009
day of the dead tvs

Then fill the shelves with lots of books,

Ignoring all the dirty looks,

The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,

And children hitting you with sticks…

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You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
reading a book

People that like to read are always a little fucked up. Let’s haul her out of here tomorrow and take her back down to Colleton. I’ll put her to work on the shrimp boat. The salt air will clear her…

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“#Reading and You” Contest Winner!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The winner of QuoteSnack’s #reading and you contest is @happycampergirl, who tweeted, “Teaching kids to read is my way of teaching them to live.” I couldn’t agree more.

When she’s ready, @happycampergirl can pick out up to $30 of goodies from…

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She has learned that everything has a name, and that the manual alphabet is the key to everything she wants to know.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
hands in water from pump

We went out to the pump-house, and I made Helen hold her mug under the spout while I pumped. As the cold water gushed forth, filling the mug, I spelled “w-a-t-e-r” in Helen’s free hand. The word coming so close upon the sensation of cold water rushing over her hand seemed to startle her. She dropped the…

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She has no idea yet that everything has a name

Monday, March 9th, 2009
finger alphabet sample

It was evident that she recognized the dog, for she put her arms round her neck and squeezed her. Then Helen sat down by her and began to manipulate her claws. We couldn’t think for a second what she was doing, but when we saw her make the letters “d-o-l-l” on her own fingers, we knew that she was trying to teach…

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All that Shakespeare says of the king, yonder slip of a boy that reads in the corner feels to be true of himself.

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

All that Shakespeare says of the king, yonder slip of a boy that reads in the corner feels to be true of himself. We sympathize in the great moments of history, in the great discoveries, the great resistances, the great prosperities of men; — because there law was enacted, the sea was…

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