Reading books Quotes


A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

A Dance with Dragons

George R.R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons

You know that feeling, she said, when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.

Clockwork Princess

Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

You're never alone when you're reading a book.

Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.

[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.

When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it.

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation... A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.

She'd become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.

Life is too short to read books that I'm not enjoying.

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.

I am a grenade," I said again. "I just want to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there's nothing I can do about hurting you: You're too invested, so just please let me do that, okay?
"I'm going to go to my room and read for awhile, okay? I'm fine. I really am fine: I just want to go read for a while.

I'm pretty sure my addiction to reading has just reached a whole new level.

Hopeless

Colleen Hoover

Hopeless

Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.

In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time -- none, zero. You'd be amazed at how much Warren reads--and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I'm a book with a couple of legs sticking out.

Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always good company if you have the right sort.

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.

I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.

I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours.

I read like the flame reads the wood.

People who say they don't have time to read simply don't want to.

Maybe reading was just a way to make her feel less alone, to keep her company. When you read something you are stopped, the moment is stayed, you can sometimes be there more fully than you can in your real life.

Books don't change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences.

But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you've traveled with them through every page?

Books fall open, you fall in

Books fall open, you fall in

There is something called the rapture of the deep, and it refers to what happens when a deep-sea diver spends too much time at the bottom of the ocean and can't tell which way is up. When he surfaces, he's liable to have a condition called the bends, where the body can't adapt to the oxygen levels in the atmosphere. All of this happens to me when I surface from a great book.

An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. The texture of the world is painful, inadequate; unalterable, or so it seems to me. Really, I believe that an entire life spent reading would have suited me best. Such a life has not been granted me...

Whatever

Michel Houellebecq

Whatever

the book I was reading turned out to be
crack

If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find 'reality' a bit of a disappointment.

This book is a treasure; I did not suspect it would be so good when I picked it up, but now I can feel the printed words seeping through my skin and into my veins, rushing to my heart and marking it forever.
I want to savor this wonder, this happening of loving a book and reading it for the first time, because the first time is always the best, and I will never read this book for the first time ever again.

إن الكتب مثل الناس فيهم السيد الوقور وفيهم الكيس الظريف وفيهم الجميل الرائع وفيهم الساذج الصادق وفيهم الأديب والمخطئ والخائن والجاهل والوضيع والخليع

Hay quienes no pueden imaginar un mundo sin pájaros; hay quienes no pueden imaginar un mundo sin agua; en lo que a mi se refiere, soy incapaz de imaginar un mundo sin libros.

Lectura    Libro    Libros    Read    Reading books

...there are so many books left to read. For that reason alone it is worth going on living. Books make me happy, the help me escape from reality.

Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.

Do you like
Moby Dick
?" he asks.
"I hate it," she says. "And I don't say that about many things. Teachers assign it, and parents are happy because their kids are reading something of 'quality.' But it's forcing kids to read books like that that make them think they hate reading.

You can’t enjoy art or books in a hurry.

The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.

Each time we come to a book we give it a different reading because we bring a different person to it. It is not you who reads the book, the book reads you

The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.

What is it with you and that book?"
Rafael laughed. "We have a personal relationship.

Never judge a book by its movie.

Description is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned skill,one of the prime reasons you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It's not just a question of how-to, you see; it's a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how. You can learn only by doing.

A book is like a key that fits into the tumbler of the soul. The two parts have to match in order for each to unlock. Then—
click
—a world opens.

Reading a book, for me at least, is like traveling in someone else's world. If it's a good book, then you feel comfortable and yet anxious to see what's going to happen to you there, what'll be around the next corner. But if it's a lousy book, then it's like going through Secaucus, New Jersey -- it smells and you wish you weren't there, but since you've started the trip, you roll up the windows and breathe through your mouth until you're done.

Reading requires actual
concentration
. If you skipped a paragraph, or even an important sentence, you could lose the entire story. With most TV shows, though, you didn't have to concentrate at all. You could space out for a good ten minutes, then come back and still figure out what was going on.

When I began writing The Night Bookmobile, it was a story about a woman's secret life as a reader. As I worked it also became a story about the claims that books place on their readers, the imbalance between our inner and outer lives, a cautionary tale of the seductions of the written word. It became a vision of the afterlife as a library, of heaven as a funky old camper filled with everything you've ever read. What is this heaven? What is it we desire from the hours, weeks, lifetimes we devote to books? What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?

The ability to read becomes devalued when what one has learned to read adds nothing of importance to one's life.

Lost in my dreams, I somehow cross at the traffic signals, bumping into street lamps or people, yet moving onward, exuding fumes of beer and grime, yet smiling, because my briefcase is full of books and that very night I expect them to tell me things about myself I don't know.

Too Loud a Solitude

Bohumil Hrabal

Too Loud a Solitude

I prefer the company of books. When I'm reading, I'm never alone, I have a conversation with the book. It can be very intimate. Perhaps you know this feeling yourself? The sense that you're having an intellectual exchange with the author, following his or her train thought and you accompany each other for weeks on end.

The true reader reads every work seriously in the sense that he reads it whole-heartedly, makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every work solemly or gravely. For he will read 'in the same spirit that the author writ.'... He will never commit the error of trying to munch whipped cream as if it were venison.

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