Thursday, July 15, 2004

Great Quotes about Reading

 "Easy reading is damned hard writing."  (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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

"It's a very intimate experience, reading a book. You're as close as you get to anyone except in bed. No, closer."  (J. G. Ballard)"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written."  (Oscar Wilde)

"A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators." (Malcolm Bradbury)

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are."(Mason Cooley)

"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight." (Robertson Davies)

"Reading, in contrast to sitting before the screen, is not a purely passive exercise. The child, particularly one who reads a book dealing with real life, has nothing before it but the hieroglyphics of the printed page. Imagination must do the rest; and imagination is called upon to do it. Not so the television screen. Here everything is spelled out for the viewer, visually, in motion, and in all three dimensions. No effort of imagination is called upon for its enjoyment." (George F. Kenna)
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