The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.
People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.
There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.
When a reader enters the pages of a book of poetry, he or she enters a world where dreams transform the past into knowledge made applicable to the present, and where visions shape the present into extraordinary possibilities for the future.
My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.
The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large.
People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers.
Reading, literacy and learning are fundamentally important to establishing strong and stable democracies. Visit your local public library and expand your mind.
With words at your disposal, you can see more clearly. Finding the words is another step in learning to see.
To teachers, education is just a duty, but to students, it's their right.
We awaken by asking the right questions.
The higher the proportion of adults with low literacy proficiency is, the slower the overall long-term GDP growth rate is.
All over the world there are enormous numbers of smart, even gifted, people who harbor a passion for science. But that passion is unrequited. Surveys suggest that some 95 percent of Americans are “scientifically illiterate.” That’s just the same fraction as those African Americans, almost all of them slaves, who were illiterate just before the Civil War—when severe penalties were in force for anyone who taught a slave to read. Of course there’s a degree of arbitrariness about any determination of illiteracy, whether it applies to language or to science. But anything like 95 percent illiteracy is extremely serious.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
As long as you have any floor space at all, you have room for books! Just make two stacks of books the same height, place them three or four feet apart, lay a board across them, and repeat. Viola! Bookshelves!
Some say they get lost in books, but I find myself, again and again, in the pages of a good book. Humanly speaking, there is no greater teacher, no greater therapist, no greater healer of the soul, than a well-stocked library.
All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
Who made you Queen of Literacy? Go sit in your car!