Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.
Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people's ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.
A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.
If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.
My life is a reading list.
Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.
You don't read Gatsby, I said, to learn whether adultery is good or bad but to learn about how complicated issues such as adultery and fidelity and marriage are. A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil.
Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
She didn't read books so she didn't know that she was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.
Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them. Readers and writers alike discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves.