Quotations on Reading

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When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Computers, History, Books, Past, Reading, Writing)

I love doing normal things - movies, shopping, going out with friends, writing, reading, taking hot bubble baths - that's a big one for relaxation. I also love to go to art and history museums.
- Christina Aguilera
(Keywords: Art, History, Love, Movies, Friends, Museums, Reading, Relaxation, Writing)

I've done both theatre and film and the fact is if you start believing, if you start reading things and they're good reviews - you believe that and you're lost, and then you read bad reviews and you think that's true and you read that and you're lost.
- Jenny Agutter
(Keywords: Fact, Film, Reading, Theatre)

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Poetry, Class, First, Poems, Reading, Teaching)

I got to spend all of my time every day at work reading and editing papers about cutting-edge technical research and getting paid for it. Then I'd go home at night and turn what I learned into science fiction stories.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Home, Science, Time, Work, Day, Fiction, Night, Reading, Research)

When I got to the reading all the work, I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental play that I'd already written. And I didn't want to be an actor.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Being, Play, Reading, Want)

No one bothered reading the books and understanding - and again, I'm not being high-falutin' about it - but I think our books are great literature with great metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes.
- Avi Arad
(Keywords: Life, Being, Books, Literature, Metaphors, Reading, Understanding)

After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Religion, Nothing, Reading, Religious, Years)

Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others.
- Antonin Artaud
(Keywords: Poetry, Poets, Reading, Worth)

I think people enjoy reading about money, but the people who are in charge of giving me guidance tell me not to talk about it in interviews. Why not? That's what everybody thinks about.
- Sean Astin
(Keywords: Money, People, Giving, Guidance, Reading, Talk)

And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Beginning, Reading, Word)

An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Quality, American, Day, Present, Quantity, Reading, State, World)

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Man, Reading, Writing)

But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Age, Art, People, American, Reading, Writing)

I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read - they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Home, Life, Kids, Reading, Weekend)

The attitude of the actor is his interpretation of what he reads, and the written word is what creates the role in the actor's mind, and I guess in reading the things that were given to me, I reacted as you guys saw me, you know.
- Gene Barry
(Keywords: Attitude, Actor, Mind, Reading, Word)

People really want to think that these things really happened. I don't know why that important, but I know that when I finish reading a novel or something, I want to know how much of that really happened to this author.
- Alison Bechdel
(Keywords: People, Reading, Want)

I was in the tennis bubble. I wasn't thinking about the big picture. I didn't notice what they said on television, I wasn't reading any papers. I had a coach and a manager, and they kept me in the bubble.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Manager, Coach, Reading, Television, Tennis, Thinking)

A few years after my first son was born, he wanted to know how we chose his name, so I began reading him the story of Noah's Ark.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Son, First, Name, Reading, Years)

There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading may be given without first getting the author's permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: First, May, Public, Reading, Saying)

Once in a while you start having second thoughts, then you read a letter from someone that lifts your spirits so much - it really makes a huge difference. I love reading them.
- Corbin Bleu
(Keywords: Love, Thoughts, Difference, Reading, Spirits)

When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Keywords: Books, Fact, Numbers, Reading, Will, Words)

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David.
- William Brewster
(Keywords: Bible, Prayer, Reading, Singing, Songs)

He looked like such a Republican. He dressed like Pee-Wee Herman. But had I known what he had done when I was reading about him, I might have thought different.
- Matthew Bright
(Keywords: Thought, Reading, Republican)

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading books is a more and more unusual experience, and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright
(Keywords: Experience, People, Books, Pleasure, Reading, Want, Writers)

I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.
- Vera Brittain
(Keywords: Marriage, Wife, Husband, Court, Reading, Talk, Talking)

I'd begun reading Crumb shortly before that, and other underground stuff, so that was an influence to some degree. Of course the Marvel and DC comics, they had been my main interests in my teenage years.
- Chester Brown
(Keywords: Influence, Reading, Teenage, Years)

I was looking to do something non-fiction because I had done a strip, 'My Mom Was a Schizophrenic.' I really enjoyed the process of doing that strip, despite its subject matter. To do it I'd had to do a lot of research and reading and I figured I'd like to do that again.
- Chester Brown
(Keywords: Mom, Reading, Research)

Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork - reading, writing, thinking - can.
- Helen Gurley Brown
(Keywords: Beauty, Reading, Thinking, Writing)

Much of my reading time over the last decade and a half has been spent reading aloud to my children. Those children's bedtime rituals of supper, bath, stories, and sleep have been a staple of my life and some of the best, most special times I can remember.
- Louise Brown
(Keywords: Life, Time, Children, Reading, Rituals, Sleep)

The importance and influence of books on me has been cumulative: the result of hearing and reading lots of stories about interesting people and places.
- Louise Brown
(Keywords: People, Books, Hearing, Importance, Influence, Reading, Result)

To describe my scarce leisure time in today's terms, I always default to reading.
- Jimmy Buffett
(Keywords: Time, Leisure, Reading, Today)

Instinct taught me 20 years ago to pace a song or a concert performance. That translates into pacing a story, pleasing a reading audience.
- Jimmy Buffett
(Keywords: Performance, Instinct, Reading, Song, Years)

You can learn as much about the history from reading about the present as you can vice versa, that is learning about the present through history, which is what I do for a living.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: History, Learning, Living, Present, Reading, Vice)

Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.
- Augusten Burroughs
(Keywords: Focus, Reading, Solitude)

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Time, Fiction, Reading, Writing)

And I'm auditioning right now for a movie, and then I have a script that I'm reading right now for a horror film, and I'm meeting for a couple of television shows that I just had yesterday, and pretty much was offered one of them.
- Trishelle Cannatella
(Keywords: Film, Horror, Meeting, Now, Pretty, Reading, Right, Television, Yesterday)

It's like the code of living by yourself. People who are single know what I'm talking about. You eat standing up, reading the paper. Or you say to yourself, this isn't even cutting it, I'm taking a TV dinner and I'm getting in bed here.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Keywords: People, Bed, Living, Reading, Talking)

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Experience, History, Reading, World)

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver
(Keywords: Nature, God, Books, Reading, Voice)

I am so sick of reading about another car bomb, another suicide bomber, another 10, 20, 30, 70, 100 people dead in a day, both Americans and Iraqis.
- Rosanne Cash
(Keywords: Car, People, Americans, Day, Reading, Suicide)

The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country, out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk of unconscious imitation.
- Leslie Charteris
(Keywords: Country, Desire, Imitation, Reading, Reason, Risk, Unconscious, Years)

For we can affirm with a good conscience that we have, after reading the Holy Scripture, applied ourselves and yet daily apply ourselves to the extent that the grace of the Lord permits to inquiry into and investigation of the consensus of the true and purer antiquity.
- Martin Chemnitz
(Keywords: Conscience, Grace, Investigation, Reading, Scripture)

Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Men, Knowledge, Books, Learning, Reading, World)

Research we've done seems to indicate that people who are on the Net like the idea that they don't have to leave what they are reading to go buy something.
- Jay Chiat
(Keywords: People, Idea, Reading, Research)

We set up a beta site, a test site, with movie, music and book reviews. If you're reading them and you want to buy a book or a ticket for a movie that's reviewed on the site, you can do that without leaving our site.
- Jay Chiat
(Keywords: Music, Reading, Want)

Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading.
- Rufus Choate
(Keywords: Love, Fortune, Reading, Youth)

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Keywords: Computer, Hardware, Reading, Software)

With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down. I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
- Beverly Cleary
(Keywords: Books, Chance, Reading, Twins)

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
- Beverly Cleary
(Keywords: Children, Pleasure, Reading, School, Teachers)



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