Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
Read the best books first, or else you may not have a chance to read them at all.
You learn more about life from watching 'Big Brother' than from reading a book.
From a Child I was fond of Reading, and all the little Money that came into my Hands was ever laid out in Books.
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.
There are two motives for reading a book one, that you enjoy it the other, that you can boast about it.
What a dog I got. Last night he went on the paper 4 times 3 while I was reading it
Bookes give no wisdom where none was before, But where some is, there reading makes it more.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been; it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life...
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