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  The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.  
 -  Rene Descartes
  

  Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Television viewing has become for me a completely different experience, because I don't watch shows on a weekly basis. I wait until the DVD or I TiVo everything and wait until the end of a season and watch it all over a weekend. For me that's a really satisfying experience, like reading a book.  
 -  Alan Ball
  

  He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  
 -  Joseph Addison
  

  Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.  
 -  Joseph Addison
  

  I sort of love reading the scripts and going, 'Oh wow, what a great idea. I never would have thought of that.'  
 -  Edie Falco
  

  Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of one's own.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  One of the pleasures of reading old letters is the knowledge that they need no answer.  
 -  Lord Byron
  

  A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.  
 -  Woody Allen
  

  Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  There is only one situation I can think of in which men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do. It is when they are in love and reading a love letter.  
 -  Mortimer Adler
  

  My alma mater was books, a good library - I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  In reading plays, however, it should always be remembered that any play, however great, loses much when not seen in action.  
 -  George Pierce Baker
  

  Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  Every reader, if he has a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with those of the author.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  

  I really think that reading a whole script is kind of prying and neurotic, don't you?  
 -  Stephen Baker
  

  I love the feeling I get when I'm on a set; I love reading the scripts, playing the characters, getting to be someone else.  
 -  Dakota Fanning
  

  The Old Testament is my favourite science fantasy reading.  
 -  Stephen Baker
  

  To be a well-favored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  How well he's read, to reason against reading!  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Read much, but not many books.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The early commentators who put down the pre-presidential Roosevelt as an empty-headed young lightweight, all ambition and no talent, now seem comically wrong to a modern book-reading, movie-going, television-watching, legend-loving American public conditioned to think of him as one of the presidential giants on the order of Washington and Lincoln.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  Rereading A.J. Liebling carries me happily back to an age when all good journalists knew they had plenty to be modest about, and were.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.  
 -  David Bailey
  

  If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.  
 -  Arthur Balfour
  

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.  
 -  Mary Schmich
  

  Smell is a very animal thing, almost reptilian, where the more cerebral things like reading less so.  
 -  Iain Banks
  

  A lot of what the 'Culture' is about is a reaction to all the science fiction I was reading in my very early teens.  
 -  Iain Banks
  

  I do enjoy reading some science fiction.  
 -  Colin Farrell
  

  I get caught up in my bubble of reading, writing, or music.  
 -  Antonio Banderas
  

  As an actor, you're pretty much a hired gun. You are reading other people's words off of a page and doing what they want you to do.  
 -  Corey Feldman
  

  There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.  
 -  Ray Bradbury
  

  You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.  
 -  Ray Bradbury
  

  I used to take my short stories to girls' homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her?  
 -  Ray Bradbury
  

  I'm always reading and looking around for the next thing.  
 -  Eric Bana
  

  I'm writing a movie about Mozart going to New York in the '60s. I've been reading so many novels.  
 -  John Cale
  

  The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.  
 -  Dr. Seuss
  

  I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing, and cozy chats to group settings.  
 -  Jonathan Cain
  

  And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey.  
 -  Russell Banks
  

  I began as a boy with artistic talent... as a visual artist... I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens drifted into reading serious literature.  
 -  Russell Banks
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Those who say 'You only live once' have never read a book.  
 -  John Hughes
  

  My perfect morning is spent drinking coffee, eating porridge and reading the paper at a local cafe.  
 -  Anton du Beke
  

  I had done a lot of reading, relative for a kid, about World War Two, and I thought about Chamberlain a lot.  
 -  Douglas Feith
  

  Reading a book, watching a movie, going to a play, it's transporting, and very, very exciting. And to be a part of that, creating things with your imagination, whoa.  
 -  Steve Carell
  

  I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.  
 -  Umberto Eco
  

  The mere brute pleasure of reading the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  he great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need.  
 -  Robertson Davies
  

  Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best.  
 -  Robertson Davies
  

  I like reading novels because it provides insight into human behavior.  
 -  Claire Danes
  

  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
  

  Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book.  
 -  Madonna
  

  I write plays, and I have a musical that's starting to get produced now. That's what I would love to do, but it's so hard. The only reason people are reading my plays and musicals is because I'm in movies.  
 -  Jesse Eisenberg
  

  There is creative reading as well as creative writing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson