Quotes On Reading
A great book takes years to write but only hours to read. The reader nets the difference.
Combine reading, thinking and doing and you become unstoppable.
The smarter you get, the slower you read.
We read books to find out who we are.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
You become knowledgeable by reading. You become strong by doing. You become wise by thinking.
Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
It is a most wonderful comfort to sit alone beneath a lamp, book spread before you, and commune with someone from the past whom you have never met.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents.
Reading a book isn't a race - the better the book, the slower it should be absorbed.
View reading as an investment.
A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It's a creator of inwardness.
Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.
A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle.
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.
We read to know we are not alone.
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
At every moment, you should be reading the best book you know of in the world for you.
A book is something that can be read ten years after publication. A real book, twenty. Otherwise it is a magazine report with bookbinding.
What a great treasure can be hidden in a small, selected library! A company of the wisest and the most deserving people from all the civilized countries of the world, for thousands of years, can make the results of their studies and their wisdom available to us. The thought which they might not even reveal to their best friends is written here in clear words for us, people from another century. Yes, we should be grateful for the best books, for the best spiritual achievements in our lives.
Reading new books is overrated. Rereading good old books is underrated.
Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.
We are sensitized by the books we read. And the more books we read, and the deeper their lessons sink into us, the more pairs of glasses we have. And those glasses enable us to see things we would have otherwise missed.
Reading the whole book is not important, understanding what you are reading is.
Reading: One of the best ways to upgrade human software.
Remember: reading is a journey to find the great books for you.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
When I wasn't working, the weekends would usually find me alone in an empty apartment, making do with the company of books.
When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process.
A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
I read myself to sleep every night.
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
In reality every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable him to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have perceived in himself.
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
Reading brings us unknown friends.
Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
You are what you read.
Sow the right seeds.
Reading means borrowing.
So many books, so little time.
Beware of the person of one book.
Reading, reflecting, and meditating.
I guess there are never enough books.
No two persons ever read the same book.
Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.
Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.
One who believes all of a book would be better off without books.
Forget speed-reading. Anything worth reading is worth reading slowly.
I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to be content with.
Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn't worth rereading.
All of the smartest people I've met, regardless of where they received their formal education, were mostly self-taught, incredibly curious and voracious readers.
Through reading we discover the world, and through writing we discover ourselves.
Once you do come across a treasure chest, a life-changing bookŠ”Šthrow all of this out the window. Do whatever you can to absorb it. Go all in.
Reading science, math, and philosophy one hour per day will likely put you at the upper echelon of human success within seven years.
60 minutes of reading. 60 minutes of exercise. 20 minutes of meditation. 140 minutes in total, each day. Will significantly change your how you feel for the remaining 1300 minutes of the day.
Sit in a room and read - and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
The best moments in reading are when you come across something ” a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things ” that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out and taken yours.
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I've gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1000 years. To read is to voyage through time.
A donkey carrying a pile of holy books is still a donkey.
To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week's newspapers.
Most people don't read. Or if they do, they're just reading mind candy.
People with shelves of untouched books think they're better than people with closets of untouched shoes.
Netflix is overrated. Reading books is underrated.
Reading fast gives you two things that should never mix: surface knowledge and overconfidence.
If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't f*ck 'em!
F*ck your shoe collection. Show me your book collection.
Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
Speed reading was made for people who don't want to read.
²Classic² - a book which people praise and don't read.
Fools admire everything in an author of reputation.
It's not about the quantity of books you read, but the quality, not the speed at which you read but your understanding, not the knowledge you gain but the actions you take and the change you create.
It is well sometimes to half understand a poem in the same manner that we half understand the world.
Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you've lost the source of. It works, but you don't know why.
Old books teach urgent new lessons. People read more than ever, but mostly low-value material. Unwanted emails, ragebait articles, insane social media babble... largely worthless ephemera. Quiet libraries are full of half-forgotten marvels. The undimmed genius of the ages.
Your mind automatically generates thoughts related to the information you consume. Be conscious of your information diet.
Sometimes you need to go on a little detour before you're ready for what the book has to give you.
Counting how many books you finish will make you a better finisher, but a worse reader.
The writer who has not tortured his sentences tortures his reader.
But the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.
Fools read popular books. The wise the ones they need.
Once can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind.
It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents. To desire that a man should retain everything he has ever read, is the same as wishing him to retain in his stomach all that he has ever eaten.
Reading for school is overrated. Reading for pleasure is underrated.
Reread the greats until absorbed. Number of books read is a vanity metric.
Reading is the ultimate meta-skill and can be traded for anything else.
Meditation, yoga, reading philosophy, non-judgmental awareness, and coaching.
The quality of your thoughts is determined by the quality of your reading.
You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers, and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind.
Wisdom is acquired through pain, not through books. Reading helps you make sense of your mistakes faster and get more wisdom per unit of pain. Pain is the currency. Readers pay less.
Abraham Lincoln said, Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. You have 24 to chop every day. Sleep, exercise, meditation, reading - those are some of your sharpening tools. Do not chop for 18 hours with a blunt axe.
Reading only increases the information inside your head. If gaining more clarity is your goal, reading won't do it. Meditation and journaling will.
Curiously enough, one cannot read a book; one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, and active and creative reader is a rereader.
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
A good book is an event in my life.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.
Wealth isn't being able to buy any book you want, it's having the time to read any book you want.
Reading books is procrastination if your life doesn't change as a consequence.
In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.
Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
The measure of a good book is the number of copies sold. The measure of a great book is the number of things you learn from it.
Understanding more of what you read is better than reading faster.
While others are doing speed-reading, read good books twice as slow.
When intelligent people read, they ask themselves a simple question: What do I plan to do with this information?
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.
Part 1. To have access to literature, world literature, was to escape the prison of national vanity, of philistinism, of compulsory provincialism, of inane schooling, of imperfect destinies and bad luck.
Part 2. Literature was the passport to enter a larger life; that is, the zone of freedom. Literature was freedom. Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, literature is freedom.
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.
I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.
The story is not in the plot but in the telling.
Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author.
Reading a truly great book 5 times is more valuable than reading 5 good books once.
It is far better to devote yourself to a few authors than to get lost among the many.
Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
The great thing about reading is that it broadens your life.
Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
A fondness for reading, which, properly directed, must be an education in itself.
Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
Read, think and think some more. Your life changes and if your thinking doesn't, you're screwed.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
I believe in the discipline of mastering the best of what other people have figured out.
I grew up on books, and then I switched to blogs and then I switched to Twitter and Facebook, and then I realized I wasn't really learning anything, I was just taking little dopamine snacks all day long.
Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible, from complex word problems and the meaning of our history to scientific discovery and technological proficiency.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
The value of reading is now as much about the capacity to focus as the content of the book. Regular reading is a practice that directs our focus towards something specific. It is a counterpoint to a culture of increasingly fractured attention and compulsive pseudo-multitasking.
One of the most incredible things about reading: A good book can give you a new way to interpret your past experiences. Whenever you learn a new mental model or idea, it's like the software in your brain gets updated. Suddenly, you can learn new lessons from old moments.
Read, think, apply, get feedback, repeat. Those who iterate fast today will be leaders tomorrow.
Speed reading is a compelling way to consume more content while gaining less insight. The purpose of reading is to learn and reflect. It's about quality, not quantity. A great book should be savored like a gourmet meal, not inhaled like fast food.
Read slowly. Take your time to reflect. Speed reading is nonsense. Don't make it a race to the last page. Retention and understanding is everything.
Skim quickly to find something worth reading, and then absorb it slowly. Words per minute is a vanity metric - any book worth reading requires pausing to reflect.
At any given time I'm reading 10 or 20 books. If the book is getting a little boring I'll skip ahead. Sometimes I'll start reading a book in the middle because some paragraph caught my eye. And I feel no obligation whatsoever to finish the book.
Bad reading metrics: Books finished per month. Percentage of books finished from books started. Words per $ spent. Words per minute. The only metric that matters: Learning and enjoyment per word.
The value and enjoyment I get from reading skyrocketed when I realised I should pass on anything that's not absolutely fascinating. Other than that, I accept no other should. Curiosity is an incredible gift and should never be constrained by made up rules.
Since you're not reading to pass an exam, long-term retention is the ultimate goal.
Most of my reading is rereading.
I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little.
Never read a book if you don't expect to be surprised by something in it, while reading it.
A good book gets better at the second reading. A great book at the third. Any book not worth rereading isn't worth reading.
To save time and increase your brainpower don't read anything with a title that has X [ways/ideas/tips/hacks/things] you need to do right now to [insert something you want].
It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
I don't want to read everything, I just want to read the 100 greatest books over and over again.
We're taught from a young age that books are something you finish, books are sacred. When you go to school and you're assigned to read a book, you have to finish the book.
I open up my kindle, I look through. Based on my mood, I'll flip through to whatever book matches my mood...The most important thing that does for me is it lets me read on a regular basis.
Sometimes people start wrapping long books around simple ideas. Those are probably my least favorite books. That's why I avoid the whole business and self-help category because you generally have one good idea and it's buried in hundreds or thousands of pages and lots of anecdotes.
There are too many mediocre books which exist just to entertain your mind. Therefore, read only those books which are accepted without doubt as good.
Most of yesterday's news is forgotten. Most of today's news is irrelevant tomorrow. Read less of what's timely and more of what's timeless.
Reading a book you want to read can be immensely valuable, but reading a book you don't want to read is practically worthless.
You can try to improve how much you learn from each book, but probably the greatest gains from selecting the right set of books to read. Those books are likely older than the ones that are really popular today.
What you read is more important than how much you read. Reading books is not a contest and there is no prize for reading most number of books. Read what you feel like reading rather than what you are supposed to read. What you read for yourself is what ultimately benefits you.
The key is to have real variety. Books on different subjects, with different page counts and different styles. some more playful and light, others more dense and demanding. I also like having a variety of formats ” Kindle, physical and Audio.
Don't obsess over how many books you read per year. That's a loser's game. It can pull you towards short and easy books. Some of the best ones are long and demanding, but provide 100X more value than vanilla bestsellers.
Every day that you spend being stuck or reluctantly reading a mediocre book, is a day you could have spent engaged with fascinating and impactful works.
Read the book you need most right now, not the one that could be useful later.
The vast majority of value will come from a deep study of a few great books.
Read more than one book at a time.
Read what makes you question yourself, not what makes you feel good.
If you finish a book in one go, and understand it all, you chose the wrong difficulty level.
Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.
Reading is overrated. Writing is underrated.
Reading is wise if you want to learn. Writing is wise if you want to think. Doing is genius if you want to be happy.
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time to write. Simple as that.
ŽIf you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. Reading is the creative center of a writer's life. You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
Constant reading will pull you into a place - a mindset, if you like the phrase - where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness.
Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading and you'll go through a phase where you will imitate your favorite writers and that's fine because that's a learning experience too.
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.
Reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found.
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's books and write your own.
Think before you speak. Read before you think.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
Rereading is probably more important than reading. Seek to cognitively own a great book rather than just reading it.
Beware: When a certain worldview dominates your thinking, you'll try to explain every problem you face through that worldview. Read widely.
We read a lot. I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them.
Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
When you read, don't just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.
To read is to inhabit the mind of another. Some minds will overtake yours.
I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.
As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and reread, the book, of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.
What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading. It is the ideas stirred in your own mind, the ideas which are a reflection of your own thinking, which make you an interesting person.
While we read a novel, we are insane - bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns when the book is closed.
Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
Boring books are dead wood. To keep your fire alive, choose books that excite you. The more insights you gain, the more joy you have, the more you want to read.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree - make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you've read only once can't.
In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we're done with it, we may find - if it's a good novel - that we're a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have changed a little... But it's very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed.
To paraphrase Bruce Lee: I bet not on the man who's read 10,000 books and applied their lessons once, but I bet on the man who read one book and applied its lessons 10,000 times.
Any kind of important book should immediately be read twice...one grasps the matter in its entirety...understands the beginning when the end is known... temper and mood are different so that one gets another impression... one sees the matter in another light.
Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.
If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book.
Nobody knows the right book for you but one thing is sure, there are a ton. Keep searching.
When I was five or six, I read Eve Curie's biography of her mother. I read comic books, dictionaries, and encyclopedias indiscriminately, and with great pleasure... It felt like the more I took in, the stronger I was, the bigger the world got.
You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Young people should be careful in their reading, as old people in eating their food. They should not eat too much. They should chew it well.
One of the sad realities today is that very few people, especially young people, read books. Unless we can find imaginative ways of addressing this reality, future generations are in danger of losing their history.
I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.
When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.
But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.
Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness? A: Reading.
Off I go, rummaging about in books for sayings which please me.
Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
Finishing a great book brings satisfaction. Rereading a great book brings delight.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
I can survive well enough on my own ” if given the proper reading material.
That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.
The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book.
It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.
I was burning through books every day - stories about people and places I'd never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.
Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder.
Falling in love with reading is a permanent antidote against boredom.
Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.
Reading books is almost like cheating in the game of life. You get to know what works and what doesn't without trying everything yourself.
When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.
Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you'll never know where you'll get an idea from.
Be a life-long student, read as many books as possible.
The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives.
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.
It's not about the number of books read. It's about a love of learning, curiosity and fun.
At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It's an enormous force for good.
Our hope is that the elementary reading of comics will lead to the joy of reading good books.
Reading must not be taught simply as a school exercise.
Reading, coding, selling.
Why do schoolchildren hate reading? Just look at what they're made to read.
To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2000 years old. What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That's what lasts. That's what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better. A better state of one's feelings or simply the idea of a silence in one's self that allows one to think or to feel. Which to me is the same.