A good book listens…

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

Ray Bradbury (1920 โ€“ 2012)

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 โ€“ 1862)

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

Renรฉ Descartes (1596 โ€“ 1650)

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.

Mark Haddon (b. 1962)

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 (1928 โ€“ 2014)

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.

Kate DiCamillo (b. 1964)

Educationโ€ฆ has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

G. M. Trevelyan (1876 โ€“ 1962)

Itโ€™s good to know how to read, but itโ€™s dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what youโ€™re reading.

Mike Tyson (b. 1966)

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves: such a prohibition ought to fill them with disdain.

Claude Adrien Helvรฉtius (1715 โ€“ 1771)

Information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom. Reading – even browsing – an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. Patience is a virtue, gluttony a sin.

James Gleick (b. 1954)

26 thoughts on “A good book listens…”

  1. ๐Ÿ’„Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well๐Ÿ’„

    Super quotes, and i love this one in particular, simply because it summons the author.

  2. Very nicely timed as the book banning machine is on a roll here in the states. Since Sparky works at the library that discussion is ongoing. For those parents who don’t want their children to read specific titles, they can put a note on their library card that prevents them from checking out those books… of course those are the same parents who dump their kids at the library and expect the library employees to babysit! There is no one preventing them from taking the book from the shelf and reading it on their own…

  3. These are wonderful David!! Love those that remind us that reading should be presented as a gift, not a chore for our children! Books have always been important to me all my life.๐ŸŒน

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