Writers’ reasons for reading

Ships
“Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.”
~ Christopher Morley

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. Alan Bennett

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
Joyce Carol Oates

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
~ Edward P. Morgan

“Books are the engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, guardians of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.”
Sir Ian McKellen (quoting Barbara W. Tuchman and others) at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron

In honour of World Book Night. The quotations are some of my favourites from a newspaper article
’10 writers. reasons for reading’ Do you have a quote about reading you like?

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Posted on April 24, 2013, in Authors. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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