Quotes About Speed Reading, Reading, and Books

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander. ~ Isaac Asimov

Surviving and thriving as a professional today demands two new approaches
to the written word. First, it requires a new approach to orchestrating
information, by skillfully choosing what to read and what to ignore. Second,
it requires a new approach to integrating information, by reading faster
and with greater comprehension. ~ Jimmy Calano

Read, read, read. ~ William Faulkner

Read in order to live. ~ Gustave Flaubert

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. ~ Samuel Johnson

The way a book is read–the qualities a reader brings to a book–can
have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.
~ Norman Cousins

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. ~ Robertson Davies

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and a few to be chewed and digested:
some books are to be read only in parts,
others to be read, but not curiously, and a few
to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
~ Francis Bacon

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

A library is a hospital for the mind. ~ Anonymous

If you can read this, thank a teacher. ~ Anonymous Teacher

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. ~ Mortimer J. Adler

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register
without consciousness. ~ Anthony Marcel

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful,
ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash
of poetry. ~ Gaston Bachelard

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a counselor,
a multitude of counselors. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
~ Lord Henry P. Brougham

When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began. ~ Rita Mae Brown

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emilie Buchwald

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~ Chinese proverb

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

I often feel sorry for people who don’t read good books; they are missing
a chance to lead an extra life. ~ Scott Corbett

Never judge a book by its movie. ~ J. W. Eagan

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books
which are your very own. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials for knowledge;
it is thinking that makes what we read ours. ~ John Locke

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most
accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
~ Charles W. Eliot

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says,
but to go off with him and travel in his company. ~ André Gide

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books
I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
~ Anatole France

Our high respect for a well-read person is praise enough
for literature. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read,
we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
~ S. I. Hayakawa

The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles,
it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience
of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination. ~ Elizabeth Hardwick

When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left,
I buy food and clothes. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. ~ Austin Phelps

Books do furnish a room. ~ Anthony Powell

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people
who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
~ Anna Quindlen

The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new
friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the
meeting of an old one. ~ Sir James Goldsmith

In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest.
The classics are always modern. ~ Lord Edward Lytton

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which
we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path
than we have yet got ourselves. ~ E. M. Forster

These are not books … but minds alive on the shelves. ~ Gilbert Highet