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Collected by Kathleen Hawkins

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

Collected by Kathleen Hawkins.

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Kathleen is a speed reading expert, vice president of the National Management Institute, and the author of four books, Time Management Made Easy, Test Your Entrepreneurial IQ, Reverse Speech: Hidden Messages in Human Communication, and Spirit Incorporated: How to Follow Your Spiritual Path From 9 to 5. She wrote a column for five years for Success magazine and wrote and produced the best-selling audio-cassette programs, Speed Read to Win and How to Organize Yourself to Win. Her articles and ideas on how to increase personal and professional effectiveness have appeared in more than 200 national publications. In addition to being a best-selling author, Kathleen is a professional speaker and a business consultant. Thousands of people from all levels of business, science, education, and industry have taken her courses.


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