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He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality.

Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Profession: British Essayist, Critic

Borrowers of books --those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.

Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Profession: British Essayist, Critic

What is reading, but silent conversation.

Author: Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)

Profession: British Poet, Essayist

After all, the world is not a stage -- not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches... and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be. Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it -- if he wants a safe seat in the audience -- let him read someone else.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

One sheds one's sicknesses in books -- repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

Author: Stephen B. Leacock (1869-1944)

Profession: Canadian Humorist, Economist

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

Author: Harper Lee (1926)

Profession: American Author

You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here.

Author: Spike Lee (1956)

Profession: American Film director

For a good book has this quality, that it is not merely a petrifaction of its author, but that once it has been tossed behind, like Deucalion's little stone, it acquires a separate and vivid life of its own.

Author: Caroline Lejeune (1897-1973)

Profession: British Film Critic

I feel like I'm drowning. Every night, I'm carrying home loads of things to read but I'm too exhausted. I keep clipping things and Xeroxing them and planning to read them eventually, but I just end up throwing it all away and feeling guilty.

Author: Ghita Levine

Profession:

A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist