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Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.

Author: Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)

Profession: British Writer, Social Critic

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.

Author: Groucho Marx (1895-1977)

Profession: American Comic Actor

I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

What is important is not to be able to read rapidly, but to be able to decide what not to read.

Author: James T. Mccay

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The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.

Author: Mccosh

Profession:

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.

Author: Richard McKenna

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A successful book cannot afford to be more than ten percent new.

Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)

Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist

The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

There are two kinds of books. Those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down.

Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Profession: American Poet

This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty... what you will. I am going to sing for you, a little off key perhaps, but I will sing.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet. There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet -- if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there -- that of the pulse, the heart beat.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author