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