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The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.

Author: Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Profession: American Humorous Writer

The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.

Author: Theodore Parker (1810-1860)

Profession: American Minister

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

Author: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Profession: French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.

Author: William Penn (1644-1718)

Profession: British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania

Five daily newspapers arrive in my California driveway. The New York times and the Wall Street Journal are supplemented by three local papers. As for magazines, I read, or at least skim, Business Week, Forbes, The Economist, INC; Industry Week, Fortune. Other subscriptions include Sales and Marketing Management, Modern Health Care, Progressive Grocer, High Tech Business, and Slaon Management Review from MIT. I religiously read Business Tokyo, Asia Week, and Far Eastern Economic Review. I glance at Newsweek and Time ... but I devour the New Republic, Policy Review, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Monthly, and Public Interest. How about books? A dozen or more each month.

Author: Thomas J. Peters (1942)

Profession: American Management Consultant, Author, Trainer

I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

Author: William Lyon Phelps


What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.

Author: Wendell Phillips (1811-1884)

Profession: American Reformer, Orator

No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.

Author: Noah Porter


No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

A wicked book cannot repent.

Author: Proverb


The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.

Author: American Proverb

Profession: Sayings of American Origin

There is no robber worse than a bad book.

Author: Italian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Italian Origin