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Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.

Author: Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

Profession: British Novelist

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

Author: Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925)

Profession: British Author, Poet

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

Author: Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)

Profession: British Labor Politician

Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.

Author: Augustine Birrell (1850-1933)

Profession: British Essayist, Liberal Politician

Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.

Author: Professor Blackie


The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.

Author: Allan Bloom (1930-1992)

Profession: American Educator, Author

A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.

Author: Malcolm Bradbury (1932)

Profession: British Author

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Author: Ray Bradbury (1920)

Profession: American Science Fiction Writer

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Author: Joseph Brodsky (1940)

Profession: Russian-born American Poet, Critic

A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.

Author: Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

Profession: British Poet

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.

Author: Anita Brookner (1938)

Profession: British Novelist, Art Historian

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.

Author: Lord Henry P. Brougham (1778-1868)

Profession: Scottish Whig Politician

Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.

Author: Les Brown (1945)

Profession: American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

Books succeed, and lives fail.

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet