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The successful Accelerated Reader is able to read larger than normal ''blocks'' or ''bites'' of the printed page with each eye stop. He has accepted, without reservation, the philosophy that the most important benefit of reading is the gaining of information, ideas, mental ''picture'' and entertainment-not the fretting over words. He has come to the realization that words in and of themselves are for the most part insignificant.

Author: Wade E. Cutler


A good book is the very essence of a good man. His virtues survive in it, while the foibles and faults of his actual life are forgotten. All the goodly company of the excellent and great sit around my table, or look down on me from yonder shelves, waiting patiently to answer my questions and enrich me with their wisdom. A precious book is a foretaste of immortality.

Author: Theodore L. Cuyler (1822-1909)

Profession: American Pastor, Author

The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.

Author: Frank Dane


Next, in importance to books are their titles.

Author: Paul Davies (1946)

Profession: British Physicist, Popularizer of Science

If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.

Author: Robertson Davies (1913)

Profession: Canadian Novelist, Journalist

I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed -- and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet.

Author: John Dawkins


The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.

Author: Christopher Dawson (1898-1970)

Profession: Welsh Cultural Historian, Educational Theorist

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man nothing else that he builds ever lasts monuments fall; nations perish; civilization grow old and die out; new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again and yet live on. Still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men's hearts, of the hearts of men centuries dead.

Author: Clarence Day (1874-1935)

Profession: American Essayist

Books should to one of these fours ends conduce, for wisdom, piety, delight, or use.

Author: Sir John Denham (1615-1668)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.

Author: Rene Descartes (1596-1650)

Profession: French Philosopher, Scientist

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.

Author: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Profession: American Poet

There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.

Author: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Profession: American Poet

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

Author: Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Profession: American Artist, Film Producer

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.

Author: Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Profession: American Artist, Film Producer