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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.

Author: Carlos Fuentes (1928)

Profession: Mexican Novelist, Short-Story Writer

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.

Author: Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Profession: American Writer, Lecturer

It does not follow because many books are written by persons born in America that there exists an American literature. Books which imitate or represent the thoughts and life of Europe do not constitute an American literature. Before such can exist, an original idea must animate this nation and fresh currents of life must call into life fresh thoughts along the shore.

Author: Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

Profession: American Writer, Lecturer

A book that is shut is but a block.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: British Clergyman, Author

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Author: W. Fusselman


When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.

Author: Harold S. Geneen (1910)

Profession: American Accountant, Industrialist, CEO, ITT

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.

Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Profession: British Historian

I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.

Author: George Robert Gissing (1857-1903)

Profession: British Novelist, Critic, Essayist

As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.

Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.

Author: Sir James Goldsmith


I read part of it all the way through.

Author: Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)

Profession: American Film Producer, Founder, MGM

Learning to read has been reduced to a process of mastering a series of narrow, specific, hierarchical skills. Where armed-forces recruits learn the components of a rifle or the intricacies of close order drill ''by the numbers,'' recruits to reading learn its mechanics sound by sound and word by word.

Author: Jacquelyn Gross


The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929)

Profession: American Author