Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.— George Carlin
Dreamy Reading Literature quotations
There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.
If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us.
Reading is dreaming with open eyes.
I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.
That's what books are for... to travel without moving an inch.
Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
Don't just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
I will tell you something about stories .
. . They aren't just entertainment. Don't be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.
My writing is a combination of three elements.
The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
You only live once. You don't want your tombstone to read: Played it safe.
A short story padded. A species of composition bearing the same relation to literature that the panorama bears to art. As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the pa
Reading good literature is an experience of pleasure.
..but it is also an experience of learning what and how we are, in our human integrity and our human imperfection, with our actions, our dreams, and our ghosts, alone and in relationships that link us to others, in our public image and in the secret recesses of our consciousness.
I studied English literature in the honors program, which means that you had to take courses in various centuries. You had to start with Old English, Middle English, and work your way toward the modern. I figured if I did that it would force me to read some of the things I might not read on my own.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
Reading literature is a way of reaching back to something bigger and older and different.
But this is exactly why I read--and don't belong to a book group--because reading is the most individual thing there is. Why collectivize it? Didn't we have enough bad English teachers in school? Crowd sourcing and literature shouldn't mix.
Each time you read a book, a tree smiles knowing there's life after death.
And Marx spoke of the fact that socialism will be the kingdom of freedom, where man realizes himself in a way that humankind has never seen before. This was an inspiring body of literature to read.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.
Instead of educating the I.Q., we need to educate the H.Q., the heart quotient, the matters of truth, love, justice, and compassion. There are two ways to do this. One is through the read life experiences and the other is through literature. Literature has the power to take us outside ourselves and returns to ourselves a changed self.
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
You dont have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
But what I hope for from a book - either one that I write or one that I read - is transparency. I want the story to shine through. I don't want to think of the writer.
From a really young age, I was reading like a writer.
I was reading for the deep understanding of the literature; not simply to hear the story but to understand how the author got the story on the page.
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming.
Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
I had lots of time to read [being a lawyer] what I hadn't read in my school and college days. Being a bad student I barely passed my exams and I barely bothered about books. It was sports all the time. I started reading and got involved in literature and writing. The few cases I handled gave me the material for my early short stories.
Almost any poem has to be read twice, first for strangeness, second for clarity.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
When we have spiritual reading at meals, when we have the rosary at night, when we have study groups, forums, when we go out to distribute literature at meetings, or sell it on the street corners, Christ is there with us.
I read, read enormously on all different fields of Islamic thought, from philosophy to Islamic literature, poetry, exegeses, knowledge of the Hadith, the teachings of the prophet. That's how I trained myself. And then I was appointed imam by a Sufi master from Istanbul, Turkey.
From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.
She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.
Literature is my Utopia
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.