Words on Reading: Great Quotes

I love pithy and meaningful quotes, and I collect them. Somewhere I’ve got a box full of index cards, each with a quote on it. Many of them about books or reading. But here are some I’ve stumbled upon recently. Do these speak to you?

We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. – B.F. Skinner

When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness. – Vincent Starrett

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? – Henry Ward Beecher

I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. – Logan Pearsall Smith

When others fail him, the wise man looks to the sure companionship of books. – Andrew Lang

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

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

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