Monday, September 8, 2014

Authors on Reading

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.  I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.  what I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
~ Henry David Thoreau

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. 
 ~ Mark Twain

The thinker as reader reads what has been written.
He wears the words he reads to look upon
Within his being
~ Wallace Stevens, “Things of August” V.3-5

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge.  It is thinking that makes what we read ours.  
~ John Locke

It is possible that our reading, if so be we read wisely, may save us to a certain extent from some of the serious forms of trouble; or if we get into trouble, as we most certainly shall, may teach us how to come out of it decently.  
~ Rudyard Kipling

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