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