Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Quotes about books and reading

The bronze plaques set into the pavement on Library Way in New York are wonderful, especially for an avid collector of quotations about reading like me. This is one of my favourites. Here are a few other great quotes I’ve hoarded over the years:

  • Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way. Orville Prescott
  • Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglas
  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr Seuss
  • My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. Dylan Thomas
  • We read to know we are not alone. C S Lewis
  • Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul. Joyce Carol Oates
  • A book is a place where children can try on all the lives they haven’t got. Margaret Meek
  • Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. Maya Angelou
  • A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. Samuel Johnson
  • Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Bonaparte