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Rank #1
 4.2
360 votes

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. 

- Elbert Hubbard

Rank #2
 4.2
495 votes

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. 

- Elizabeth Hardwick

Rank #3
 4.2
406 votes

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 

- Emilie Buchwald

Rank #4
 4.1
257 votes

Some people will lie, cheat, steal and back-stab to get ahead... and to think, all they have to do is READ. 

- Fortune

Rank #5
 4.3
479 votes

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. 

- Frederick Douglass

Rank #6
 4.2
299 votes

Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. 

- Gandhi (1869-1948)

Rank #7
 4.4
182 votes

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. 

- Groucho Marx

Rank #8
 4.3
408 votes

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

- Groucho Marx

Rank #9
 4.4
502 votes

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. 

- Harry S. Truman

Rank #10
 4.2
262 votes

Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. 

- Hazel Rochman

Rank #11
 4.2
192 votes

Never judge a book by its movie. 

- J.W. Eagan

Rank #12
 4.1
99 votes

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. 

- Jacob Bronowski

Rank #13
 4.3
243 votes

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all. 

- Jacqueline Kennedy

Rank #14
 4.2
166 votes

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own. 

- John Berger

Rank #15
 4.4
340 votes

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

- Joseph Brodsky

Rank #16
 4.2
190 votes

To teach is to learn twice. 

- Joseph Joubert

Rank #17
 4.2
237 votes

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. 

- Katherine Patterson

Rank #18
 4.1
97 votes

Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. 

- Kelly L. Briggs, "Reading in the Classroom" (2003)

Rank #19
 4.1
157 votes

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. 

- Logan Pearsall Smith

Rank #20
 4.2
161 votes

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything. 

- Lord Henry P. Brougham

Rank #21
 4.3
241 votes

No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy. 

- Los Angeles Times, "A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area"

Rank #22
 4.1
193 votes

Teaching reading IS rocket science. 

- Louisa Moats

Rank #23
 4.3
327 votes

A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance. 

- Lyndon Baines Johnson

Rank #24
 4.1
100 votes

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. 

- Mahatma Gandhi

Rank #25
 4.4
457 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- Margaret Fuller

Rank #26
 4.4
322 votes

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read. 

- Mark Twain

Rank #27
 4.3
259 votes

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. 

- Mark Twain

Rank #28
 4.2
182 votes

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever. 

- Martin Tupper

Rank #29
 4.3
269 votes

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 

- Mary Schmich

Rank #30
 4.2
221 votes

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. 

- Mason Cooley

Rank #31
 4.3
216 votes

I was born with a reading list I will never finish. 

- Maud Casey

Rank #32
 4.1
152 votes

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. 

- May Ellen Chase

Rank #33
 4.1
157 votes

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. 

- Mortimer Adler

Rank #34
 4.1
189 votes

Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens. 

- President Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994

Rank #35
 4.1
228 votes

A man is known by the books he reads. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rank #36
 4.2
230 votes

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. 

- Ray Bradbury

Rank #37
 4.2
216 votes

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. 

- Richard Steele

Rank #38
 4.2
340 votes

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall. 

- Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Rank #39
 4.1
159 votes

It is not true we have only one life to love, if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. 

- S.I. Hayakawa

Rank #40
 4.3
299 votes

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. 

- Samuel Johnson

Rank #41
 4.1
183 votes

Choose an author as you choose a friend. 

- Sir Christopher Wren

Rank #42
 4.1
119 votes

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. 

- Somerset Maugham

Rank #43
 4.1
147 votes

Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfilment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write. Literacy... means far more than learning how to read and write... The aim is to transmit... knowledge and promote social participation. 

- UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany

Rank #44
 4.1
173 votes

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. 

- Victor Hugo

Rank #45
 4.2
167 votes

Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world. 

- Voltaire

Rank #46
 4.1
123 votes

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 

- W. B. Yeats

Rank #47
 4.3
293 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- W. Fusselman

Rank #48
 4.3
308 votes

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island. 

- Walt Disney

Rank #49
 4.2
199 votes

What is reading but silent conversation? 

- Walter Savage Landor

Rank #50
 4.2
140 votes

Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. 

- Will Durant

Rank #51
 4.1
162 votes

So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky. 

- William James

Rank #52
 4.2
324 votes

I divide all readers into two classes: Those who read to remember and those who read to forget. 

- William Phelps

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