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Rank #1
1048 votes

If you can read this, thank a teacher. 

- Anonymous teacher

Rank #2
804 votes

We read to know we are not alone. 

- C.S. Lewis

Rank #3
417 votes

You're the same today as you'll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read. 

- Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

Rank #4
472 votes

When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. 

- Christopher Morley

Rank #5
579 votes

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. 

- Confucius

Rank #6
251 votes

It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little. 

- Denis Parsons Burkitt

Rank #7
370 votes

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries. 

- Descartes

Rank #8
907 votes

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. 

- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Rank #9
476 votes

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. 

- Edmund Burke

Rank #10
132 votes

Education is a vaccine for violence. 

- Edward James Olmos

Rank #11
274 votes

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. 

- Edward P. Morgan

Rank #12
283 votes

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

- Elbert Hubbard

Rank #13
400 votes

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. 

- Elizabeth Hardwick

Rank #14
334 votes

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 

- Emilie Buchwald

Rank #15
130 votes

Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else. 

- Fashion designer Bill Blass, quoted in Worth (September 1999)

Rank #16
133 votes

Reading will give you lasting pleasure. 

- First Lady Laura Bush (quoted in U.S. News & World Report)

Rank #17
203 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 #18
394 votes

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

- Frederick Douglass

Rank #19
233 votes

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

- Gandhi (1869-1948)

Rank #20
136 votes

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. 

- Gaston Bachelard

Rank #21
126 votes

You cannot help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself. 

- General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Rank #22
111 votes

Our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained. 

- Goethe

Rank #23
189 votes

Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable. 

- Grace Slick

Rank #24
139 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 #25
352 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 #26
71 votes

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education. 

- Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education

Rank #27
430 votes

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

- Harry S. Truman

Rank #28
203 votes

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

- Hazel Rochman

Rank #29
110 votes

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. 

- Isaac D'Israeli

Rank #30
156 votes

Never judge a book by its movie. 

- J.W. Eagan

Rank #31
70 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 #32
204 votes

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

- Jacqueline Kennedy

Rank #33
112 votes

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. 

- Jerry Seinfield

Rank #34
134 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 #35
114 votes

Never read a book through merely because you have begun it. 

- John Witherspoon

Rank #36
293 votes

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

- Joseph Brodsky

Rank #37
127 votes

The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones. 

- Joseph Joubert

Rank #38
158 votes

To teach is to learn twice. 

- Joseph Joubert

Rank #39
198 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 #40
70 votes

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

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

Rank #41
126 votes

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

- Logan Pearsall Smith

Rank #42
132 votes

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

- Lord Henry P. Brougham

Rank #43
203 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 #44
157 votes

Teaching reading IS rocket science. 

- Louisa Moats

Rank #45
288 votes

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

- Lyndon Baines Johnson

Rank #46
44 votes

When separated, flour, salt, yeast and water do not posess the unique poperties of bread. 

- Lyndon W. Seaross and John E. Readence

Rank #47
75 votes

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Rank #48
404 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- Margaret Fuller

Rank #49
99 votes

Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read. 

- Marilyn Jager Adams

Rank #50
282 votes

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

- Mark Twain

Rank #51
229 votes

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

- Mark Twain

Rank #52
152 votes

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

- Martin Tupper

Rank #53
238 votes

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 

- Mary Schmich

Rank #54
190 votes

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

- Mason Cooley

Rank #55
186 votes

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

- Maud Casey

Rank #56
119 votes

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

- May Ellen Chase

Rank #57
113 votes

A big book is like a serious relationship; it requires a commitment. Not only that, but there's no guarantee that you will enjoy it, or that it will have a happy ending. 

- Mick Foley

Rank #58
124 votes

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

- Mortimer Adler

Rank #59
86 votes

To be successful in life what you need is education, not literacy and degrees. 

- Munshi Premchand

Rank #60
37 votes

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. 

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rank #61
166 votes

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. 

- P. J. O'Rourke

Rank #62
103 votes

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. 

- Plato

Rank #63
155 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 #64
200 votes

A man is known by the books he reads. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rank #65
202 votes

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

- Ray Bradbury

Rank #66
186 votes

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

- Richard Steele

Rank #67
302 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 #68
98 votes

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper. 

- Robert Frost

Rank #69
124 votes

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. 

- Robertson Davies

Rank #70
132 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 #71
266 votes

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

- Samuel Johnson

Rank #72
116 votes

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. 

- Samuel Johnson

Rank #73
154 votes

Choose an author as you choose a friend. 

- Sir Christopher Wren

Rank #74
95 votes

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

- Somerset Maugham

Rank #75
40 votes

The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure. 

- Sydney Harris

Rank #76
58 votes

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. 

- Thomas Jefferson

Rank #77
112 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 #78
146 votes

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

- Victor Hugo

Rank #79
140 votes

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

- Voltaire

Rank #80
102 votes

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

- W. B. Yeats

Rank #81
255 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- W. Fusselman

Rank #82
270 votes

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

- Walt Disney

Rank #83
171 votes

What is reading but silent conversation? 

- Walter Savage Landor

Rank #84
52 votes

The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living. 

- Wendell Phillips

Rank #85
107 votes

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

- Will Durant

Rank #86
130 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 #87
287 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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