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Rank #1
280 votes

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. 

- B.B. King

Rank #2
303 votes

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

- Elbert Hubbard

Rank #3
425 votes

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. 

- Elizabeth Hardwick

Rank #4
350 votes

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 

- Emilie Buchwald

Rank #5
120 votes

How my life has been brought to undiscovered lands, and how much richer it gets - all from words printed on a page.... How a book can have 560 pages, but in only three pages change the reader's life. 

- Emoke B'Racz, Writing in Malaprop's Newsletter

Rank #6
142 votes

Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else. 

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

Rank #7
215 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 #8
420 votes

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

- Frederick Douglass

Rank #9
250 votes

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

- Gandhi (1869-1948)

Rank #10
148 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 #11
149 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 #12
365 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 #13
81 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 #14
448 votes

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

- Harry S. Truman

Rank #15
217 votes

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

- Hazel Rochman

Rank #16
120 votes

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

- Isaac D'Israeli

Rank #17
162 votes

Never judge a book by its movie. 

- J.W. Eagan

Rank #18
75 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 #19
212 votes

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

- Jacqueline Kennedy

Rank #20
118 votes

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

- Jerry Seinfield

Rank #21
137 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 #22
119 votes

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

- John Witherspoon

Rank #23
304 votes

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

- Joseph Brodsky

Rank #24
130 votes

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

- Joseph Joubert

Rank #25
165 votes

To teach is to learn twice. 

- Joseph Joubert

Rank #26
204 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 #27
71 votes

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

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

Rank #28
127 votes

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

- Logan Pearsall Smith

Rank #29
134 votes

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

- Lord Henry P. Brougham

Rank #30
207 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 #31
161 votes

Teaching reading IS rocket science. 

- Louisa Moats

Rank #32
297 votes

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

- Lyndon Baines Johnson

Rank #33
52 votes

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

- Lyndon W. Seaross and John E. Readence

Rank #34
78 votes

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Rank #35
418 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- Margaret Fuller

Rank #36
106 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 #37
291 votes

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

- Mark Twain

Rank #38
235 votes

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

- Mark Twain

Rank #39
156 votes

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

- Martin Tupper

Rank #40
244 votes

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 

- Mary Schmich

Rank #41
197 votes

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

- Mason Cooley

Rank #42
191 votes

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

- Maud Casey

Rank #43
123 votes

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

- May Ellen Chase

Rank #44
117 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 #45
131 votes

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

- Mortimer Adler

Rank #46
168 votes

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

- P. J. O'Rourke

Rank #47
106 votes

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

- Plato

Rank #48
161 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 #49
35 votes

Too many of our children cannot read. Reading is the building block, and it must be the foundation for education reform. 

- President George W. Bush (2001)

Rank #50
205 votes

A man is known by the books he reads. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rank #51
207 votes

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

- Ray Bradbury

Rank #52
188 votes

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

- Richard Steele

Rank #53
312 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 #54
103 votes

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

- Robert Frost

Rank #55
127 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 #56
136 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 #57
270 votes

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

- Samuel Johnson

Rank #58
156 votes

Choose an author as you choose a friend. 

- Sir Christopher Wren

Rank #59
98 votes

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

- Somerset Maugham

Rank #60
43 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 #61
60 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 #62
118 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 #63
146 votes

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

- Victor Hugo

Rank #64
145 votes

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

- Voltaire

Rank #65
105 votes

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

- W. B. Yeats

Rank #66
263 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- W. Fusselman

Rank #67
279 votes

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

- Walt Disney

Rank #68
174 votes

What is reading but silent conversation? 

- Walter Savage Landor

Rank #69
56 votes

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

- Wendell Phillips

Rank #70
113 votes

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

- Will Durant

Rank #71
134 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 #72
294 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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