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Rank #1
2875 votes

To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. 

- A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

Rank #2
2769 votes

A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. 

- Abraham Lincoln

Rank #3
2632 votes

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. 

- Abraham Lincoln

Rank #4
2329 votes

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company. 

- Andre Gide

Rank #5
2355 votes

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. 

- Angela Carter

Rank #6
1964 votes

Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed. 

- Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

Rank #7
1302 votes

If you can read this, thank a teacher. 

- Anonymous teacher

Rank #8
540 votes

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade. 

- Anthony Trollope

Rank #9
503 votes

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape. 

- Arthur Christopher Benson

Rank #10
486 votes

Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought. 

- Arthur Helps

Rank #11
576 votes

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. 

- Austin Phelps

Rank #12
435 votes

The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. 

- Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964

Rank #13
421 votes

He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes. 

- Barrow

Rank #14
405 votes

Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books. 

- Bell Hooks

Rank #15
4987 votes

We read to know we are not alone. 

- C.S. Lewis

Rank #16
388 votes

The fluent reader sounds good, is easy to listen to, and reads with enough expression to help the listener understand and enjoy the material. 

- Charles Clark, "Building Fluency: Do It Right and Do It Well!" (1999)

Rank #17
656 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 #18
4588 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 #19
4802 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 #20
431 votes

I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book. 

- Coolio

Rank #21
473 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 #22
624 votes

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

- Descartes

Rank #23
423 votes

The connection between reading speed and comprehension; a film is made up of still images flashed in rapid succession to simulate movement. Slow down the film, and the movement and meaning slows and the film's impact is diminished. Viewers won't learn as much about the film as if it were shown at normal speed. With reading the same thing can happen. When a person reads word by word, like frame by frame, they are not reading on the level of ideas. You need to read on some level that's more conversational and allows things to coalesce into ideas themselves. 

- Doug Evans, Institute of Reading Development

Rank #24
5111 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 #25
4649 votes

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. 

- Edmund Burke

Rank #26
3696 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 #27
540 votes

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

- Elbert Hubbard

Rank #28
675 votes

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. 

- Elizabeth Hardwick

Rank #29
584 votes

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 

- Emilie Buchwald

Rank #30
332 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 #31
354 votes

Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else. 

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

Rank #32
338 votes

Reading will give you lasting pleasure. 

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

Rank #33
435 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 #34
364 votes

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested. 

- Francis Bacon

Rank #35
658 votes

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

- Frederick Douglass

Rank #36
357 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 #37
366 votes

The nonreading children are the greatest problem in American education. 

- Glenn Doman, "How to Teach Your Baby to Read"

Rank #38
589 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 #39
345 votes

Read in order to live. 

- Gustave Flaubert

Rank #40
688 votes

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

- Harry S. Truman

Rank #41
303 votes

All evidence points to the seemingly illogical conclusion that the faster most people read, the better they understand. 

- Harry Shefter, Faster Reading Self-Taught

Rank #42
439 votes

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

- Hazel Rochman

Rank #43
427 votes

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. 

- Henny Youngman

Rank #44
300 votes

The goal in fluency instruction is not fast reading, although that happens to be a by-product of the instruction, but fluent meaning-filled reading. 

- International Reading Association

Rank #45
325 votes

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

- Isaac D'Israeli

Rank #46
420 votes

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

- Jacqueline Kennedy

Rank #47
341 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 #48
320 votes

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

- John Witherspoon

Rank #49
268 votes

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors. 

- Joseph Addison

Rank #50
518 votes

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

- Joseph Brodsky

Rank #51
332 votes

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

- Joseph Joubert

Rank #52
413 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 #53
275 votes

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet. 

- Lady Montagu

Rank #54
334 votes

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

- Logan Pearsall Smith

Rank #55
338 votes

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

- Lord Henry P. Brougham

Rank #56
369 votes

Teaching reading IS rocket science. 

- Louisa Moats

Rank #57
507 votes

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

- Lyndon Baines Johnson

Rank #58
267 votes

Listening to good models of fluent reading, students can learn how a reader's voice can help text make sense. 

- M.R. Kuhn & S.A. Stahl, "Fluency: A Review of Development and Remedial Practices" (2003)

Rank #59
302 votes

Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book. 

- Madonna (1991)

Rank #60
316 votes

It has been established beyond a shadow of doubt that readers in general waste a great deal of time and effort. 

- Manya and Eric De Leeuw, Read Better, Read Faster: A New Approach to Efficient Reading

Rank #61
285 votes

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. 

- Marcel Proust

Rank #62
640 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- Margaret Fuller

Rank #63
272 votes

A text is at a students' independent reading level if they can read it with about 95% accuracy. 

- Marie B. Clay, "An observation survey of early literacy achievement" (1993)

Rank #64
262 votes

As the child approaches a new text he is entitled to an introduction so that when he reads, the gist of the... story can provide some guide for a fluent reading. 

- Marie Clay

Rank #65
304 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 #66
500 votes

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

- Mark Twain

Rank #67
436 votes

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

- Mark Twain

Rank #68
357 votes

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

- Martin Tupper

Rank #69
445 votes

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 

- Mary Schmich

Rank #70
396 votes

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

- Mason Cooley

Rank #71
392 votes

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

- Maud Casey

Rank #72
327 votes

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

- May Ellen Chase

Rank #73
263 votes

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

Rank #74
316 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 #75
332 votes

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

- Mortimer Adler

Rank #76
274 votes

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book ? I?ll waste no time reading it. 

- Moses Hadas

Rank #77
259 votes

Fluency is a bigger problem for many American middle graders than accuracy. 

- National Reading Panel, 2000

Rank #78
280 votes

Students who do not develop reading fluency, regardless of how bright they are, are likely to remain poor readers throughout their lives. 

- National Reading Panel, 2000

Rank #79
266 votes

There is ample evidence that one of the major differences between poor and good readers is the difference in the quantity of total time they spend reading. 

- National Reading Panel, 2000

Rank #80
294 votes

have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself. 

- Oscar Levant

Rank #81
370 votes

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

- P. J. O'Rourke

Rank #82
317 votes

You teach a child to read, and he or she will be able to pass a literacy test. 

- President George W. Bush (Townsend, Tennessee, Feb. 21, 2001)

Rank #83
403 votes

A man is known by the books he reads. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rank #84
255 votes

In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rank #85
406 votes

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

- Ray Bradbury

Rank #86
262 votes

Effective readers, even at their earliest levels, read in five to seven word phrases rather than word by word. 

- Richard L. Allington, "What Really Matters for Struggling Readers" (2001)

Rank #87
392 votes

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

- Richard Steele

Rank #88
518 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 #89
325 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 #90
334 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 #91
476 votes

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

- Samuel Johnson

Rank #92
307 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 #93
358 votes

Choose an author as you choose a friend. 

- Sir Christopher Wren

Rank #94
294 votes

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

- Somerset Maugham

Rank #95
258 votes

The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers. 

- Stan Barstow

Rank #96
281 votes

Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don't need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different. 

- Steven Pinker

Rank #97
280 votes

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. 

- Thomas Jefferson

Rank #98
350 votes

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

- Victor Hugo

Rank #99
342 votes

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

- Voltaire

Rank #100
471 votes

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. 

- W. Fusselman

Rank #101
485 votes

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

- Walt Disney

Rank #102
265 votes

The first law of skillful reading is merely an application of the Law of Relative Importance. You must perceive, first of all, the total offerings of the printed matter; then you must appraise these. 

- Walter Pitkin, The Art of Rapid Reading

Rank #103
374 votes

What is reading but silent conversation? 

- Walter Savage Landor

Rank #104
389 votes

Read, read, read. 

- William Faulkner

Rank #105
338 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 #106
317 votes

The only thing better than good English writing is - I can't think of anything. You just don't pour it pureed over your potatoes. You savor it as if it were a find chardonnay. What on Earth does it matter if you stop and repeat a phrase, roll it around on your tongue, dart a few lines ahead and then suddenly come back and reread it? If the phrase is good enough, you are supposed to stop and rejoice in it. 

- William Murchison

Rank #107
500 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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