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The art of reading is to skip judiciously.
-- P. G. Hamerton, The Intellectual Life

Never read a book that is not a year old
-- Ralpho Waldo Emerson (1803-82), Society and Solitude: Books

"The more that 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!

"I read my eyes out and can't read half enough... The more one reads the more one sees we have to read."
-- John Adams

"Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed."
-- Joseph Addison

I love to lose myself in other men's minds. When I am not walking, I am reading; I cannot sit and think. Books think for me.
-- Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia

"The habit of reading is the only enjoyment I know in which there is no alloy. It lasts when all other pleasures fade. It will be there to support you when all other resources are gone. It will be present to you when the energies of your body have fallen away from you. It will last you until your death. It will make your hours pleasant to you as long as you live."
-- Anthony Trollope

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."
-- Lady M. W. Montagu

Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.
-- Maxim Gorky

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

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
-- Oscar Wilde

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
-- Oscar Wilde

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only
think what everyone else is thinking.”
-- Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
-- Henry David Thoreau

There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over.
-- Gail Carson Levine

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
-- C. S. Lewis


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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