— Andrew S. Tanenbaum Dutch computer scientist 1944
Modern Operating Systems, 3rd ed., p. 2.
„Kerouac had lots of class — stumbling drunk in the end, but read those last books. He never blames anybody else; he always blames himself.“
— Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001
Context: Kerouac had lots of class — stumbling drunk in the end, but read those last books. He never blames anybody else; he always blames himself. If there is a bad guy, it’s poor old drunk Jack, stumbling around. You never hear him railing at the government or railing at this or that. He likes trains, people, bums, cars. He just paints a wonderful picture of Norman Rockwell’s world. Of course it’s Norman Rockwell on a lot of dope. Jack London had class. He wasn’t a very good writer, but he had tremendous class. And nobody had more class than Melville. To do what he did in Moby-Dick, to tell a story and to risk putting so much material into it. If you could weigh a book, I don’t know any book that would be more full. It’s more full than War and Peace or The Brothers Karamazov. It has Saint Elmo’s fire, and great whales, and grand arguments between heroes, and secret passions. It risks wandering far, far out into the globe. Melville took on the whole world, saw it all in a vision, and risked everything in prose that sings. You have a sense from the very beginning that Melville had a vision in his mind of what this book was going to look like, and he trusted himself to follow it through all the way.
„He read because it gave him instant gratification in a way nothing else did, and, as was the case with all addicts, gratification was the important thing. He liked history, travel, anthropology, cookbooks (which he read in the same way as other books for pleasure); he liked books with specialized information.“
— Jeet Thayil Indian writer 1959
In: p. 202
„No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself.“
— Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944
Context: No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself. And the most objective books are the most deceptive. The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest. Ch. 2 : The Three Revelations
— Aneurin Bevan Welsh politician 1897 - 1960
Context: It has been suggested, I think by the hon. Member for East Aberdeenshire (Mr. Boothby) that the most constructive suggestion he could make was to urge an early General Election and a return of a Tory Government in Britain. Why on earth should he want to prophesy what might result from a Tory Government when history has the record for him? Why read the crystal when he can read the book? Hansard, House of Commons, 5th series, vol. 468, col. 319. Speech in the House of Commons, 29 September 1949.
„Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn't worth re-reading.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
„If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.“
— Lily Tomlin American actress, comedian, writer, and producer 1939
— Julie Taymor American film and theatre director 1952
Context: I read a lot of books that are, for lack of a better word, cross-cultural. I find movies and books that take me — transport me to another culture are the things that I'm most interested in, and always have been.
— Roald Dahl British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter 1916 - 1990