„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
— Paulo Coelho, livro O Zahir
Fonte: The Zahir
„What are books but tangible dreams? What is reading if it is not dreaming? The best books cause us to dream; the rest are not worth reading.“
— Rikki Ducornet American writer and artist 1949
Fonte: The Fan-Maker's Inquisition: A Novel of the Marquis de Sade
„The book that I shall make people read is the book of the heart, which holds the key to the mystery of life.“
— Meher Baba Indian mystic 1894 - 1969
Part of his public message upon arrival on his second visit to America (19 May 1932).
„If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.“
— Haruki Murakami, livro Norwegian Wood
Fonte: Norwegian Wood (1987)
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
„Take a book, the poorest one written, but read it with the passion that it is the only book you will read-ultimately you will read everything out of it, that is, as much as there was in yourself, and you could never get more out of reading, even if you read the best of books.“
— Sören Kierkegaard, livro Stages on Life's Way
Stages on Life's Way, 1845 p. 363-364
1840s, Stages on Life's Way (1845)
„I am just now not reading but devouring Captain Mahan's book and am trying to learn it by heart. It is a first-class book and classical on all points.“
— Wilhelm II, German Emperor German Emperor and King of Prussia 1859 - 1941
Letter to an American friend (1893), quoted in John Rohl, Wilhelm II: The Kaiser's Personal Monarchy 1888-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), p. 1003
„I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.“
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
Fonte: The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three, 1923-1928
„I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?“
— Franz Kafka author 1883 - 1924
Letter to Oskar Pollak http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001062.php (27 January 1904)
If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us.
What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.
A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Fonte: Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors
Contexto: I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?... we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
„Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.“
— Francis Bacon, livro Essays
— Rebecca Solnit, livro The Faraway Nearby
Fonte: The Faraway Nearby
— Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886
— Ambrose Bierce American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist 1842 - 1914
Fonte: Epigrams, p. 353