„That's the magic of books. They're never quite the same for any two people. When you read one, you automatically make it your own.“

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„When you read the sacred Scriptures, or any other book, never think how you read, but what you read.“

—  John Philip Kemble British actor-manager 1757 - 1823
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 40.

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„In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice.“

—  Edmund Wilson American writer, literary and social critic, and noted man of letters 1895 - 1972
The Triple Thinkers (1938) [Oxford University Press, 1948], Preface, p. ix

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„You know, you don’t really need me. All you need to do is read your own books.“

—  P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
The Paris Review interview (1982), Context: I’ve always been interested in the Mother Goddess. Not long ago, a young person, whom I don’t know very well, sent a message to a mutual friend that said: “I’m an addict of Mary Poppins, and I want you to ask P. L. Travers if Mary Poppins is not really the Mother Goddess.” So, I sent back a message: “Well, I’ve only recently come to see that. She is either the Mother Goddess or one of her creatures — that is, if we’re going to look for mythological or fairy-tale origins of Mary Poppins.” I’ve spent years thinking about it because the questions I’ve been asked, very perceptive questions by readers, have led me to examine what I wrote. The book was entirely spontaneous and not invented, not thought out. I never said, “Well, I’ll write a story about Mother Goddess and call it Mary Poppins.” It didn’t happen like that. I cannot summon up inspiration; I myself am summoned. Once, when I was in the United States, I went to see a psychologist. It was during the war when I was feeling very cut off. I thought, Well, these people in psychology always want to see the kinds of things you’ve done, so I took as many of my books as were then written. I went and met the man, and he gave me another appointment. And at the next appointment the books were handed back to me with the words: “You know, you don’t really need me. All you need to do is read your own books.” That was so interesting to me. I began to see, thinking about it, that people who write spontaneously as I do, not with invention, never really read their own books to learn from them. And I set myself to reading them. Every now and then I found myself saying, “But this is true. How did she know?” And then I realized that she is me. Now I can say much more about Mary Poppins because what was known to me in my blood and instincts has now come up to the surface in my head.

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„No two persons ever read the same book.“

—  Edmund Wilson American writer, literary and social critic, and noted man of letters 1895 - 1972

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„You've got enough in here that people who get hold of this — like AP or any of the state-controlled media — they're going to focus on the soap opera aspects of your book and they're going to ignore what is truly one of the most substantive policy books I've read.“

—  Rush Limbaugh U.S. radio talk show host, Commentator, author, and television personality 1951
On Sarah Palin's Going Rogue: An American Life, The Rush Limbaugh Show, November 20, 2009 http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200911130014

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„There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1930s, The Conquest of Happiness (1930)

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