„One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.“

—  Carl Sagan
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1934 - 1996
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„Every book, remember, is dead until a reader activates it by reading. Every time that you read you are walking among the dead, and, if you are listening, you just might hear prophecies.“

—  Kathy Acker, Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia
Context: Every book, remember, is dead until a reader activates it by reading. Every time that you read you are walking among the dead, and, if you are listening, you just might hear prophecies. Aeneas did. Odysseus did. Listen to Delany, a prophet. "On Delany the Magician", a foreword to Trouble on Triton (1996) by Samuel R. Delany, and reprinted in Acker's collection Bodies of Work (1996)

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„Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.“

—  Carl Sagan, Cosmos
Cosmos (1980), Context: Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insights and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. Public libraries depend on voluntary contributions. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. p. 282

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„I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.“

—  Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
As quoted in Halliwell’s Filmgoer’s Companion (1984) by Leslie Halliwell

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„A scholar is like a book written in a dead language — it is not every one that can read in it.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
"Common Places," No. 13, The Literary Examiner (September - December 1823)

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„No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself.“

—  Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944
Journey Within (1947), 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

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