„Reading activates and exercises the mind.
Reading forces the mind to discriminate. From the beginning, readers have to recognize letters printed on the page, make them into words, the words into sentences, and the sentences into concepts.
Reading pushes us to use our imagination and makes us more creatively inclined.“
„I always begin at the left with the opening word of the sentence and read toward the right and I recommend this method.“
— James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
Memo to The New Yorker (1959); reprinted in New York Times Book Review (4 December 1988)
„Reading is an active and elusive experience. Every reader, reading exactly the same text, will have a slightly different reading experience depending on what s/he projects into the words s/he sees, what strings of meaning and association those words call up in his/her (always) private mind.“
— Lois McMaster Bujold Science Fiction and fantasy author from the USA 1949
Context: Reading is an active and elusive experience. Every reader, reading exactly the same text, will have a slightly different reading experience depending on what s/he projects into the words s/he sees, what strings of meaning and association those words call up in his/her (always) private mind. One can never therefore, talk about the quality of a book separately from the quality of the mind that is creating it by reading it, in the only place books live, in the secret mind. "'A Conversation With Lois McMaster Bujold", an interview with Lillian Stewart Carl, p. 52
„Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„The one affectation I have forced on the publisher … are my apostrophe-free ellisions. Because I write my scripts to read myself, I dont spell 'don't' with an apostrophe. I spell it 'dont'. We all know the word and it seems foolish to put in an extraneous apostrophe. Punctuation marks are devices we use to make the meaning of sentences clear. There is nothing confusing about a word like 'dont' printed without an apostrophe to indicate an omitted letter.“
— Andy Rooney writer, humorist, television personality 1919 - 2011
— Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991
„A reader told me recently, in London, said that 'well, I read that you write the last sentence first, so I always read your last sentence first.' And I said, 'oh, no, you're not supposed to do that.“
— John Irving American novelist and screenwriter 1942
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„Imagine a lover who has received a letter from his beloved – I assume that God’s Word is just as precious to you as this letter is to the lover. I assume that you read and think you ought to read God’s Word in the same way the lover reads this letter.“
— Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855
Soren Kierkegaard, For Self-Examination, Hong p. 26
„I have related this circumstance, because I am aware that it is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were of no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer; whilst the truth is, in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer, is, to continue praying; for the less we read the word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.“
— George Müller German-English clergyman 1805 - 1898
A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Müller Written by Himself, First Part.
„In an extreme instance, in which there is a Propervirt of less than 0.9%, the TEXT OF THE PRESENT PROSPECTUS may likewise undergo an ABRUPT change. If, while you are reading these sentences, the words begin to jump about, and the letters quiver and blur, please interrupt your reading for ten or twenty seconds to wipe your glasses, adjust your clothing, or the like, and then start reading AGAIN from the beginning, and NOT JUST from the place where your reading was interrupted, since such a TRANSFORMATION indicates that a correction of DEFICIENCIES is now taking place.“
— Stanisław Lem Polish science fiction author 1921 - 2006
Imaginary Magnitude (1984), p. 86
„Much reading after a certain age diverts the mind from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking,“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Context: Much reading after a certain age diverts the mind from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theaters is apt to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life.
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Context: 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. No. 147.
— Richard Steele British politician 1672 - 1729
Tatler (1709-1711), no. 147