„Note that nobody reads every post in linux-kernel. In fact, nobody who expects to have time left over to actually do any real kernel work will read even half. Except Alan Cox, but he's actually not human, but about a thousand gnomes working in under-ground caves in Swansea. None of the individual gnomes read all the postings either, they just work together really well.“
Post, Linux kernel mailing list, 2000-05-02, Google Groups, Torvalds, Linus, 2006-08-28 https://groups.google.com/d/msg/fa.linux.kernel/iQtWFALi4JA/eSzv64_tOvoJ,
„Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read.“
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
As quoted in "Literary Censorship in England" in Current Opinion, Vol. 55, No. 5 (November 1913), p. 378; this has sometimes appeared on the internet in paraphrased form as "Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads"
Contexto: Any public committee man who tries to pack the moral cards in the interest of his own notions is guilty of corruption and impertinence. The business of a public library is not to supply the public with the books the committee thinks good for the public, but to supply the public with the books the public wants. … Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody can read. But as the ratepayer is mostly a coward and a fool in these difficult matters, and the committee is quite sure that it can succeed where the Roman Catholic Church has made its index expurgatorius the laughing-stock of the world, censorship will rage until it reduces itself to absurdity; and even then the best books will be in danger still.
„Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.“
— Blaise Pascal French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Christian philosopher 1623 - 1662
„I really find listening to and reading the work of lyricists and songwriters as essential to my work as reading poetry itself. It is all poetry.“
— Robbie Coburn Australian writer 1994
in 2014, Overland literary journal
„The story you are about to read is a work of fiction. Nothing - and everything - about it is real.“
— Todd Strasser American author of young-adult and middle grade novels 1950
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Quoting or paraphrasing a Professor Winchester in "Disappearance of Literature" http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=TwaSpee.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=52&division=div1, speech at the Nineteenth Century Club, New York, 20 November 1900, in Mark Twain's Speeches (1910), ed. William Dean Howells, p. 194 http://books.google.com/books?id=7etXZ5Q17ngC&pg=PA194
Variante: A classic – something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
„Werner, nobody will read this book if I don't write bad stuff about you. If I wrote that we get along well together, nobody would buy it. The scum only wants to hear about the dirt, all the time.“
— Klaus Kinski German actor 1926 - 1991
As quoted by Werner Herzog, in My Best Fiend, (1999)
„All poets who, when reading from their own works, experience a choked feeling, are major. For that matter, all poets who read from their own works are major, whether they choke or not.“
— E. B. White American writer 1899 - 1985
"How to Tell a Major Poet from a Minor Poet" in The New Yorker (1938); reprinted in Quo Vadimus: Or, the Case for the Bicycle (1939)
„“Can you read?”
“Rules are posted over there. You got two choices. Obey them. Or be dead.”“
— Glen Cook, livro The White Rose
Fonte: The White Rose (1985), Chapter 28, “To the Barrowland” (p. 576)
„Warning: Do not read this story right after eating. In fact, don't read it right before eating either. In fact, just to be safe, don't read this story if you're ever planning to eat again.“
— Louis Sachar American writer of children's books 1954
Fonte: Wayside School Is Falling Down
„But what gave him the most satisfaction was going back through the pages to read about his first story appearing in the Saturday Evening Post.“
— Patricia Reilly Giff American children's writer 1935
That afternoon he'd bought Bird the largest bag of lemon drops he could find.
"He gives her candy," she had said, remembering too.
Fonte: Water Street (2006), Epilogue, p. 164 (closing words); reference to quote from Chapter 11
„I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.“
— Vera Brittain English writer 1893 - 1970
Quoted in Jilly Cooper and Tom Hartman, Violets and Vinegar, "The Battle Done," (1980)
— M. H. Abrams American literary theorist 1912 - 2015
Cornell Chronicle interview (1999)
„Reading what they never wrote,
Just fifteen minutes, huddle up their work,
And with a well-bred whisper close the scene.“
— William Cowper, The Task
Fonte: The Task (1785), Book II, The Timepiece, Line 411.
„Time passes slowly. Nobody says a word, everyone lost in quiet reading. One person sits at a desk jotting down notes, but the rest are sitting there silently, not moving, totally absorbed. Just like me.“
— Haruki Murakami, livro Kafka on the Shore
Fonte: Kafka on the Shore