„As to the other means of grace I would say: I fell into the snare, into which so many young believers fall, the reading of religious books in preference to the Scriptures.“
„I fell asleep reading a dull book, and I dreamed that I was reading on, so I awoke from sheer boredom.“
— Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856
„You've done so many things and read so many books. Do you still believe in happy endings?"
"Oh my Lord, yes." Bernadette's hands were pressed against each other like a book, like a prayer. "I guess I would. I've had about a hundred of them.“
— Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club
— Benjamin Jowett Theologian, classical scholar, and academic administrator 1817 - 1893
„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.
— Logan Pearsall Smith British American-born writer 1865 - 1946
— Ruth Rendell, A Judgement in Stone
„Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die.“
— Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess
Context: I recall what you said to me once, that words have the power to change us. Your words have changed me, Tess; they have made me a better man than I would have been otherwise. Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die. p. 539, spoken by Will reference to quote from Clockwork Angel
„As to Divinity, (on which I had an eye from the first,) l had the happiness of a strict and Religious Education, all along from a Child: Whereby I was not only preserved from vicious Courses, and acquainted with Religious Exercises; but was early instructed in the Principles of Religion, and Catachetical Divinity, and the frequent Reading of Scripture, and other good Books, and diligent attendance on Sermons. (And whatever other Studies I followed, I was careful not to neglect this.) And became timely acquainted with Systematick and Polemick Theology. And had the repute of a good Proficient therein. “
— John Wallis English mathematician 1616 - 1703
„Other books we may read and criticise. To the Scriptures we must bow the entire soul, with all its faculties.“
— Edward Norris Kirk American Christian missionary, pastor, teacher, evangelist and writer 1802 - 1874
— John Green American author and vlogger 1977
Hazel Grace Lancaster, p. 125 Compare Ernest Hemingway, speaking about the process of going bankrupt: "'Gradually and then suddenly.'"
„I have read my books by many lights, hoarding their beauty, their wit or wisdom against the dark days when I would have no book, nor a place to read.“
— Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Context: How much of what we do is free will, and how much is programmed in our genes? Why is each people so narrow that it believes that it, and it alone, has all the answers? In religion, is there but one road to salvation? Or are there many, all equally good, all going in the same general direction? I have read my books by many lights, hoarding their beauty, their wit or wisdom against the dark days when I would have no book, nor a place to read. I have known hunger of the belly kind many times over, but I have known a worse hunger: the need to know and to learn. Ch. 11
„Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: They say the religion of your fathers is good enough. Why should a father object to your inventing a better plow than he had? They say to me, do you know more than all the theologians dead? Being a perfectly modest man I say I think I do. Now we have come to the conclusion that every man has a right to think. Would God give a bird wings and make it a crime to fly? Would he give me brains and make it a crime to think? Any God that would damn one of his children for the expression of his honest thought wouldn't make a decent thief. When I read a book and don't believe it, I ought to say so. I will do so and take the consequences like a man. Speech on Religious Intolerance as presented at the Pittsburgh Opera House (14 October 1879).
„Be it sports, theatre activities or even reading a book, I would feel I should read faster and more books than the others. Lazing around is not in my nature.“
— Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India 1950
Context: I have been an early riser since the beginning. My initial life demanded labour and effort for survival, so I am very hard working by nature. I would toil more than my peers. Be it sports, theatre activities or even reading a book, I would feel I should read faster and more books than the others. Lazing around is not in my nature. Even today, I don't avail a Sunday. I remember when I was a child, during the India–China war, 50 kilometres from my village; there was a railway junction from where the army was dispersing aid to the war field. I accompanied some young men who went there to serve tea and snacks and give a pep talk to boost the soldiers' spirits. I didn't know what exactly this whole act was about, but I was there[. ]