„Whatever you do, don't read the Bible for a moral code: it advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition, and murder. Read it because: we need more atheists — and nothin“
„Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read... if you don't read, you will never be a filmmaker.“
— Werner Herzog German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and opera director 1942
— Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939
— Desmond Tutu South African churchman, politician, archbishop, Nobel Prize winner 1931
„If you really want to be a rebel get a job, cut your grass, read your bible, and shut up. Because no one is doing that.“
— Mark Driscoll American pastor 1970
Rebel's Guide to Joy http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/rebels-guide-to-joy/the-rebels-guide-to-joy.
„If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
No known source in Twain's works. The earliest known source is a Usenet post from November 2000 https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=israel.francophones/j_b0peHVcJw/YN5cG6Pdk6QJ.
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
„You see, some people have a talent for programming. At ten to thirteen years old, typically, they're fascinated, and if they use a program, they want to know: “How does it do this?” But when they ask the teacher, if it's proprietary, the teacher has to say: “I'm sorry, it's a secret, we can't find out.” Which means education is forbidden. A proprietary program is the enemy of the spirit of education. It's knowledge withheld, so it should not be tolerated in a school, even though there may be plenty of people in the school who don't care about programming, don't want to learn this. Still, because it's the enemy of the spirit of education, it shouldn't be there in the school.
But if the program is free, the teacher can explain what he knows, and then give out copies of the source code, saying: “Read it and you'll understand everything.” And those who are really fascinated, they will read it! And this gives them an opportunity to start to learn how to be good programmers.
To learn to be a good programmer, you'll need to recognize that certain ways of writing code, even if they make sense to you and they are correct, they're not good because other people will have trouble understanding them. Good code is clear code that others will have an easy time working on when they need to make further changes.
How do you learn to write good clear code? You do it by reading lots of code, and writing lots of code. Well, only free software offers the chance to read the code of large programs that we really use. And then you have to write lots of code, which means you have to write changes in large programs.
How do you learn to write good code for the large programs? You have to start small, which does not mean small program, oh no! The challenges of the code for large programs don't even begin to appear in small programs. So the way you start small at writing code for large programs is by writing small changes in large programs. And only free software gives you the chance to do that.“
— Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
A Free Digital Society - What Makes Digital Inclusion Good or Bad? http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-digital-society.html#education; Lecture at Sciences Po in Paris (19 October 2011)]
„If you can read and have more imagination than a doorknob, what need do you have for a 'movie version' of a novel?“
— Wendell Berry, What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
Context: Do you realize that people don't know how to read Kafka simply because they want to decipher him? Instead of letting themselves be carried away by his unequaled imagination, they look for allegories — and come up with nothing but clichés: life is absurd (or it is not absurd), God is beyond reach (or within reach), etc. You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself. Interview with Christian Salmon (Fall 1983), Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Series Seven [Viking, 1988, ], pp. 217-218
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„Reading the Bible is the fast track to atheism. Reading the Bible means starting at "In the beginning..." and throwing it down with disgust at "... the grace of the lord Jesus be with all. Amen." I'm sure there are lots of religious people who've read the Bible from start to finish and kept their faith, but in my self-selected sample, all the people I know who have done that are atheists.“
— Penn Jillette American magician 1955
p. 42 http://books.google.com/books?id=KsI3sswEg14C&pg=PA42&dq=%22reading+the+bible+is+the+fast+track+to+atheism%22