„Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.“
— Ezra Pound American Imagist poet and critic 1885 - 1972
Guide to Kulchur (1938), p. 55
— B.F. Skinner American behaviorist 1904 - 1990
Context: We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. As quoted in B. F. Skinner : The Man and His Ideas (1968) by Richard Isadore Evans, p. 73.
„If you truly love a book, you should sleep with it, write in it, read aloud from it, and fill its pages with muffin crumbs.“
— Anne Fadiman American essayist, journalist and magazine editor 1953
„Reading, like all work, has its rules. A perfect knowledge of a few writers and a few subjects is more valuable than a superficial one of a great many. The fine points of a piece of writing are seldom apparent at first reading. In youth, one should search among books as one searches the world for friends, and once these friends are found, chosen, and adopted, one must go into retirement with them. Intimacy with Montaigne, Saint Simon, Retz, Balzac, or Proust would be enough to enrich one's whole life.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
„One kiss, my bonny sweetheart; I'm after a prize tonight,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light.
Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.“
— Alfred Noyes English poet 1880 - 1958
— Pliny the Younger Roman writer 61 - 113
Letter 9, 15.
„We cannot rekindle the morning beams of childhood; we cannot recall the noontide glory of youth; we cannot bring back the perfect day of maturity; we cannot fix the evening rays of age in the shadowy horizon; but we can cherish that goodness which is the sweetness of childhood, the joy of youth, the strength of maturity, the honor of old age, and the bliss of saints.“
— Henry Giles Irish minister 1809 - 1882
— Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
Context: Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song. "The Divine Comedy" (1977)
„Why make excuses close to the truth, especially when now I am presuming to try to grasp in my old age what I did not gain in my youth because my sins prevented me from making what I had read my own? But who will believe me, even though I should say it again? A young man, almost a beardless boy, I was taken captive before I knew what I should desire and what I should shun.“
— Saint Patrick 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland 385 - 461
— Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
— Andrew S. Tanenbaum Dutch computer scientist 1944
Modern Operating Systems, 3rd ed., p. 2.
„I say, 'I should like to die', but that's not true at all, I should like to get younger.... youth and old age are similar in more ways than one, and they are the two moments in life when one can feel one's own soul which would be a proof that it exists.“
— Berthe Morisot painter from France 1841 - 1895
quote in Berthe's notebook, after the death of her husband Eugène Manet, 1892; cited in Berthe Morisot, ed. Delafond and Genet-Bondeville, 1997, p. 70