„A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.“

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Robertson Davies
1913 - 1995

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„Truly fine poetry must be read aloud.“

—  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)

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„"He" should be read as "he or she" throughout the book.“

—  Andrew S. Tanenbaum Dutch computer scientist 1944
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