„Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.“
„It may come as a surprise to our technocrat philosophers, but people do not read, write, speak, or listen primarily for the purpose of achieving a test score. They use language in order to conduct their lives, and to control their lives, and to understand their lives.“
— Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003
Context: It may come as a surprise to our technocrat philosophers, but people do not read, write, speak, or listen primarily for the purpose of achieving a test score. They use language in order to conduct their lives, and to control their lives, and to understand their lives. An improvement in one's language abilities is therefore... observed in changes in one's purposes, perceptions, and evaluations. Language education... may achieve what George Bernard Shaw asserted is the function of art. "Art," he said in Quintessence of Ibsenismn, "should refine our sense of character and conduct, of justice and sympathy, greatly heightening our self knowledge, self-control, precision of action and considerateness, and making us intolerant of baseness, cruelty, injustice, and intellectual superficialty and vulgarity." …For my purposes, if you replace the word "art" with the phrase "language education," you will have a precise statement of what I have been trying to say.
„Better to work for yourself alone. You do as you like and follow your own ideas, you admire yourself and please yourself: isn’t that the main thing? And then the public is so stupid. Besides, who reads? And what do they read? And what do they admire?“
— Gustave Flaubert French writer (1821–1880) 1821 - 1880
„I mean, the computer industry promises nothing. Did you ever read a shrink-wrapped license agreement? You should read one. It basically says, if this product deliberately kills your children, and we knew it would, and we decided not to tell you because it might harm sales, we're not liable. I mean, it says stuff like that. They're absurd documents. You have no rights.“
— Bruce Schneier American computer scientist 1963
„I decided I don't want to go for the top job now. I could be working for another 25 years and I'd like to be reading bedtime stories to my children for another two or three years.“
— Yvette Cooper British politician 1969
On why she did not nominate herself to become Leader of the Labour Party, during BBC's Today Programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00v6by4/Profile_Yvette_Cooper_Shadow_Foreign_Secretary, May, 2010.
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
"Liberty of the Press," Dictionnaire philosophique (1785-1789)
„It is strange that there should be so little reading in the world, and so much writing. People in general do not willingly read, if they can have any thing else to amuse them.“
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
May 1, 1783, p. 513
— Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013
„I must judge for myself, but how can I judge, how can any man judge, unless his mind has been opened and enlarged by reading.“
— John Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams: Volumes 1-4, Diary (1755-1804) and Autobiography
— Matt Groening American cartoonist 1954
„I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.“
— Spike Milligan British-Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor 1918 - 2002
Spike Milligan with Jeremy Taylor Live at Cambridge University. Recorded at Cambridge University on December 2, 1973, this was previously released as a double LP, and later re-issued as a 2 CD set. Milligan used variations on the Shakespear line throughout his later life.