„No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.“

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„Kitty: Shikspur? Shikspur? Who wrote it? No, I never read Shikspur.
Lady Bab: Then you have an immense pleasure to come.“

—  James Townley English clergyman and dramatist 1714 - 1778
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„Real myths are often strange and startlingly unfamiliar, and don't always give up their meanings easily; you have to tease them out, and for me, that's one of the pleasures of reading older collections of lore.“

—  Elizabeth Hand American writer 1957
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„Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963

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„The work of an enthusiast who has watched and enjoyed cricket with an eye for detail and for character, for adventure and the human reflection beyond the ropes. It will, I fancy, be read with the same pleasure as it was written.“

—  Margaret Hughes British actress 1645 - 1719
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„Last December 13th, there appeared in the newspapers the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary it has ever been my pleasure to read.“

—  Tom Lehrer American singer-songwriter and mathematician 1928
Context: Last December 13th, there appeared in the newspapers the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary it has ever been my pleasure to read. It was that of a lady named Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel, who had, in her lifetime, managed to acquire as lovers practically all of the top creative men in central Europe. And, among these lovers, who were listed in the obituary, by the way, which is what made it so interesting, there were three whom she went so far as to marry: One of the leading composers of the day, Gustav Mahler, composer of "Das Lied von der Erde" and other light classics, one of the leading architects, Walter Gropius, of the "Bauhaus" school of design, and one of the leading writers, Franz Werfel, author of the "Song of Bernadette" and other masterpieces. It's people like that who make you realize how little you've accomplished. It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years. Introduction to "Alma"

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