Favorite Quotations ~ Books & Reading, 4 Amateur Marriage: A Novel

"People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. ~ Francis Bacon

When you read with your child, you show them that reading is important, but you also show them they're important that they are so important to you that you will spend 20 minutes a day with your arm around them. ~ Laura Bush, 9/03

If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, fondle them -- peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances. ~ Winston Churchill

The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one's encounter with it in a book. ~ Andre Maurois

The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all. ~ Voltaire

Above all, a book is a riverbank for the river of language. Language without the riverbank is only television talk a free fall, a loose splash, a spill. ~ Cynthia Ozick, Portrait of the Artist as a Bad Character

Every book that anyone sets out on is a voyage of discovery that may discover nothing. Any voyager may be lost at sea, like John Cabot. Nobody can teach the geography of the undiscovered. ~ Wallace Stegner

Comic books are what novels used to be -- an accessible, vernacular form with mass appeal -- and if the highbrows are right, they're a form perfectly suited to our dumbed-down culture and collective attention deficit. ~ Charles McGrath, NY Times, 7/11/04

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