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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Wisdom

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Education...
has produced a vast population able to read but unable
to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan

I'm concentrating on staying healthy,
having peace, being happy, remembering what is important,
taking in nature and animals, spending time reading,
trying to understand the universe, where science and the spiritual meet.
- Joan Jett

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

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I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all
nature seems renewed around me and with me.
The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue,
the trees a deeper green.
The whole world is charged with the glory of God and
I feel fire and music under my feet.
- Thomas Merton

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation,
which are as necessary as reading.
I will rather say more necessary because health is
worth more than learning.
- Thomas Jefferson

We are the children of a technological age.
We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work.
Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books.
Reading them, however, has not changed.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as
frustrating as reading manuals without the software.
- Arthur C. Clarke

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

Reading, after a certain age,
diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

All of us grow up in particular realities -
a home,
family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood.
Depending upon how we're brought up,
we are either deeply aware of the particular reading
of reality into which we are born,
or we are peripherally aware of it.
- Chaim Potok

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The highest and most beautiful things in life
are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but,
if one will, are to be lived.
- Soren Kierkegaard

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

When you read God's Word, you must
constantly be saying to yourself,
"It is talking to me, and about me."
- Soren Kierkegaard

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
- John Burroughs

It is in our lives and not our words
that our religion must be read.
- Thomas Jefferson

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes;
to hear it is to see it with our ears.
- Octavio Paz

I grew up in a very religious family.
I could read the Qu'ran easily at the age of five.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction',
and it goes right in the bin.
- Tim Roth

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

Do you know the difference between education and experience?
Education is when you read the fine print;
experience is what you get when you don't.
- Pete Seeger

The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living.
That's one thing about a little education.
It spoils you for actual work.
The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.
- Will Rogers

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.
- Clarence Darrow

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

What must it be like for a little boy to read that daddy never loved mummy?
- Princess Diana

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams

When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe.
- Dario Argento

If you want to read about love and marriage,
you've got to buy two separate books.
- Alan King

Read the best books first,
or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read.
It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
- Alvin Toffler

The more I read, the more I meditate;
and the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
- Voltaire

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription,
but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.
- Earl Wilson

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice.
That's what I call a liberal education.
- Tallulah Bankhead

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the birth as a paternal,
or in other words a meddling government,
a government which tells them what to read and say
and eat and drink and wear.
- Thomas W. Higginson

I would rather exercise than read a newspaper.
- Kim Alexis

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope

I am ready and willing to seize the opportunities life offers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

We never see what we are not ready to see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
- Buddhist Proverb

I have ready access to a power beyond my wildest imagination.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Everyone has an opinion on many subjects
and is ready to share those opinions -
labeling them as "truth."
Sometimes it is relatively easy
to filter out these opinions.
Upon hearing an ad for the latest
weight-loss powder on late-night TV,
our skepticism leaps to our defense.
However, if we have heard the same opinion for years
from our parents, friends,
government officials, or religious leaders,
we are more likely to believe without questioning
than to raise our filter of skepticism
and ask the hard questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think if you exercise, your state of mind -
my state of mind -
is usually more at ease,
ready for more mental challenges.
Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always
seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.
- Stone Gossard

When I'm ready, I plan to adopt.
I still believe in family.
- LaToya Jackson

Loving is doing anything for them, thinking about them
constantly and being able to spend your whole life with that person.
Liking somebody is just like, 'Okay,
I like them because of this,
this and this, but I don't knkow if I am ready to be in love with them'.
- Chris Brown


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