To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.William Somerset Maugham
Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.Khaled Hosseini
Read. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different styles.R. L. Stine
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.BooksHaruki Murakami
Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.Books, WeekendElizabeth Gilbert
The great threat to the young and pure in heart is not what they read but what they don't read.EducationHeywood Broun
But books – they’re different. When you watch a film, you’re sort of an outsider looking in. With a book – you’re right there. You are inside. You are the main character.BooksAlice Oseman, Solitaire
The pleasure of reading a story and wondering what will come next for the hero is a pleasure that has lasted for centuries and, I think, will always be with us.Stan Lee
The beauty of reading is that it lets you travel in a way you could never know.Alek Wek
I grew up in a household where reading was encouraged. My mother believed in the power of words, and my father obviously did too.WordsCaroline Kennedy
Libraries aren't in the real world, after all. They're places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought.BooksPaul Auster
Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.Paul Auster in The Brooklyn Follies
The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.Books, Imagination, Children's BooksRoald Dahl in Matilda
So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.Books, Comforting, Children's BooksRoald Dahl in Matilda
All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen.Children's BooksRoald Dahl in Matilda
There are a lot of good books around. People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it?BooksLemmy Kilmister
I do believe that something very magical can happen when you read a good book.BooksJoanne K. Rowling
Who took me to the library.
'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,' said Jojen. 'The man who never reads lives only once.'ImaginationGeorge R. R. Martin in A Song of Ice and Fire - A Dance with Dragons
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.Books, FoolishnessCassandra Clare in Chroniken der Schattenjäger - Chroniken der Schattenjäger
If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.Children & Childhood, BooksRoald Dahl
The only way you can truly get to know an author is through the trail of ink he leaves behind him. The person you think you see is only an empty character: truth is always hidden in fiction.Books, WritingCarlos Ruiz Zafón in The Angel's Game
Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader, than the first book that finds its way to his heart.BooksCarlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind
If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.Books, WritingMichael Ende in The Neverending Story
If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger-
If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early-
If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless-
If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next.
Gaston: "How can you read this, there's no pictures?"
Belle: "Well, some people use their imagination."
Book hangover: Inability to start a new book, because you're still living in the last book's world.Books, ImaginationUnknown
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.Books, TelevisionGroucho Marx
Everyone is a reader. Some just haven't found their favourite book yet.BooksUnknown
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.WordsErnest Hemingway
The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you'll go.
Once, in my father's bookshop, I heard a regular customer say that few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a palace in our memory to which, sooner or later - no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget - we will return.BooksCarlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of physical evidence we have that people are still thinking.BooksJerry Seinfeld
Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.BooksCarlos Ruiz Zafón in The Shadow of the Wind