QUOTES: 15 Quotes worth reading about the worth of reading

1. You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ― Paul Sweeney

2. Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.  ― Charles William Eliot

3.  What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.― J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

4. In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. ― Mortimer J. Adler

5. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

6. You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive. ― James Baldwin

7. The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film

8. Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown

9. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  ~Chinese Proverb

10. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.  ~Abraham Lincoln

11. If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe?  The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.  ~Author Unknown

12. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.  ~Edmund Burke

13. A house without books is like a room without windows.  ~Heinrich Mann

14. 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

15. To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.  ~Chinese Saying

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  1. Awesome quotes! Was it hard nailing 15? I wonder if you found so many good ones you found it a bit difficult just selecting these…just wondering, that is all.

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      I found lots of quotes but I selected the ones I thought were worth sharing. I didn’t leave any out. Do you have any good ones i didn’t list?

  2. Do you have citations for these? I would like to be able to cite the James Baldwin quote to use with my students, but am having a hard time tracking down the source.

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