Reading

"A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity."
"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."
"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."
"From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
"…only then did I wake out of the book."
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it."
"My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."
"Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."
"When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading."
"When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own."
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book."
"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young."