Quotations on Reading


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“And reading itself is an amazing activity: You glance at a thin, flat object made from a tree…and the voice of the author begins to speak inside your head. (Hello!)”

                                                              Carl Sagan




“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”

                                                              Robert Louis Stevenson




“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

                                                               Joyce Carol Oates

35 thoughts on “Quotations on Reading

  1. Thinking of Sagan’s comment, St. Augustine said (sometime during the late 4th or early 5th century) that he was astonished to discover it was possible to read without speaking the words aloud. I wonder when reading “in our heads” became common and whether it solidified the now-familiar effect Sagan speaks of.

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    • That is an excellent point, and I believe reading to oneself became more common in the Renaissance after the creation of the printing press. This allowed for the proliferation of books, which brought their prices down, allowing many more people to both learn to read and to read for pleasure.

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  2. Mary Adler

    The quotations are wonderful, and so are the photos. I particularly love the one of Carl Sagan, not because of the cosmos behind him, but because it captures the joy and energy in him so well. Thank you.

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