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1. "In a sense, there's a great truth to that, but, also I was a great reader."
Author: A. E. Van Vogt
2. "It is likely that libraries will carry on and survive, as long as we persist in lending words to the world that surrounds us, and storing them for future readers."
Author: Alberto Manguel
3. "I long for, not a writer's retreat - I can write in any situation - but a reader's retreat."
Author: Aleksandar Hemon
4. "One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well."
Author: Amos Bronson Alcott
5. "It is for the reader to see in the book the nature of the motives of human actions and perhaps learn something too of the motives behind the social forces which judge those actions and which, I take it, we call a system of morality."
Author: Anthony Burgess
6. "Madame Bovary, c'est moi. Emma Bovary. She was the first. The first to thrash around in the space between a packaged wonder and reality, trying to reconcile the two in her enormous, inarticulate heart. Madame Bovary, c'est toi, perhaps, dear reader. Madame Bovary, c'est tout le monde."
Author: Antonia Quirke
7. "Readers of the daily press, I knew little of my former"
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
8. "From early on there were two things that filled my life - music and storytelling, both of them provoked by my father. He was a jazz pianist and also a very good storyteller, an avid reader. He passed both those interests on to me."
Author: Athol Fugard
9. "I had been opposed to the practice of dedicating books; I had held that a book is addressed to any reader who proves worthy of it."
Author: Ayn Rand
10. "I'm an avid biography reader."
Author: Brent Spiner
11. "Palgolak was a god of knowledge. ... He was an amiable, pleasant deity, a sage whose existence was entirely devoted to the collection, categorization, and dissemination of information. ... Palgolak's library ... did not lend books, but it did allow readers in at any time of the day or night, and there were very, very few books it did not allow access to. The Palgolaki were proselytizers, holding that everything known by a worshipper was immediately known by Palgolak, which was why they were religiously charged to read voraciously. But their mission was only secondarily for the glory of Palgolak, and primarily for the glory of knowledge, which was why they were sworn to admit all who wished to enter into their library."
Author: China Miéville
12. "Let us say that this, all of this, has a logic to it. We understand each other, don't we? Are we not, you and I, both of us spirits?Reader, do not ask me who at this very moment is dreaming you.Do not ask me when you are going to die.Do not ask me where the gold is buried."
Author: Dan Chaon
13. "It's good not only to realize that you can't please all of the people all of the time, but that you don't want to. There's a certain type of reader that you don't ever want to write for."
Author: Dennis Lehane
14. "What I try to do for my readers is to pass on some of the things that I found out about being thirteen after doing it for forty years."
Author: Diane Duane
15. "I think I'm a very good reader of poetry, but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems, and I'm not shy about presenting them, so if people ask for my critical response to a poem, I tell them what works and why, and what doesn't work and why."
Author: Diane Wakoski
16. "I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space."
Author: Edwin A. Abbott
17. "The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
18. "When a writer receives praise or blame, when he arouses sympathy or is ridiculed, when he is loved or rejected, it is not on the strength of his thoughts and dreams as a whole, but only of that infinitesimal part which has been able to make its way through the narrow channel of language and the equally narrow channel of the reader's understanding."
Author: Hermann Hesse
19. "But this first clumsy attempt showed her that the imagination itself was a source of secrets: once she had begun a story, no one could be told. Pretending in words was too tentative, too vulnerable, too embarrassing to let anyone know. Even writing out the she saids, the and thens, made her wince, and she felt foolish, appearing to know about the emotions of an imaginary being. Self-exposure was inevitable the moment she described a character's weakness; the reader was bound to speculate that she was describing herself. What other authority could she have?"
Author: Ian McEwan
20. "Readers are often fans of Authors, but I, myself, am a fan of readers. They are the ones who breathe life into the pages that we give birth to, after all."
Author: Janae Mitchell
21. "She's a great reader and takes pleasure in nothing else."
Author: Jane Austen
22. "Well, each interpretation of an event, setting or character is unique to each of those who read it because they clothe the author's description with the memory of their own experiences. Every character they read is actually a complex amalgam of people they've met, read or seen before - far more real than it can ever be just from the text on the page. Because every reader's experiences are different, each book is unique for each reader."
Author: Jasper Fforde
23. "Poetry is best written with the growl and the gut. The heart and the head should be the realm to the reader."
Author: Jeremy Young
24. "Good writing tends to present evidence rather than judgments. When the evidence is well presented, the reader's judgments will agree with those implicit in the writing. But nothing is more disastrous to the communication between writer and reader than a series of implicit judgments with which the reader cannot agree or which he finds to be simply silly or for which he is given no evidence he can respect."
Author: John Ciardi
25. "If you read in front of your kids, it's very likely that they'll become readers, too."
Author: John Lithgow
26. "My new favorite quote is, "Feed kids Cokes and french fries and you get an obesity crisis. Feed them mental junk food and you get non-readers and poor thinkers."
Author: Joy Hakim
27. "And you who wish to represent by words the form of man and all the aspects of his membrification, relinquish that idea. For the more minutely you describe the more you will confine the mind of the reader, and the more you will keep him from the knowledge of the thing described. And so it is necessary to draw and to describe."
Author: Leonardo Da Vinci
28. "I think that an objective reader may see how in the society to which I was exposed as a black youth here in America, for me to wind up in a prison was really just about inevitable. It happens to so many thousands of black youth."
Author: Malcolm X
29. "Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself."
Author: Marcel Proust
30. "If the moral good of fiction stems mainly from a habit of mind it inculcates in the reader, styles are neither good nor bad, and to describe some fictional enterprises as false is pointless."
Author: Mary Gordon
31. "The special knowledge you are about to learn will reveal a "letter theory" that was set into motion from the very first verse in your Bible. It is as though the divine author is telling the reader to expect Hebrew letters and numbers to weave messages, in the sub-text, through the rest of the Bible—starting with verse one."
Author: Michael Ben Zehabe
32. "Of course I know that the twins are only words on a page, and I'm certainly not the sort of writer who talks to his characters or harbours any illusions about the creative process. But at the same time, I think it's juvenile and arrogant when literary writers compulsively remind their readers that the characters aren't real. People know that already. The challenge is to make an intelligent reader suspend disbelief, to seduce them into the reality of a narrative."
Author: Michel Faber
33. "Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn't care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams. Now I read in bed. I read at work. I read standing in line. It's like, 'Hello, my name is Nathan and I am a reader.'"
Author: Nathan Fillion
34. "Finding it so directly on the threshold of our narrative, which is now about to issue from that inauspicious portal, we could hardly do otherwise than pluck one of its flowers and present it to the reader. It may serve, let us hope, to symbolize some sweet moral blossom, that may be found along the track, or relieve the darkening close of a tale of human frailty and sorrow."
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
35. "I'd always loved to read - and come from a family of readers - but I never thought about writing as a career."
Author: Nora Roberts
36. "To be left with only the trace of a memory is to gaze at an armchair that's still molded to the form of a love who has left never to return: It is to grieve, dear reader, it is to weep."
Author: Orhan Pamuk
37. "I have been an avid reader of 'Golf Digest' ever since I started playing this great game."
Author: Paula Creamer
38. "Don't tell readers what to think. Let the action speak for itself."
Author: Paula McLain
39. "She was also sure that having experienced the act first hand would probably benefit her writing. If anything she should have sex for her job. Yes, she definitely owed it to her readers to go out and have sex."
Author: R.L. Mathewson
40. "Tis the good reader that makes the good book."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
41. "?"Since I could only take six books per visit from the library, I had to time it right, or I'd be stuck on Sundays rereading the five Reader's Digest Condensed Books sitting on our red laquered living room shelf."
Author: Randy Susan Meyers
42. "' The Lucky One' is at its heart a romance novel, elevated however by Nicholas Sparks' persuasive storytelling. Readers don't read his books because they're true, but because they ought to be true."
Author: Roger Ebert
43. "When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced."[Books vs. Goons, L.A. Times, April 24, 2005]"
Author: Salman Rushdie
44. "Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own."
Author: Salvatore Quasimodo
45. "The world would be a very sad place if readers could only love one story."
Author: Sylvia Day
46. "It's my job really, to help you, my reader, in accepting things as real that aren't. Most books try to get you to accept things that, at the very least, could be real – and that's difficult enough, goodness knows – but here, in this book, nothing seems to be even trying to be real. Except, I would say, me. I'm here, I'm real. And to be honest, I've never been here before. I don't know where I am, I don't know what I'm doing. In some ways, I'm afraid this is the most real story I've ever written."
Author: Tony Burgess
47. "Readers are not sheep, and not every pen tempts them."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
48. "The reader became the book; and summer nightWas like the conscious being of the book."
Author: Wallace Stevens
49. "I think humor is a very serious thing. I use it as a way of weakening the reader's defenses so that I can more easily take him to something more."
Author: William Collins
50. "After he wrote The Paradox of Choice, Schwartz got fervent amens from European governments as well as individual readers for insisting that the management of your focus has become one of decision-laden modernity's major challenges. Many behavioral economists and social psychologists also share his concern about what he calls "the consequences of mis-attention."
Author: Winifred Gallagher

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'I went to one acting coach when I first started who told me that acting is reacting to the stimuli we are presented with. Does that make sense?' John nodded. 'But really, that's life now, isn't it? Because we are not a product of where we came from or what was done to us. We are what we choose to be in every situation that God delivers. And that's why when a thing of beauty enters my life, I rise to the occasion with everything I have. Some people are humbled by beautiful things, John. I'm not. I'm inspired. I go after them with everything I have. Everything.'"
Author: Christopher Rice

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