Carl Sagan On Reading

  Carl Sagan  (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)
Carl Sagan  (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)

The gears of poverty, ignorance, hopelessness, and low self-esteem mesh to create a kind of perpetual failure machine that grinds down dreams from generation to generation. We all bear the cost of keeping it running. Illiteracy is its linchpin…. Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom. But reading is still the path.

 

Alan Bennett On Reading

   Alan Bennett   (May 09, 1934 -) 
Alan Bennett (May 09, 1934 -) 

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. 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.

Virginia Woolf On Reading

   Virginia Woolf   (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) 
Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) 

I have sometimes dreamt that when the Day of Judgment dawns — the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say when he sees us coming with our books under our arms, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.”