To Light a Fire
To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo
At one magical instant the page of a book –
that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment,
whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
- Alberto Manguel
Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old,
rich and poor, reading books.
Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular,
they are, for a time, transported to another world.
We are familiar with words describing images, but not so
familiar with images describing words and the
impact reading has on our lives.
Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of
reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to Picasso and Cassatt
and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.
We read to know we are not alone.
- C.S. Lewis
A great book that comes from a great thinker
is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
- Pablo Neruda
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
– Anna Quindlen
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
- Emily Dickinson
Reading is everything.
Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter.
Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
– Nora Ephron
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
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
- Joseph Addison
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