Wednesday, 17 October 2012

On Reading

This week I came across a lot of random quotes on reading, so I'm going to share some of them here, as they're just too good not to! (in a nice little picture arrangement)

I feel so passionate about reading and encouraging reading to people! Unfortunately we live in a modern age of technology that offers so many distractions to reading books. And it's such a shame, it really is. 

Because look what books can do! Rudyard Kipling once said 'words are mankind's most powerful drugs' and in books, we see their true power. They are proof that humans can work magic as Carl Sagan says. And as CS Lewis and George RR Martin suggests, when we read we live more than our own life, we live thousands. And in the process, learn so much more about life.  As Ursula Le Guin says (of which I couldn't find an image...): 'We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel…it is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.'

Oh, I could go on all day about the joys and benefits of reading, but I won't. I'll leave that to the writers below who have already said it so eloquently.

So read! Read, read, read! The wonders are untold! (Here's some of them below...)



  1. People who don't care to read have always been a mystery to me. Having started reading at the age of 4 (because I loved books so much and didn't want to wait until someone had tome to read to me) books and reading have been my escape, salvation, inspiration and joy. Reading and its accompanying joy have been the constant of my life and become more so now. Thanks for sharing so eloquently how so many others feel the same way. Long live the written word!

  2. I know Mary, me too! And I hate when people who never read dismiss it as 'boring' and worse! They obviously don't know joys inherent in it!
    Yes that's it exactly - they offer escape, salvation, inspiration and joy. It was my favourite pastime when I was younger too, I simply loved escaping into a book, and after reading it, it seemed to have changed the world into a more wonderful, colourful, adventurous, exciting, possible place!
    Yes, long live the written word!


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