„Men of learning are those who have read the contents of books. Thinkers, geniuses, and those who have enlightened the world and furthered the race of men, are those who have made direct use of the book of the world.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
Essays, "Thinking for Oneself" http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/s/schopenhauer/arthur/essays/chapter8.html
„I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?“
— Franz Kafka, Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors
Context: I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?... we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. Letter to Oskar Pollak http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001062.php (27 January 1904) Variant translations: If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us. What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us. A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
„Academic education is the act of memorizing things read in books, and things told by college professors who got their education mostly by memorizing things read in books.“
— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
„One day, to pass the time away, we read
of Lancelot—how love had overcome him.
We were alone, and we suspected nothing.
And time and time again that reading led
our eyes to meet, and made our faces pale,
and yet one point alone defeated us.
When we had read how the desired smile
was kissed by one who was so true a lover,
this one, who never shall be parted from me,
while all his body trembled, kissed my mouth.
A Gallehault indeed, that book and he
who wrote it, too; that day we read no more.“
— Dante Alighieri, Inferno
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Inferno, Canto V, lines 127–138 (tr. Mandelbaum).
„It's in being read that a book becomes a book, and in each of a million different readings a book become one of a million different books…“
— Mohsin Hamid, kniha How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
„:I don't, everything I've read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn't ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they're broken, they become cooperative. And that's when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that's how we ended up with bin Laden. That seems to be clear from all the information I read. Maybe McCain has better information than I do, but from what I’ve seen, it seems pretty clear that but for these cooperative witnesses who were cooperative as a result of enhanced interrogations, we would not have gotten bin Laden.“
— Rick Santorum American politician 1958
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum reacts to Newt Gingrich's slam of Paul Ryan Hugh Hewitt Radio 2011-05-17 http://www.hughhewitt.com/transcripts.aspx?id=d18eabab-3f0c-4611-8dcc-c277fa7f0deb 2011-05-19 Regarding Senator John McCain's statements on the Senate Floor http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-pn-mccain-bin-laden-20110512,0,185175.story on 2011-05-12, where he said "We did not learn Abu Ahmed's real name or alias as a result of waterboarding or any "enhanced interrogation technique" used on a detainee in U.S. custody. None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts, or an accurate description of his role in Al Qaeda. In fact, not only did the use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on Bin Laden's courier, Abu Ahmed; it actually produced false and misleading information." John McCain was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
— Carlo Goldoni Italian playwright and librettist 1707 - 1793
Pamela (c. 1750), Il mondo è un bel libro, ma poco serve a chi non lo sa leggere. I. 14.
„Books are the greatest and the most satisfactory of recreations. I mean the use of books for pleasure. Without books, without having acquired the power of reading for pleasure, none of us can be independent, but if we can read we have a sure defence against boredom in solitude.“
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
— Ray Bradbury, kniha 451 stupňů Fahrenheita
„If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads.“
— Sherman Alexie Native American author and filmmaker 1966