— Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America
„I am indeed casting the die and writing the book, either for my contemporaries or for posterity to read, it matters not which: let the book await its reader for a hundred years; God himself has waited six thousand years for his work to be seen.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself.“
— Romain Rolland French author 1866 - 1944
Context: No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself. And the most objective books are the most deceptive. The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest. Ch. 2 : The Three Revelations
„In the end all books are written for your friends. The problem after writing One Hundred Years of Solitude was that now I no longer know whom of the millions of readers I am writing for; this upsets and inhibits me. It's like a million eyes are looking at you and you don't really know what they think.“
— Gabriel García Márquez Colombian writer 1927 - 2014
„Unlike many of my contemporaries, I never write books for my fellow professors to read. I have no interest in the academic audience at all. I'm interested in Joe Doakes. A general audience can read any book I write – and they do.“
— Mortimer J. Adler American philosopher and educator 1902 - 2001
In: F.N. D'Alession. " Philosopher, reformer Mortimer Adler, father of 'Great Books' program, dies at 98 http://lubbockonline.com/stories/062901/upd_075-4286.shtml#.VVHE0_ntmko." at lubbockonline.com, June 29, 2001.
„When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Thoughts in Westminster Abbey (1711).
„The "I" who speaks in this book is by no means the author. Rather, the author wishes that the reader may come to see himself in this "I": that the reader may not simply relate to what is said here as he would to history, but rather that while reading he will actually converse with himself, deliberate back and forth, deduce conclusions, make decisions like his representative in the book, and through his own work and reflection, purely out of his own resources, develop and build within himself the philosophical disposition that is presented to him in this book merely as a picture.“
— Johann Gottlieb Fichte German philosopher 1762 - 1814
P. Preuss, trans. (1987), p. 2
— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
„F. Shaw: As prolific as you are, how long did it take you to research and write this book?
A. Axelrod: Well over a year. I do my research for one book while I write another—that way I get to read as well as write.“
— Alan Axelrod American historian 1952
Alan Axelrod in an interview with Frank R. Shaw, Aug 23, 2007 http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/frank/axelrod.htm.
„If I have not read a book before, it is, to all intents and purposes, new to me, whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
"On Reading New Books" (1825)
„In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be past,
That I may give for every day
Some good account at last.“
— Isaac Watts English hymnwriter, theologian and logician 1674 - 1748
Song 20: "Against Idleness and Mischief".