How Reading Books Has Transformed My Life

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A good book is an event in my life. — Stendhal

My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. — Malcolm X

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. — Ray Bradbury

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. — Voltaire

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I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage. — Roald Dahl

I couldn’t live a week without a private library — indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess. — H.P. Lovecraft

Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. — Albert Einstein

It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others — even my nearest and dearest — there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book. — Maureen Corrigan

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t. — Mark Twain

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. — Abraham Lincoln

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. — Harry Truman

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. — Mortimer J. Adler

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Former presidential speechwriter, still a musician; writes about urban gridlocks. Will work full time for the planet. Harvard Kennedy School ‘14 🇵🇭

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