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Summary. This document contains quotes about the importance of reading books. Quotes are listed alphabetically by first word. Contributions and inspiration for this list are from Mary Vasey.

  • “A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.” – Malcolm Bradbury
  • “A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
  • “Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.” – Jim Bishop
  • “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges
  • It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.” – Lord Henry P. Brougham
  • “The closest we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library.” – Ashleigh Brilliant
  • “The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency — the belief that the here and now is all there is.” – Allan Bloom
  • “When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” – Rita Mae Brown
  • “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky
  • “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
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