A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
There is a note in the front of the volume saying that no public reading may be given without first getting the author's permission. It ought to be made much more difficult to do than that.
It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer.
The habit of reading
is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.
Easy reading is damned hard writing.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
If ever we had proof that our nation`s pollution laws aren`t working, it`s reading the list of industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the womb.
At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful.
Reading any collection of a man's quotations is like eating the ingredients that go into a stew instead of cooking them together in the pot. You eat all the carrots, then all the potatoes, then the meat. You won't go away hungry, but it's not quite satisfying. Only a biography, or autobiography, gives you the hot meal.
Reading is a lot like physical exercise. Reading is a workout for the brain.
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first.
If you allow yourself to begin posting entries based on what you think someone else wants you to write, you are missing the point of having a weblog. Even more destructive is the number game. It is always flattering to discover that someone else likes reading what you write, but it you begin to focus on gaining the largest audience you can, you will destroy whatever pleasure you may otherwise derive from your work.
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love of reading.
When in reading we meet with any maxim that may be of use, we should take it for our own, and make an immediate application of it, as we would of the advice of a friend whom we have purposely consulted.
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints
It comes of being by yourself when you are growing up, because you`re reading and you`re forming an opinion, and there`s no-one to argue with you, so you become dogmatic. There`s no-one to temper your opinion, so you think you`re right.
The more you do it, the more you learn to concentrate, as a child does, incredibly intensively and then you sort of have to relax. I remember the first film I did, the lead actor would in between scenes be reading a newspaper or sleeping and I`d think, "How can you do that?
My job is about the most fun thing I do, but I have a broad set of interests, going places, reading things, doing things.