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BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

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I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

MAYA ANGELOU

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ALBERTO MANGUEL

Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.

ALBERTO MANGUEL

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JEAN RHYS

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.

JEAN RHYS

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LLOYD ALEXANDER

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.

LLOYD ALEXANDER

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Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.

MARY SCHMICH

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Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else.

GEORGE SAUNDERS

31

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JAMES BALDWIN

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.

JAMES BALDWIN

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CHRISTIAN BAUMAN

Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape—I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.

CHRISTIAN BAUMAN

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BARACK OBAMA

Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.

BARACK OBAMA

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MALORIE BLACKMAN

Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.

MALORIE BLACKMAN

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F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

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ANNIE DILLARD

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.

ANNIE DILLARD

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JOSEPH ADDISON

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

JOSEPH ADDISON

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JOYCE CAROL OATES

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.

JOYCE CAROL OATES

30

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ROXANE GAY

Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself.

ROXANE GAY

31

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ROBERTO BOLAÑO

Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO

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SHERMAN ALEXIE

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

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

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S.I. HAYAKAWA

It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.

S.I. HAYAKAWA

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