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I like reading... French, Russian classics - Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert. I also like Hemingway, Virginia Woolf.
I like reading novels because it provides insight into human behavior.
I've been reading poetry publicly for 20 years, and this is what you do - you express, you sometimes dig a bit to get a conversation started. That's the point of poetry. You're supposed to go, 'Hmmmm,' and 'Woooh!'
I think it is shocking that 15- and 16-year-olds leave school unable to add up and with the reading ability of a four-year-old.
I spend 12 hours a day reading on most days of the year.
Reading is a possession, a march toward a possession.
I read to my kid, but I can't stand reading.
I usually just end up at home on my couch - reading.
Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
A. R. Ammons
In bed at night, I could be reading some book, and I'll come across a sentence that's totally unrelated to some scene I did years ago. But I'll play the scene back in my mind and think, I did that wrong - I should've opened the door more slowly.
For people who are readers, reading is important to them.
We treasure the word of God not only by reading the words of the scriptures, but by studying them. We may be nourished more by pondering a few words, allowing the Holy Ghost to make them treasures to us, than to pass quickly and superficially over whole chapters of scripture.
Henry B. Eyring
Fiction writing, and the reading of it, and book buying, have always been the activities of a tiny minority of people, even in the most-literate societies.
I had to find my way of translating the excitement you get when you're reading comic books to the big screen.
When I was pregnant, I had the romantic idea that after the baby was born I would not only take up reading in earnest again, but also write a novel while my daughter slept in her Moses basket. Of course, I barely had time to keep up with my magazines until she started sleeping properly.
There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
I get a lot of moral guidance from reading novels, so I guess I expect my novels to offer some moral guidance, but they're not blueprints for action, ever.
Ursula K. Le Guin
At Oxford University, I studied languages so I could read the great novels as they were originally written. I took what in the United States would be a double major in Russian and French, but I have to admit that the pressure of getting through so many books spoiled reading for me.
The best way to get kids reading more is to give them books that they'll gobble up - and that will make them ask for another.
I'm reading a book, because I'm brainy. No, it is a book - if you don't know, it is like a blog except bigger.
I just enjoy lying on the couch and reading a magazine.
If you're reading IMDB, half of it's made up. You can't trust it or Wikipedia, which is just lies, lies!
Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork - reading, writing, thinking - can.
Helen Gurley Brown
The reason Saul Bellow doesn't talk to me anymore is because he knows his new novels are not worth reading.
I'm most impressed by the Russian writers, so I love reading the works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Another author who has informed the way I think is the French philosopher, Blaise Pascal.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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