Sunday, April 18, 2021

Literary Bits: 10 Authors on Reading

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.—Henry David Thoreau, Walden


The duty of literature is to note what counts and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.—Anatole France


There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.—Arthur Conan Doyle


Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.—G. K. Chesterton


What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.—E. M. Forster


Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.—Ezra Pound


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


Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.—C. S. Lewis


"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”—J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.—John Green, An Abundance of Katherines