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Early Reading Quotes


"Books worth reading are worth re-reading." - Holbrook Jackson

"A love of flowers would beget early rising, industry, habits of close observation, and of reading. It would incline the mind to notice natural phenomena, and to reason upon them. It would occupy the mind with pure thoughts, and inspire a sweet and gentle enthusiasm; maintain simplicity of taste; and ... unfold in the heart an enlarged, unstraightened, ardent piety." - Henry Ward Beecher

"The two best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness." - Marilyn Jager Adams

"My early and invincible love of reading,... I would not exchange for the treasures of India." - Edward Gibbon

"I'm reading a book about Romaine Brooks, a wonderful painter from early in the last century." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children's hands early and often." - Barack Obama

"It is important early in life to acquire the power of reading sense wherever you happen to be." - C S Lewis

"Early on, people invested in me because of my letters and then, somehow, after they invested, they stopped reading them." - Michael Burry

"I write early in the morning, usually after reading portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web." - Alan Dean Foster

"My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India." - Edward Gibbon

"I was passionate about reading from an early age, and I would always be carrying a different book each week." - Ashwin Sanghi

"Too many men slip early out of the habit of studious reading, and yet that is essential." - William Osler

"The early development of speed reading can be traced to the beginning of the (20th) century, when the publication explosion swamped readers with more than they could possibly handle at normal reading rates." - Tony Buzan

"I remember being taught to read at a very early age. Like creepy young. I remember being in the crib, reading. My parents were very impressed. My reading speed, comprehension and overall ability has remained at that level ever since." - J J Abrams

"But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art." - Russell Banks

"If you sacrifice early, you'll win late." - Charles Haley

"I go to bed early and rise late and feel as if I have hardly slept, probably because I have been reading almost the entire time." - Daniel Handler

"No one is born a writer; literacy is a peculiar mode of being, but I was all about stories from a very early age, before reading." - Rebecca Solnit

"A lot of what the 'Culture' is about is a reaction to all the science fiction I was reading in my very early teens." - Iain Banks

"Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and making the proper adjustments." - Jim Evans

"Reading and writing are connected. I learned to read very early so I could read the comics, which I then started to draw." - Margaret Atwood

"Two hours on television just doesn't automatically happen. I'm up early, I'm reading newspapers online, talking to my staff, coming up with ideas." - Wolf Blitzer

"Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays." - Patrick White

"Abraham Lincoln had great clarity of mind and expression, and he worked to make it clearer -reading Euclid in his early 30s to train his mind." - William Lee Miller

"Bible reading is an education in itself." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Reading will give you lasting pleasure." - Laura Bush

"What is reading but silent conversation?" - Walter Savage Landor

"My parents read to me a lot as a kid, and I started writing very early, probably spurred on by Aesop's fables. Then they gave me The Lord of the Rings way too early for me to fully understand what I was reading, which was actually kind of cool. It was almost better - comprehension's overrated when you're reading." - Jeff Vandermeer

"Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger." - Confucius

"Reading begets reading." - Nick Hornby

"Walking around an early spring garden- going nowhere." - Kyoshi Takahama

"As parents, the most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life. When children learn to love books, they learn to love learning." - Laura Bush

"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter

"Early readers assumed the Book of Mormon people ranged up and down North and South America from upstate New York to Chili. A close reading of the text reveals it cannot sustain such an expansive geography." - Richard Bushman

"I've just finished reading some of my early papers, and you know, when I'd finished I said to myself, 'Rutherford, my boy, you used to be a damned clever fellow.' (1911)" - Ernest Rutherford

"Often I sit up in my room reading the greatest part of the night, when the book was borrowed in the evening and to be returned early in the morning, lest it should be missed or wanted." - Benjamin Franklin

"My mother was an English teacher before she became a full-time mom, and a huge proponent of reading, so she made sure I was an early and vigorous reader." - Matt Wagner

"I am hopelessly devoted to paper. Nothing against e-readers of any sort - anything that keeps people reading is okay by me - but I am not, historically, an early adopter of such things." - Jonathan Dee

"TV and film were always governing passions of mine, and that first wave of great HBO shows in the early years of the millennium was feeding my desire for fiction more than the books I was reading." - Nic Pizzolatto

"At university, I had been obsessed with reading about the lives of Rimbaud and Baudelaire, and I was steeped in the crazy poets, and I came to view my early subjects through that prism." - Iggy Pop

"From some dilatory reading in the early 1960s, I knew enough about viruses and their association with tumors in animals to understand that they might provide a relatively simple entry into a problem as complex as cancer." - Harold E Varmus

"I skipped kindergarten because I was reading at a pretty high level. That's a weird and cocky thing to say, but I was real sharp, and I knew that early on." - Hannibal Buress

"Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it." - Henry Mintzberg

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself." - Angela Carter

"Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought." - Arthur Helps

"Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else." - Bill Blass

"For me, reading is reading." - Tom Peters

"Research shows us that children who are read to from a very early age are more likely to begin reading themselves at an early age. They're more likely to excell in school. They're more likely to graduate secondary school and go to college." - Laura Bush

"Wilhelmine Germany was hostile to the expression of same-sex love - and, of course, Mann would have known of the fate of Oscar Wilde. His early reading of Platen's poetry, and, probably when he was in his early twenties, of Platen's diaries, introduced him to a form of sexual expression he found profoundly congenial. It's not quite Platonic." - Philip Kitcher

"My mother taught me how to read very early on and at school I was ahead of everyone in class. Reading was always something that I liked because I could do it alone and I was alone a lot of the time with my mother working the hours she did. Books became my friends very early on." - Henry Rollins

"All reading was done in the early years out loud, there was no such thing as silent reading because you had to read out loud in order to figure out you know, where was a word ending and where is the word beginning." - Nicholas G. Carr

"In the early '90s, when I really started to find my voice, I was reading a lot of books, and I was moved by the writers, like Chinua Achebe, and I wanted to be able to write rhymes that were as potent as what I was reading." - Mos Def

"I just finished my homework fast, I was bored to death. There wasn't 500 channels so there was a thing for a librarian to teach a kid like me about reading. I started reading early and I read all the time, because I love it." - Harvey Weinstein

"I think people are trying out ideas with the new technology and it's too early to say where it's going exactly. But again, whether it's digital or paper, it doesn't matter. It's words that somebody is reading and getting an experience out of that reading. That's all that really matters." - Paul Auster

"I'm not a big crime reader, but I'm reading Michael Connelly's 'The Reversal.' I'm going back to his novels. I'm also reading Keith Richards' 'Life.' I'm always fascinated by the transition from the innocent late '60s and early '70s and the youth culture becoming an industry." - Jo Nesbo

"Magazine reading appears to promote more reading." - Stephen D. Krashen

"Reading, reading actively, strengthens the soul." - Katrina Kenison

"Reading is power. Reading is life." - Karin Slaughter

"I had hundreds of books under my skin already. Not selected reading, all of it. Some of it could be called trashy. I had been through Nick Carter, Horatio Alger, Bertha M. Clay and the whole slew of dime novelists in addition to some really constructive reading. I do not regret the trash. It has harmed me in no way. It was a help, because acquiring the reading habit early is the important thing. Taste and natural development will take care of the rest later on." - Zora Neale Hurston

"There is nothing in the world more peaceful than apple - leaves with an early moon." - Alice Meynell

"I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. Early in life, I absenteed myself from Christian assemblies." - Benjamin Franklin

"The secret of success is to get up early, work late and strike oil." - John D Rockefeller

"I learned very early in my life never to take counsel in my fears." - George S Patton

"Fancy and humour, early and constantly indulged in, may expect an old age overrun with follies." - Isaac Watts

"Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun." - Thomas Jefferson

"I went to a meeting for premature ejactulators. I left early." - Jack Benny

"I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early." - Yogi Berra

"If you want to work on the core problem, it's early school literacy." - James L. Barksdale

"Crooks are early adopters." - Craig Newmark

"Learn early, learn often." - Drew Houston

"I rise early because no day is long enough for a day's work." - Louis D Brandeis

"Its getting late early" - Yogi Berra

"Release early and often." - Kevin Rose

"They scored too early." - Ron Atkinson

"I learned early in life that to laugh before breakfast was to cry before dinner." - Diana Trilling

"I was just a kid selling monster stories to the kids in the projects, complete with a dramatic reading, making the werewolf sounds. My career was aborted early on because one of my main customers started to have nightmares and his mother came to my mother and my mother shut down my whole business." - George R R Martin

"It is hardly surprising that children should enthusiastically start their education at an early age with the Absolute Knowledge of computer science; while they are unable to read, for reading demands making judgments at every line. Conversation is almost dead, and soon so too will be those who knew how to speak." - Guy Debord

"I had been reading a lot about pioneers in Australia and the colonization of Australia, and pioneers in Virginia and the early settlers in the United States, and I was fascinated by those communities and how they grew, how their politics developed, and the actual suffering of those people and the tribulations they went through." - Ben Richards

"In Among the White Moon Faces, I wrote about my desire to be a writer as rooted in my obsessive hours of reading English novels and poetry. It was that spur, that desire, that pushed me to set aside love and marriage in my early twenties." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"[John Musker] got me reading the mythology and we very early on we worked up a basic storyline centered around the character of Maui. He just seemed like a great character to kind of build a movie around. He's this mythic demi-god, bigger than life character. He pulled up islands with his magical fishhook. He slowed down the sun. He's Pan Pacific." - Ron Clements

"What follows, then? That one had better put on gloves before reading the New Testament. The presence of so much filth makes it very advisable. One would as little choose early Christians for companions as Polish Jews: not that one need seek out an objection to them - neither has a pleasant smell." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The taste for books was an early one. As a child he was sometimes found at midnight by a page still reading. They took his taper away, and he bred glow-worms to serve his purpose. They took the glow-worms away and he almost burnt the house down with a tinder." - Virginia Woolf

"I had always owned them to be the Word of God... the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by God." - John Nelson Darby

"Hemingway was really early. I probably started reading him when I was just eleven or twelve. There was just something magnetic to me in the arrangement of those sentences. Because they were so simple - or rather they appeared to be so simple, but they weren't." - Joan Didion

"My mother had been an English teacher in India before she came to the U.K., and she taught me to read early on - not only in English, but in Hindi, too. My teachers didn't like the fact that I was reading more quickly than they were teaching, and as a consequence, I would sometimes get bored in class." - Sanjeev Bhaskar

"I started to read at a very early age, and I just thought that books and reading were really the most wonderful thing that life had to offer. I think I wrote my very first piece of fiction at the age of 12, but then I didn't write any more for quite a long time." - Carol Windley

"I always loved strange stories like the Dr. Seuss stuff. 'Go, Dog. Go!' was one of my favorite stories - it still is. It's just such a bizarre yet true book. And I did well reading and writing as a kid throughout school. I think early on that's what made me realize what an advantage that is." - Jon Scieszka

"The best way to prepare for a night out with a Shakespearean tragedy is to do a bit of reading up in the afternoon, eat a light supper - perhaps Welsh rarebit - and then arrive early to do some stretching exercises in the foyer before curtain-up." - Arthur Smith

"The early commentators who put down the pre-presidential Roosevelt as an empty-headed young lightweight, all ambition and no talent, now seem comically wrong to a modern book-reading, movie-going, television-watching, legend-loving American public conditioned to think of him as one of the presidential giants on the order of Washington and Lincoln." - Russell Baker

"I liked early Amis a lot, but I stopped reading him some time ago. I admire Hitchens on literary topics - I think he is very astute. McEwan, I read a bit. But I suppose it's more the ideological phenomenon that they represent together that interests me." - Terry Eagleton

"I read usually in the morning, in my kitchen at breakfast - a short reading time, usually poetry. I read in bed every night. I usually get in bed pretty early with a book, and I read until I can't prop my eyes open anymore - sometimes rather late." - Sue Monk Kidd

"If there is any message in the 'Wimpy Kid' books, it is that reading can be and should be fun. As an adult reader, when I see an obvious moral lesson to be taught, I run in the other direction... Kids can sniff out an adult agenda from an early age. I'm writing for entertainment, not to impress literary judges." - Jeff Kinney

"Although I could read before I went to school, and I won the school reading prize at five years old, my early children's stories came from the radio and watching films at a cinema on Saturday mornings in Australia. It wasn't until I was nine years old on a ship returning from Australia that I was introduced to children's books." - Michelle Magorian

"The early readers are in-between books for the kids who aren't ready for novels yet but are done with my picture books. It's really rewarding to think that they can grow up reading my books at all the different levels." - Grace Lin

"I've always loved short stories. Even before I was a writer I was reading short stories - there were certain writers where I just felt like they could do in a short story what so many writers needed a whole novel to do, and that was really inspiring to me. Alice Munro, I felt that way about from an early time. Grace Paley." - Molly Antopol

"I've always been an outsider. I grew up in an isolated house surrounded by three moats. There was no money. I left school early. It was a world of its own. I became fascinated by consciousness because there was nothing much to do except mooch about and think. I had the occasional mystical experience. I studied consciousness, reading all the books I could get." - Amanda Feilding

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." - Joseph Brodsky

"The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones." - Joseph Joubert

"Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There's nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over." - Gail Carson Levine

"Sometimes when reading Goethe I have the paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny." - Guy Davenport

"You write with ease, to show your breeding, But easy writing's vile hard reading." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others." - Abraham Lincoln

"Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?" - Karl Kraus

"I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve." - Baron de Montesquieu

"Reading is not optional." - Walter Dean Myers

"Reading means borrowing." - Georg C Lichtenberg

"Reading gave me hope." - Oprah Winfrey

"Reading makes me happy." - Gretchen Rubin

"Reading is my passion." - Kate Dicamillo

"Reading means borrowing." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"I was reading." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Reading is important." - John Garfield

"Reading can be dangerous." - Diane Setterfield

"I never stopped reading." - Doris Lessing

"I'm always reading something." - John Oates

"Learning to read and write makes little sense if you don't understand what you're reading and writing about. While we may have forgotten, most of our early learning came not from being explicitly taught but from experiencing. Kids aren't born knowing hard and soft, sweet and sour, red and green. When the child experiences those things, s/he transforms them into psychological understandings. When kids play with other kids, they learn about others and about themselves. Learning the basics of our physical and social reality is what early childhood is all about." - David Elkind

"It feels great to wake up feeling healthy, awake and alert. I love waking up in the morning, taking a deep breath, reading the newspaper and going to the gym - as opposed to carrying a hangover right until lunch. That's horrible. It is nice to let off steam once in a while, but I find myself less involved with people in that sense. I like staying at home, reading a book, having a chat with my wife, a quiet dinner and going to bed early. I don't want to drink half a bottle of whisky and look 50 the next day. I have become an anti-drinking, anti-smoking agent." - Saif Ali Khan

"It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray. The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning." - Oswald Chambers

"When you plant early, you bring spring early." - Jean Hersey

"Early rising is no pleasure; early drinking's just the measure." - Francois Rabelais

"Begin early to teach, for children begin early to sin." - Charles Spurgeon

"Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well." - Josh Billings

"Go to bed early, get up early-this is wise." - Mark Twain

"It's early yet. It's always early, while you still alive." - Esi Edugyan

"The early bird gets the worm.The early worm... gets eaten." - Norman Ralph Augustine

"Early childhood education begins early, even before birth." - Madeleine M Kunin

"Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading." - William Zinsser

"I am always reading or thinking about reading." - Joyce Carol Oates

"I alternate between reading cook books and reading diet books." - Mason Cooley

"Don't neglect your spiritual reading. - Reading has made many saints." - Josemaria Escriva

"Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading." - M H Abrams

"The greatest pleasure of reading consists in re-reading." - Vernon Lee

"It is too early to love. We will buy the right to do so by shedding blood." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"I would like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age." - Paul Desmond

"What's a good investment? Go home from work early and spend the afternoon throwing a ball around with your son." - Ben Stein

"The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between." - Bill Veeck

"I'm still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman." - Hillary Clinton

"Late children are early orphans." - John Wilmot

"Good luck beats early rising." - Proverbs

"Vote early and vote often." - Al Capone

"Early numbers are always wrong." - Mary Cheney

"I'm an early-morning owl." - Patrick Wilson

"I grew up in a completely bookless household. It was my father's boast that he had never read a book from end to end. I don't remember any of his ladies being bookish. So I was entirely dependent on my schoolteachers for my early reading with the exception of The Wind in the Willows, which a stepmother read to me when I was in hospital." - John Le Carre

"Have been reading "Genesis" several Sundays, not as a Christian reads for "spiritual consolation," "instruction," etc., not as aninfidel reads to carp and quarrel and criticize, but as one who wishes to be informed and furnished in the earliest and most wonderful of all literary productions. The literature of the Bible should be studied as one studies Shakespeare, for illustration and language, for its true pictures of man and woman nature, for its early historical record." - Rutherford B Hayes

"During my solitude, conflicting thoughts increased; but much exercise of soul had the effect of causing the scriptures to gain complete ascendancy over me. I had always owned them to be the Word of GOD . . . the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by GOD." - John Nelson Darby

"At the age of three I began to look around my grandfather's library. My first knowledge of astronomy came from reading and looking at pictures at that time. By the time I was six I remember him buying books for me. ... I think I was eight, he bought me a three-inch telescope on a brass mounting. ... So, as far back as I can remember, I had an early interest in science in general, astronomy in particular." - Jesse L. Greenstein

"The Lampoon was definitely quite formative. You know there's a crazy like kind of network of comedy writers from The Lampoon that are, that kind of you know like Seinfeld and The Simpsons and a lot of shows kind of had a lot of kind of Lampoon writers and so that was very formative. I mean, to me I got interested in comedy writing at an early like reading like Dave Barry." - Nicholas Stoller

"I had lots of time to read [being a lawyer] what I hadn't read in my school and college days. Being a bad student I barely passed my exams and I barely bothered about books. It was sports all the time. I started reading and got involved in literature and writing. The few cases I handled gave me the material for my early short stories." - Khushwant Singh

"I am not a historian, but I find myself being more and more fascinated by history and now I find myself reading more and more about history. I am very interested in Napoleon, at the present: I'm very interested in battles, in wars, in Gallipoli, the First World War and so on, and I think that as I age I am becoming more and more historical. I certainly wasn't at all in my early twenties." - Sylvia Plath



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