To Read or not To Read

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire


A heartfelt thank you to these authors for their work. These books have been true companions throughout my 8 months abroad. I am indebted to the uncountable reasons they were made available to me at what now seem like kismet moments. I found them or they found me (at intricate times) to broadened my personal perspective on this deeply personal journey of the soul. The way the words on these pages of paper have influenced and supported me can not be understated. What I have gained from reading this random collection of work (at what can only be described as in “perfect time”) has totally grown me. I am so grateful.

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”― Anna Quindlen

“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Hazel Rochman

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky

“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

“The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” – Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.” – Marcel Proust

“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.” -Christopher Morley

“Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.”

– Arthur Helps

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.” – Francis Bacon

“What is reading but silent conversation?” – Walter Savage Landor

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde

“I divide all readers into two classes: Those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”

-William Phelps

3 thoughts on “To Read or not To Read”

  1. No wonder you are happy with your books and reading. A wonderfully inspiring and eclectic mix. I love all your quotes but I think the Dr Seuss one is my favourite.

    Moby Dick is the book by my bed right now!

    Great post. Lottie

  2. Gina~
    Loved this post, and all of your selections, a few of which I have indeed read. Loved the quotes too, all of them ring true. I want to recommend a book that I think you might love. It is written by a dear, dear friend of mine whom I have known since the 4th grade. It is entitled: ” Some Feet Not Meant For Shoes ” by Pamela Klein. It is published by iUniverse ( and it is also available through Amazon. Also, here is the author’s blog link:Body of Wisdom
    Thanks for always being such a wonderful inspiration for so many sweet Gina.♥

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