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Compared to drawing and carving, the making of pots, and the weaving of baskets, reading is a relatively recent human accomplishment, dating back no more than fifty-two hundred years.  Unlike speech, which is acquired by easy osmosis, reading is not something that comes naturally to most of us.  Instead, it must be learned, slowly and painstakingly, by each successive generation.  The eye works its way across the page in little jumps, known technically as “saccades,” pausing at intervals like a frog on a lily pad, in order to ingest the next new word.  As science writer Simon Ings explains, “The eyes literally cannot see stationary objects; they must tremble constantly in order to bring them into view.”  Whereas listening is relatively fast (one needs only a hundredth of a second between sounds in order to distinguish them), looking takes far longer (one needs at least a tenth of a second between two images if they are not to blur), and reading takes longest of all, requiring a full quarter second for each individual word.  Reading, then, involves a considerable amount of work.
 —    Christian McEwen, World Enough & Time
[This quote was found at one of the blogs I follow:  “Live And Learn” at DavidKanigan.com
The specific post is located at:  http://davidkanigan.com/2016/04/03/intense-rendezvous/
David’s blog is well worth a visit.  —  KMAB]
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In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read…  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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To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
   —   Edmund Burke
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The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
   —   Joseph Joubert
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There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
   –  Gilbert K. Chesterton
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That’s what literature is.  It’s the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death!  Listen to them!
  —   Connie Willis
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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
  –  Frederick Douglas
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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
   –  Haruki Murakami
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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
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The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend.
   –  Oliver Goldsmith
From his book: “The Citizen of the World
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Read variously, and you will find after a time that one of the chief delights of reading is substantiating what you find in one department by what you find in another.  One thus follows the hidden threads which bind the creation into a unity.
  —  T. T. Munger
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Read, every day, something no one else is reading.  Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.  Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do.  It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
     —  Christopher Morley
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The cinema may have a specific beauty of its own, but it does not permit that constant re-reading, that meditative brooding, those turning-back to passages heavily charged with meaning, which form the special pleasure of the novel-reader.
   —  André Maurois
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…The Bible perfectly fits Mark Twain’s definition of a classic: “a book which people praise and don’t read.
  —  Kenneth C. Davis
From the Introduction to his book: “Don’t Know Much About The Bible
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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
  —  Joseph Addison
[How’s that for an addition to your New Year’s resolutions?  Happy New Year’s everyone!  —  KMAB]
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