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Writers On Reading

A CASE FOR READING

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” Ray Bradbury

“I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue! Books by the dozen, the score and the billion. I carried so many home I was hunchbacked for years. Philosophy, art history, politics, social science, the poem, the essay, the grandiose play, you name ‘em, I ate ‘em.” Ray Bradbury

“I would read and read and read. There is no better model than a good book.” Patricia MacLachan

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” Stephen King

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” Samuel Johnson

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” Larry L. King

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” Ray Bradbury

“When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left, then I buy food and clothes.” Erasmus

“I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.” Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Why do we read? We read to know we are not alone.” C.S.Lewis

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” Mark Twain

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” Walt Disney

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King

“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” Virginia Woolf

“Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum.” Henry Miller

“Read everything. If you haven’t read everything, you’ll never be able to write anything.” Lev Grossman

“You really ought to read more books — you know, those things that look like blocks but come apart on one side.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” Ezra Pound

I read before I wrote.

Written by The UnNovelist
The Unnovelist