About Literacy

Remarks From Readers: Literacy Quotes


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To read is to empower
To empower is to write
To write is to influence
To Influence is to change
To change is to live.
-- Jane Evershed, "More than a Tea Party"

"Sometimes thinking isn't always the way to go. If you think about things to much you might miss out on something great."
-- Katelyn Parker

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened...you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you."
-- Ernest Hemingway

"The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil."
-- Emerson

"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think--rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men."
-- Bill Beattie

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education."
-- Wilson Mizner

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource."
-- John F. Kennedy

"The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions."
-- Bishop Creighton

"The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit."
-- Charles Grosvenor Osgood

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
-- Malcolm S. Forbes

"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave."
-- Baron Henry Peter Brougham

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
-- W. B. Yeats

"If you believe everything you read, better not read."
-- Japanese proverb

"Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours."
-- John Locke

"The illiterate of the 21st centurywill not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
-- Alvin Toffler

"I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths."
-- John Keats

"I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skillfully and magnanimously all the offices both private and public of peace and war." (1644)
-- John Milton

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting." (1753)
-- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

"I pity those who have no taste for reading." (1689)
-- Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquisede Sevigne

"When the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerers and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards-- their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble -- the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when he sees us coming with our books under our arms, "Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading."(1932)
-- Virginia Woolf

"We get no good
By being ungenerous, even to a book,
And calculating profits,
-- so much help
By so much reading. it is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book'sprofound,
Impassioned for its beauty and salt of truth --
'T is then we get the right good from a book." (1857)
-- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." (1994)
-- Emilie Buchwald

"I think reading a novel is almost next best to having something to do." (1857)
-- Margaret Oliphant

"Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive." (1935)
-- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassed mentor awkwardness." (1902)
-- Helen Keller

"Literature is the record of our discontent."(1918)
-- Virginia Woolf

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
-- Mark Twain

"My home is where my books are." (1909)
-- Ellen Thompson

"It was clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down." (1963)
-- Agatha Christie

"If I read a book that impresses me,I have to take myself firmly in hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer." (1952)
-- Anne Frank

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." (1873)
-- Louisa May Alcott

"Books . . . are like lobster shells,we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind,as evidence of our earlier stages of development." (1928)
-- Dorothy Sayers

"I was born with the impression that what happened in books was much more reasonable, and interesting, and real, in some ways, than what happened in life." (1980)
-- Anne Tyler

"Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books -- they are dreams and knowledge, they are a future,and a past." (1940)
-- Esther Meynell

"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." (1952)
-- Mary Ellen Chase

"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." (1993)
-- Anna Quindlen

"People are the common denominator of progress. So... no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. It would be wrong to dismiss the importance of roads, railroads, power plants, mills,and the other familiar furniture of economic development.... But we are coming to realize... that there is a certain sterility in economic monuments that stand alone in a sea of illiteracy. Conquest of illiteracy comes first."(1958)
-- John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society

"I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage."
-- Charles De Secondat

"Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand."
-- Ezra Pound

"How many a man has dated a new erain his life from the reading of a book." (1854)
-- Henry David Thoreau

"Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year."
-- Horace Mann

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
-- Albert Einstein

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper."
-- Robert Frost

"Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained." (1880)
-- James A. Garfield

"The highest result of education is tolerance." (1903)
-- Helen Keller

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
-- Malcolm S. Forbes

"The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil."
-- Emerson

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource."
-- John F. Kennedy

"The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit."
-- Johnson

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education."
-- Mark Twain

"It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curious of inquiry. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty."
-- Albert Einstein

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
-- John F. Kennedy

"Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say thatI view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in. That everyone may receive at least a moderate education appears tobe an objective of vital importance."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience,of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real."
-- George Bernard Shaw

"I like being around books. It makes me feel civilized. The only way to do all the things you'd like to do is to read."
-- Tom Clancy