Archive for the 'Quotables' Category


Sunday, April 13th, 2014

“I much prefer working with kids whose life could be completely upended by a reading of a book over a weekend. You give them a book to read – they go home and come back a changed person. And that is so much more interesting and exciting.”

Russell Banks, American writer and poet


Sunday, April 6th, 2014

“Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams. Now I read in bed. I read at work. I read standing in line. It’s like, ‘Hello, my name is Nathan and I am a reader.’”

Nathan Fillion

We had much the same rule at my house – not only did Mom not care if I read under the covers with a flashlight, she made sure the flashlight had good, strong batteries!


Sunday, March 30th, 2014

“Some of the most famous books are the least worth reading. Their fame was due to their having done something that needed to be doing in their day. The work is done and the virtue of the book has expired.”

Moliere, French actor and playwright

I definitely think some classics fall into this category — they were important in their day, but they aren’t as relevant today.


Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

“While we are reading, we are all Don Quixote.”

Mason Colley, American aphorist

One of the great things about reading is the way that it lets us live other lives and play other roles.


Sunday, March 16th, 2014

“Sometimes, reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled, and can no longer spell or write a sentence.”

Alice Walker, author and activist

A friend of mine jokes that I’m the only person she knows who uses semi colons in text messages. I agree that text speak is damaging our language, but it started long before iPhones. There are different ways to communicate and a lot of young people have been kind of cut off from more formal kinds of communication. I think it has opened a divide between younger and older adults.


Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

“Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.”

Babe Ruth, legendary American baseball player

Now there’s a nightmare for you! I don’t know if I would have given up reading — or given up baseball.


Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

“Every time there’s a revolution, it comes from somebody reading a book about revolution. David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing.”

Mike Tyson, professional boxer, referring to David Walker’s book, An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World



Sunday, February 16th, 2014

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist

I do a fair amount of writing and I agree so strongly with this. Writing something smooth and easy to read? Not as easy as it looks.


Sunday, February 9th, 2014

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

John Wooden, American basketball player and coach

That is a great description of my book problem: so many new books come in that they bury the older ones! There are classic books that I would love to go back and read, if only I could find the time.


Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.

Steven Wright, American comedian

I absolutely love this. There is something, well, poetic about it.