„No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself.“

Fuente: Journey Within (1947), Ch. 2 : The Three Revelations
Contexto: No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself. And the most objective books are the most deceptive. The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, as a telegraphic message engraves itself on the ticker-tape, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by the various essences, until it becomes a vast conflagration leaping from forest to forest.

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„I ask no one who may read this book to accept my views. I ask him to think for himself.“

—  Henry George American economist 1839 - 1897

Fuente: Social Problems (1883), Ch. 21 : Conclusion
Contexto: I ask no one who may read this book to accept my views. I ask him to think for himself.
Whoever, laying aside prejudice and self-interest, will honestly and carefully make up his own mind as to the causes and the cure of the social evils that are so apparent, does, in that, the most important thing in his power toward their removal. This primary obligation devolves upon us individually, as citizens and as men. Whatever else we may be able to do, this must come first. For "if the blind lead the blind, they both shall fall into the ditch."
Social reform is not to be secured by noise and shouting; by complaints and denunciation; by the formation of parties, or the making of revolutions; but by the awakening of thought and the progress of ideas. Until there be correct thought, there cannot be right action; and when there is correct thought, right action will follow. Power is always in the hands of the masses of men. What oppresses the masses is their own ignorance, their own short-sighted selfishness.

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„Kerouac had lots of class — stumbling drunk in the end, but read those last books. He never blames anybody else; he always blames himself.“

—  Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001

The Paris Review interview (1994)
Contexto: Kerouac had lots of class — stumbling drunk in the end, but read those last books. He never blames anybody else; he always blames himself. If there is a bad guy, it’s poor old drunk Jack, stumbling around. You never hear him railing at the government or railing at this or that. He likes trains, people, bums, cars. He just paints a wonderful picture of Norman Rockwell’s world. Of course it’s Norman Rockwell on a lot of dope.
Jack London had class. He wasn’t a very good writer, but he had tremendous class. And nobody had more class than Melville. To do what he did in Moby-Dick, to tell a story and to risk putting so much material into it. If you could weigh a book, I don’t know any book that would be more full. It’s more full than War and Peace or The Brothers Karamazov. It has Saint Elmo’s fire, and great whales, and grand arguments between heroes, and secret passions. It risks wandering far, far out into the globe. Melville took on the whole world, saw it all in a vision, and risked everything in prose that sings. You have a sense from the very beginning that Melville had a vision in his mind of what this book was going to look like, and he trusted himself to follow it through all the way.

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„In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice.“

—  Edmund Wilson American writer, literary and social critic, and noted man of letters 1895 - 1972

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„No two persons ever read the same book.“

—  Edmund Wilson American writer, literary and social critic, and noted man of letters 1895 - 1972

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„He lies like a book. And he reads a lot of books.“

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„That fabulous polymath Samuel Johnson maintained that no man in his right mind ever read a book through from beginning to end.“

—  Daniel Bell, libro The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism

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„A man is known by the books he reads.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

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„Why read the crystal when he can read the book?“

—  Aneurin Bevan Welsh politician 1897 - 1960

Hansard, House of Commons, 5th series, vol. 468, col. 319.
Speech in the House of Commons, 29 September 1949.
1940s
Contexto: It has been suggested, I think by the hon. Member for East Aberdeenshire (Mr. Boothby) that the most constructive suggestion he could make was to urge an early General Election and a return of a Tory Government in Britain. Why on earth should he want to prophesy what might result from a Tory Government when history has the record for him? Why read the crystal when he can read the book?

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