There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
— Lady Mary Montagu
The only things that are going to change you from where you are today to where you are going to be five years from now are the people you meet and the books you read.
— Lou Holtz
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 embarrassment or awkwardness.
— Helen Keller
Men of power have no time to read; yet the men who do not read are unfit for power.
— Michael Foot
I try to make time for reading each night. In addition to the usual newspapers and magazines, I make it a priority to read at least one newsweekly from cover to cover. If I were to read only what intrigues me – say, the science and business sections – then I would finish the magazine the same person I was when I started. So I read it all.
— Bill Gates
My mother was the most beautiful woman. All I am I owe to her. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
— George Washington
There’s no way you can prepare for the presidency. The only things I ever learned from anybody that might have helped were some of the early things I learned from my mother.
— John F. Kennedy
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s grief and everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. She was the natural ally and friend of the friendless.
— Mark Twain
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
— Stevie Wonder
In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
— Booker T. Washington
Read the best books, and they will improve your writing style.
— Louisa May Alcott
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
— Lord Acton
Take a pen in your uncertain fingers.
Trust and be assured
That the whole world is a sky-blue butterfly
And words are the nets to capture it.
— Muhammad al-Ghuzzi
Write the way you talk. If you don’t talk that way, don’t write that way.
— Lee Iacocca
The man who writes only for the eye generally writes badly; the man who writes to be heard will write with some eloquence, some regard for the music of words, and will reach nearer to his reader’s heart and mind.
— Robertson Davies
There is no velvet so soft as mother’s lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
— Archbishop Thomson
Mothers are the first books read and the last put aside in every child’s library.
— C. Lenox Remond
Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of his mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought, the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven.
— Henry Ward Longfellow
Stories first heard at a mother’s knee are never wholly forgotten – a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years.
— Giovanni Ruffini
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
— Washington Irving
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
— Carl Sagan
My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.
— Bill Russell
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
— James Lowell
To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.
When I was in my early teens, I started with the first book on the bottom shelf and went through the lot, one by one. I didn’t read a few books. I read the Detroit Public Library.
— Thomas Edison
Without the love of books the richest man is poor, but endowed with this treasure, the poorest man is rich.
— Leon Gutteman
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
— Kathleen Norris
If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all.
— François Fénelon
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
— Charles Eliot
A great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
— Franklin Adams
What we learn to do, we learn by doing.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
He that to what he sees, adds observation, and to what he reads, reflection, is on the right road to knowledge.
— Charles Caleb Colton
If I wish to be a man of learning, I cannot get it simply by praying for it; I must study, even to the weariness of the flesh.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon