Read to survive?

Dinosaurs didn’t read, now the’re extinct. Coincidence?

rhetorical question

Brief and clear

Whatever you are teaching be brief so that impressionable minds may readily understand what you’ve said, and hold fast to it.

Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis, ut cito dicta, percipiant animi dociles teneantque fideles.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horaz) – Roman writer (65-8 B.C.), from “Ars poetica” 335 (c. 19 B.C.), Quotations book 2020


Each learns more readily, and retains more willingly, what makes him laugh than what he approves of and respects.

Discit enim citius meminitque libentius illud
quod quis deridet quam quod probat et veneratur.

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horaz) – Roman writer (65-8 B.C.), from “Epistularum liber secundus” (c. 14 B.C.), Quotations book 2020


Il mondo è un bel libro, ma poco serve a chi non lo sa leggere.

Carlo Goldoni – drammaturgo e librettista italiano (1707-1793), da “La Pamela”, Act 1, Scena 14 (1750)

The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.

Carlo Goldoni – Italian playwright and librettist (1707-1793), from “La Pamela”, Act 1, Scene 14 (1750)


Отлично думается, читая.

Лев Николаевич Толстой – русский писатель (1828-1910), из своих дневников (1857), Котировочная книга 2019

Reading strenghtens

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison – British politician and writer (1672-1719), in “The Tatler”, N° 147 (1709), Quotations book 2018

Reading as key

Someone who understands how to read, possesses the key to great deeds, to undreamed possibilities.

attributed to Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963)

Bon livre

A good book is a good friend.

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre – French writer (1737-1814), from “Paul and Virginie” (1788), Quotations book 2018

Un bon livre est un bon ami.

Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre – écrivain français (1737-1814), de “Paul et Virginie” (1788), Brochure de citation 2018

Quoting better

It’s a MUCH more effective quotation to attribute it to Aristotle, rather than to Will Durant.

Frank F. Herron – American lecturer for communication sciences (b. 1952)

[Aristotle: Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.); Will Durant: American philosopher and priest (1885-1981)]

Second thought

Writing is the art of the second thought.

René J. Cappon – American author and journalist (1924-2007), Quotattions book 2014


Je ne dis les autres, sinon pour d’autant plus me dire.

I do not say so much of others, but to get a better opportunity to explain myself.

Michel de Montaigne – French writer and philosopher (1533-1592), from “De l’Institution des Enfans”, in the first book of his essays (1580)

Press coverage

Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

Andy Warhol – American artist (1928-1987), Quotations book 2013

Sit and think

We both insist on a lot of time being available almost every day to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. We read and think. So Warren and I do more reading and thinking and less doing than most people in business. We do that because we like that kind of life. But we´ve turned that quirk into a positive outcome for ourselves.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2013


It ain’t those parts of the bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)


It is impossible to open a book without learning something.

Chinese wisdom


A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers – American humorist (1879-1935)

People and books

Of all the inanimate objects, of all men’s creations, books are the nearest to us, for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to truth, and our persistent leaning toward error. But most of all they resemble us their precarious hold on life.

Joseph Conrad – born Josef Teodor Nalecz Konrad Kerzeniowski, Polish-born British writer (1857-1924)


Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?

Philip G. Hamerton – English writer (1834-1894), Quotations book 2004