A Quote by Edmond Jabes on the writer, writing, reading, kaballah, and the book

THE WRITER can get free of his writing only by using it, that is, by reading oneself.  As if the aim of writing were to use what is already written as a launching pad for reading the writing to come.

Moreover, what he has written is read in the process, hence constantly modified by his reading.

The book is an unbearable totality.
I write against a background of facets.

Edmond Jabes

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on books, reading, and library

Corliss wondered what happens to a book that sits unread on a library shelf for thirty years. Can a book  rightfully be called a book if it never gets read? If a tree falls in a forest and gets pulped to make paper for a book that never gets read, but there's nobody there to read it, does it make a sound?

Sherman Alexie

Source: Ten Little Indians

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A Quote by Oprah Winfrey on education, women, books, and reading

When you educate a woman, you set her free. Had I not had books and education in Mississippi, I would have believed that's all there was.

Oprah Winfrey (1954 -)

Source: The Business of Being Oprah:

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on books and reading

I don't believe in holy writ. Buy fifty books or twenty-five books, take three weeks off, read them and make up your own theory. The fact that you end up literally burning twenty-two out of twenty-five books is beside the point.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Tom Peters Interview: Tom Peters discusses Re-imagine:

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A Quote by C.S. Lewis on atheist, reading, and careful

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.

C.S. Lewis


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A Quote by Edith Sitwell on reading, writing, and rabbits

A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits.

Edith Sitwell

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A Quote by Peter F. Drucker on reading, education, business, and knowledge worker

...there is need for a person to be generally educated. Otherwise you shrivel up much too soon. Whether this means reading the bible (I read the New Testament every few years) or reading the great 19th century novelists (the greatest and shrewdest judge of people and of society who ever lived), or classical philosophy (which I cannot read--it puts me to sleep immediately), or history (which is secondary). What matters is that the knowledge worker, by the time he or she reaches middle age, has developed and nourished a human being rather than a tax accountant or a hydraulic engineer.

Peter F. Drucker (1909 - 2005)

Source: An interview with Peter Drucker:

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on learning and reading

If you are a man of learning,
read something classic,
a history of the human struggle
and don't settle for mediocre verse.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Kulliyat-i-Shams

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A Quote by Franz Kafka on book, read, reading, and incite

"I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.  If the book does not shake us awake like a blow to the skull, why bother reading it in the first place?"

Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)

Source: The Blue Octavo Notebooks

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A Quote by C.S. Lewis on books, reading, and calm

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

C.S. Lewis

Source: C.S. Lewis

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