Quotes about reading

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„Just because you read it in a magazine,
Or see it on a TV screen
Don't make it factual.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

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HIStory: Past, Present & Future, Book I (1995)

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„I was excited by the story of Yayati. This exchange of ages between the father and the son, which seemed to be terribly powerful and terribly modern. At the same time I was reading a lot of Sartre and the Existentialist. This consistent harping on responsibility which the Existentialist indulge in suddenly seemed to link up with the story of Yayati.“

—  Girish Raghunath Karnad Indian playwright 1938 - 2019

This story of Yayati from the Mahabhrata generated interst in him to become a playwright and he explains this here.[Sahu, Nandini title=The Post-colonial Space: Writing the Self and the Nation, http://books.google.com/books?id=xs_tj0tDnnwC&pg=PA59, 2007, Atlantic Publishers & Dist, 978-81-269-0777-9, 120]

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„From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

Source: 1980s, That Benediction is Where You Are (1985), p. 18
Context: From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it. How to write becomes a problem to the child. Please follow this carefully. Mathematics becomes a problem, history becomes a problem, as does chemistry. So the child is educated, from childhood, to live with problems — the problem of God, problem of a dozen things. So our brains are conditioned, trained, educated to live with problems. From childhood we have done this. What happens when a brain is educated in problems? It can never solve problems; it can only create more problems. When a brain that is trained to have problems, and to live with problems, solves one problem, in the very solution of that problem, it creates more problems. From childhood we are trained, educated to live with problems and, therefore, being centred in problems, we can never solve any problem completely. It is only the free brain that is not conditioned to problems that can solve problems. It is one of our constant burdens to have problems all the time. Therefore our brains are never quiet, free to observe, to look. So we are asking: Is it possible not to have a single problem but to face problems? But to understand those problems, and to totally resolve them, the brain must be free.

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„There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.“

—  Joseph Brodsky Russian and American poet and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate 1940 - 1996

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Citát „If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.“
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„If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

No known source in Twain's works.
The earliest known source is a Usenet post from November 2000 https://groups.google.com/forum/message/raw?msg=israel.francophones/j_b0peHVcJw/YN5cG6Pdk6QJ.
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„"Classic." A book which people praise and don't read.“

—  Mark Twain, book Following the Equator

Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. XXV
Following the Equator (1897)

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„When I read about the dangers of drinking, I gave up reading“

—  Henny Youngman American comedian 1906 - 1998

Variant: When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.

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