Read all about it.

Reading and writing go hand in hand.  To become well versed in one there is a need to practise the other too.  Here are a few inspirational quotations I have come across online to illustrate this point, as well as to get us thinking, as writers, about our companion in the process of committing thought to paper: the reader.

‘Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.’  Stephen King

‘A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.’  Erica Jong

‘Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.’ Sir Francis Bacon.

‘If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.’ Benjamin Franklin.
‘Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.’ W Fusselman.

‘Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.’ William Faulkner.

‘[Dear students],

Knowing how to read and not reading books is like owning skiis and not skiing, owning a board and never riding a wave, or, well, having your favorite sandwich in your hand and not eating it. If you owned a telescope that would open up the entire universe for you would you try to find reason for not looking through it? Because that is exactly what reading is all about; it opens up the universe of humour, of adventure, of romance, of climbing the highest mountain, of diving in the deepest sea.
I found my first experience with Wile E. Coyote in a whole hilarious chapter about coyotes in a book called Roughing It by Mark Twain. I found the entire romantic personality of Pepe Le Pew in a book written by Kenneth Roberts, Captain Hook. I found bits and pieces of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all the others in wonderful, exciting books.
I dare you all, test your strength: Open a book.
Sincerely,
Chuck Jones.’

‘No two persons ever read the same book.’ Edmund Wilson.

‘A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.’ Samuel Johnson.
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