The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring
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- If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
- Learning to read has been reduced to a process of mastering a series of narrow, specific, hierarchical skills. Where armed-forces recruits learn the components of a rifle or the intricacies of close order drill by the numbers, recruits to reading learn its mechanics sound by sound and word by word.
- The successful Accelerated Reader is able to read larger than normal blocks or bites of the printed page with each eye stop. He has accepted, without reservation, the philosophy that the most important benefit of reading is the gaining of information, ideas, mental picture and entertainment-not the fretting over words. He has come to the realization that words in and of themselves are for the most part insignificant.
- The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.
- We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.
- ‘Tis pleasant, sure, to see one’s name in print; A book’s a book, although there’s nothing in it.