A child has no great wish to perfect himself in the use of an instrument of torture, but make it a means to his pleasure, and soon you will not be able to keep him from it.

Daniel Pennac

Daniel Pennac

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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We see that that ritual of reading every evening at the end of the bed when they were so little--set time, set gestures-- was like a prayer.

The teacher is commodified, the school is a shop, the subjects are consumer goods. To read, to think, to reflect, isn't a question of want, it's a question of need.

He was an echo chamber for all books, the physical incarnation of words, the book made human.

We human beings build houses because we're alive, but we write books because we're mortal. We live in groups because we're sociable, but we read because we know we're alone. Reading offers a kind of companionship that takes no one's place, but that no one can replace either.

Time spent reading, like time spent loving, increases our lifetime.

If reading isn't about communication, it is, in the end, about sharing. But a deferred and fiercely selective kind of sharing.

I've never had time to read. But no one ever kept me from finishing a novel I loved.

All it takes is one teacher - just one - to save us from ourselves and make us forget all the others.

Forced to think you end up coming to a conclusion.Forced to come to a conclusion you make a decision.And once you made the decision you really acts.

I have never experienced a sorrow that was not relieved by an hour of reading.

Reading is an act of resistance. Against what? Against all constraints.

When you buy a jacket, it's important the pockets are big enough for a paperback!

Each country thinks its school is in a specific crisis, without ever linking the school's crisis to that of the society around it.

I master my doubts now. I have fun with them, they're my travelling companions.