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

Daniel Pennac

Daniel Pennac

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The children became their reciprocal angels: readers.

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

Rather than allowing a book's intelligence to speak through our mouths, we replace it with our own intelligence as we talk about it. Rather than acting as emissary for the book, we become guardians of the temple, boasting of its wonders in the very words that slam shut it's doors: Reading matters! Reading matters!

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

The paradoxical virtue of reading lies in distancing ourselves from the world so that we may make sense of it.

A well-chosen book saves you from everything, including yourself.

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.

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