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

Daniel Pennac

Daniel Pennac

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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

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.

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

The question isn't whether I have time to read or not (time that nobody will ever give me, by the way), but whether I'll allow myself the pleasure of being a reader.

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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