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.

Daniel Pennac

Daniel Pennac

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

The children became their reciprocal angels: readers.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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