"I had just taken to reading. I had just discovered the art of leaving my body to sit impassive in a crumpled up attitude in a chair or sofa, while I wandered over the hills and far away in novel company and new scenes... My world began to expand very rapidly,…the reading habit had got me securely."
- H. G. Wells
"The real origin of science fiction lay in the seventeenth-century novels of exploration in fabulous lands. Therefore Jules Verne's story of travel to the moon is not science fiction because they go by rocket but because of where they go. It would be as much science fiction if they went by rubber band."
- Philip K. Dick
"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life."
- W. Somerset Maugham
"A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind."
- Issac Bashevis Singer
"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young."
- Maya Angelou
"The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page."
"Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty."
-George Bernard Shaw
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all."
- Henry David Thoreau