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  •  Thanks for the enjoyable post. I never used to go (11+ / 0-)

    anywhere without at least one book.  Now I never go anywhere without my kindle fire; I have magazines and blogs at my fingertips as well as whatever book I'm in the mood to read.

    I was the nerd reading under the bleachers during lunch break at school. When asked why I was always reading something, I would reply, "Because I can." I always wanted to ask back, "Why aren't you?"

     Then I read that Mark Twain said: "Those who don't read are no better off than those who can't." And I thought, aha perfect comeback.  But I only thought it because my momma raised me better.  

    "Think before you speak," she told me. "Read before you think," adds Fran Liebowitz.

    My next favorite readers quote was: "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."  Jane Austen

    One of the myriad pleasures of reading is finding, remembering and using great quotes. I'm always on the lookout for a new one, but there's one I learned a long time ago that brings me full circle to your post:

    "A room without books is like a body without a soul." Marcus Tullus Cicero

    "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

    by citylights on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 03:26:43 PM PST

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