Some Bookish Quotes

Some quotes about reading:

I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.
Charles de Montesquieu

Read in order to live.
Henry Fielding

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
Mark Twain

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.
Arthur Schopenhauer

I thought the last quote doesn’t exactly promote the habit of reading, yet it does provide some food for thought.

Some quotes about language:

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Thomas Hardy

Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespeare and Milton and The Bible; and don’t sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon.
George Bernard Shaw

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Dec 01, 2007 @ 08:52:24

    “It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
    Thomas Hardy”

    Me no agree at all. Language itself is neutral, it’s the users. Sure there might be some gender discriminatory terms (according to the darn feminists) such as his-tory (rather than herstory), chairman, handyman … etc. Still I believe it’s the usage and stereotypes tagged to them. Just like nurse and secretary.

    nylusmilk: i don’t agree either, but i thought it was interesting; wonder why did he feel that way? perhaps english back then was more masculine? haha… for what it’s worth, i think i can express myself as a girl quite well enough in english!

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