Thursday Thirteen Vol. 4

Thirteen Things about Serendipity

One of the greatest gift my mother ever gave me, aside from giving me life and giving me a good childhood, is the love of reading. It's one of the things I am thoroughly enjoying. I think life is much richer because of reading.

Here's thirteen quotes about reading. Feel free to agree and disagree.

1. Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
I've enjoyed reading books I'll never re-read. I disagree with Mr. Wilde here. Here's a few book that's enjoyable, but I probably won't re-read. Wally Lamb - SHE'S COME UNDONE, Kristin Hannah - BETWEEN FRIENDS, Mark Haddon - THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

2. Dr. Seuss (American Writer and Cartoonist best known for his collection of children's books. 1904-1991)
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
I'm with you Dr. Seuss!
Books: Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha

3. C.S. Lewis quotes (British Scholar and Novelist. 1898-1963)
We read to know we are not alone.
It sounds dramatic, but there are moments in my life, way back when I was a teen, which I could almost be sure that without a book, I'd surely be a most mi

4. Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman, 106 BC-43 BC) A
home without books is a body without soul.
Well, this is a little harsh. Didn't this person meet a very poor person before? So poor that as much as they love to have books, they have to buy food instead?

5. Aldous Huxley (English Novelist and Critic, 1894-1963)
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Witness all the self-help books available...and how some of them actually help some people.

6. Lily Tomlin (American Actress and Comedian. Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2003.b.1939)
If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.
Not well-viewed, but certainly well-entertained! I love my House, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Scrubs, CSI and other things I use to help me occupy when I don't feel like doing anything!

7. Elizabeth Hardwick ( 1916–, American literary critic, novelist, and short-story writer, b. Lexington, Ky.; grad Univ. of Kentucky (B.A., 1938; M.A., 1939).
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
Enough said. Well, except for the "cheap" part, as if you're of a slightly obsessive personality, a whole series of romantic fiction which I am addicted to, can be upwards of 100 bucks.

8. P. J. O'Rourke (American political commentator,Journalist, Writer and Humorist, b.1947)
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
This is like being told to wear underwear without tears because in case you get into an accident and someone sees your undies. I bet you've heard that one before too.

9. Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher, 1788-1860)
Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of one's own
So, is that bad? Or is it just eavesdropping?

10. E. M. Forster (English Novelist and Essayist, 1879-1970)
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
Hmm, very profound huh?

11. Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Historian and Essayist, leading figure in the Victorian era. 1795-1881)
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us
Oh boy, what will ever happened to Sci-fi, erotic fiction, and murder mystery fans?

12. Joseph Addison (English Essayist, Poet, Dramatist and Statesman, 1672-1719)
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
I agree!

13. Enrique Jardiel Poncela quotes (Spanish writer, 1901-1952)
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Oh yes! Yes! I hate having to work overtime when settling down with a book.


Lindsay said...

I am not much of a reader,though I do love reading!!! I just need to find some time!

My 13 is up!

metro mama said...

Great TT!

Ghost said...

I love to read. All of these quotes and your comments were an interesting read.

Have a Happy!

Threads Of Gold said...

I was in a bookstore with a friend yesterday and she commented that she gave her grandson books for his birthday and he just glanced at them and threw them down. I love books, I asked for books for every birthday/Christmas. I hope I'm able to pass that on to my future children.

Racy Li said...

Those are some great quotes! Actually my TT is the first 13 lines of a free short story I'm releasing tomorrow! :)

Anonymous said...

Great quotes. :) I love reading, and can definitely agree with some of those quotes (although, as you pointed out, some of them are off base!)

Thanks for sharing and happy TT. :)

Carmen said...

reading is one of my favorite pastimes.

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

Wonderful list really! You've done a good job there, both with the quotes and your comments - love it!

I tried to choose some of them as favorites, but I actually loved them so much all of them that it was impossible :-)

desert rat said...

Hmm, there are definitely books that I wouldn't read twice, but that I also don't regret reading. Some of them made me look at the world in a different way, even if it was disturbing. Kafka's "The Trial", for instance.

I definitely don't follow #8. I like to think everything I read is worth reading on some level, but not necessarily because it's deep or intellectual. Sometimes brain candy is comfort food, and fluffy stuff can be fun.

Anonymous said...

Great list and love the Dr. Suess quote as well.

Serendipity said...

desert rat, I agree with you on the brain candy. Even in brain candy, there's something learned...that recreational reading is good for the soul.

Chelle Y. said...

Those are some great quotes. I love books!

Simple American said...

Reading makes life more interesting.