"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one."
- from Terry Pratchett
"...the brain is like a muscle, and if you don't exercise it by reading and doing creative stuff, it'll get weak and mushy."
- from Jeff Kinney
"A book, too, can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."
- from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)
"Literature offers the thrill of minds of great clarity wrestling with the endless problems and delights of being human. To engage with them is to engage with oneself, and the lasting rewards are not confined to specific career paths."
- from Jonathan Stroud
"Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."
- from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)
"Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all."
- from Philip Pullman