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The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett

Top 10 Best Quotes

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”

“Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.”

“You don't put your life into your books, you find it there.”

“The appeal of reading, she thought, lay in its indifference: there was something undeferring about literature. Books did not care who was reading them or whether one read them or not. All readers were equal, herself included. Literature, she thought, is a commonwealth; letters a republic.”

“The days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

“Above literature?' said the Queen. 'Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity.”

“[B]riefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.”

“Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.”

“One reads for is not a public duty.”

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