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Charles Scribner, Jr.

Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own.

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Always do sober what you said you'd do when you were drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut!

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Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life.

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Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language.

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