I don’t think anything has been more foundational to my knowledge, goals, awareness of the world, aspirations, achievements, personal character, and individual ideas about what life is and how to approach it, than the simple fact that I never stopped reading as a child.
I was blessed with a family that actively encouraged me to read, as well as extended family and friends who read to me, gave me books freely, and in other ways stoked the fires of imagination. I firmly believe that the best thing anyone and do for him or herself, no matter at what age or station in life, is to always have a book in progress.
The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t.
I also like:
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.