I love to read. I also love to have what I read filed. That’s what fills my files with quotes for each week’s “Soul Food for Friday.” They are souvenirs from books I read, more like gems of treasure that I desire to share with others. May these quotes stir up your thirst for reading and if you find any gems along the way, share them with the rest of us!
“I love to read. I remember hearing that the average author takes two years to write a book. So when I read a book, I feel like I am getting two years of life experiences.” — Mark Batterson
“One way a speaker develops his skills is by reading a lot. As we read, we learn, we interact with the author’s thinking and we’re stimulated to think for ourselves. Reading develops a mind that needs constant challenge.” — R. Larry Moyer
“Never feel guilty about reading, it’s what you do to do your job.” — William Safire to a budding writer
“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” — Edmund Burke
“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity, and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” — Robertson Davies“As we read spiritually about spiritual things, we open our hearts to God’s voice. Sometimes we must be willing to put down the book we are reading and just listen to what God is saying to us through our words.” — Henri Nouwen
“Try this experiment. Set aside 15 minutes a day to read a book. Now calculate how many books that becomes in a year? Two dozen. How many books in a lifetime? One thousand — or five times what you read in college.” — Len Sweet
“A good books is like an unreachable itch. You just can’t leave it alone.” — Laura Bush
“Ministers must read. We are required to read not as a luxury but as a necessity.” — Haddon Robinson
“Life is too short to read inferior books.” — James Bryce
“A monastery without a library is like a castle without an armory.” — A monk in Normandy, 1170 A.D.
“You are the same today as you’re going to be in five years except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlies “Tremendous” Jones
“Read no history: read nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.” — Benjamin Disraeli
“Do not read to satisfy curiosity or to pass the time, but study such things as move your heart to devotion.” — Thomas a Kempis
“There is a good saying to the effect that when a new book appears, one should read an old one.” — Winston Churchill
“Nothing ever invented can you a bigger life than a book.” — David McCullough
“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” — Henry David Thoreau
“The person who can read and doesn’t has no advantage over the person who can’t read.” — Unknown Sourc
“You can’t be overbooked, only under-read.” — John Drybred
“Americans spend more on beer than they do on books. No wonder their stomachs are bigger than their brains.” — Rick Warren
“People cannot become truly knowledgeable without being excellent readers.” — Bill Gates
“Either read or get out of the ministry.” — John Wesley
“He who reads is never alone.” — Helder Simone
“The way a book is read — which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book — can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.” — Norman Cousins
“Tis the good read that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until is discovered by an equal mind and heart.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A leader is a reader.” — John Maxwell / Rick Warren / Bill Hybels and if it’s a petition you can add Richard Burkey in agreement as well.
I read to not only be a better leader, but to be a better person, to be who God made me to be. What are you reading now that is feeding your soul?