Reading is seeing by proxy.
We must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.
Tell me what you are reading and I will tell you who you are.
Reading is a technology for perspective-taking. When someone else's thoughts are in your head, you are observing the world from that person's vantage point.
All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books.
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.