A Few Quotations on Reading

Excellent quotations on reading from Charles French.

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“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”




“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

                                                                    Frederick Douglass



“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

                                                          Jacqueline Kennedy

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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20 Responses to A Few Quotations on Reading

  1. Opher says:

    I like quotes on reading!

  2. beetleypete says:

    Nice quotes from Charles as always.
    Thanks, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Steve Fitzkee says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of reading both of Charles’ fine novels – they are excellent reads!

    Steve (the Raccoon and Spider guy…)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I think the realization that slaves were forbidden to read tells us how liberating reading really can be.

    • Jennie says:

      Elizabeth, it was more than slaves who were forbidden to read. It was also women. My great grandmother was the youngest of seven, on the farm in Orange County, VA. Her father was a major in the Confederate Army. They were a well to do family. There was a tutor for the boys, but not for the girls. So, Gran (as my mother called her) sneaked in to listen to the lessons so she could learn to read. I love that family story! And Gran did very well in her life. Here’s to reading!!

      • I like the quotes!

        I understand that women have been, at many times and in many countries, discouraged from reading, but is there anytime where reading has been banned or illegal, like it was for slaves?

      • Jennie says:

        The first thing that comes to mind is Hitler ordering burning all the books in Nazi Germany in WWII. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other times. Pretty sad.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I was unaware of that. My New England forebears treasured education for boys and girls. Two of my great-great aunts went to Mt. Holyoke as soon as it opened.

      • Jennie says:

        New Englanders definitely treasured education for all. It wasn’t the same in the south. Things did change after the Civil War, thank goodness.

  5. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you!

  6. jilldennison says:

    I love these quotes, but the first one by Confucius, reminds me that I made a promise to myself back in June to set aside one full hour each day for reading, and that’s a promise I’ve broken more often than I’ve kept. My blog keeps me busy 12-14 hours a day, and then there’s house chores and cooking, and at the end of the day, I find I’ve made no time for me. Thanks to both you and Charles for reminding me!

  7. Marvelous quotes, Jennie. I enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing Charles’ books too. Hugs to you both.

  8. Lovely selection of quotes.

    “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance,”

    I have seen that quote a few times – and it always jarred me because reading wasn’t so common in Confucius’ time. It turns out that it was actually Atwood H. Townsend, editor of Good Reading, who said it (but is very often misattributed).

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