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VISS - Caught Reading

2016 is the Year of Reading in the UAE. In support of this worthwhile initiative, we are sharing some of our favourite quotes on reading, as well as a snapshot of students at the Victoria International School of Sharjah who were ‘caught reading.’


Join us, as we continue to promote education in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. Send us photos and the title some of your favourite books to read; the name of the author(s) and an important message that you wish to share about that book. Email We’ll be happy to share it with our readers!


“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing habits, is good for him.” –Maya Angelou

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” – Author Unknown

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” – Alan Bennett

“In a good book the best is between the lines.” – Swedish Proverb

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron

“One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.” – Michael Cunningham

“I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.” – William Lyon Phelps

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky

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

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.” – J.K. Rowling

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