Posted by: a2cristina | February 19, 2019

Quotes from favous writers on READING – Multiple choice Cloze Test


Any truly great writer also needs to be a voracious reader. Your favourite author probably has a list of favourite authors who also have a list of favourite authors and so on.

It therefore translates that a successful author would have something fascinating to share about the art of reading. We’ve put together 40 of the greatest quotes from some of our favourite writers.

JD Salinger

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all 0) __________ reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

Stephen King

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no 1) __________, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

Margaret Atwood

“Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will 2) __________ be no older ones. Not only will literacy be dead, but democracy – which many believe goes hand in hand with it – will be dead as well.”
Ray Bradbury

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

Harper Lee

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love 3) __________.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

Hilary Mantel

“Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations”

Roald Dahl

“Books shouldn’t be 4) __________, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

Franz Kafka

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that 5) __________ or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for?

Neil Gaiman

“The simplest way to make sure that we 6) __________ literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity”


Maya Angelou


“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to 7) __________ a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

Victor Hugo

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a 8) __________.”


Ian McEwan

“Perhaps the greatest reading pleasure has an element of self-annihilation. To be so 9) __________ that you barely know you exist.”

George Orwell


“And if our book 10) __________ remains as low as it has been, at least let us admit that it is because reading is a less exciting pastime than going to the pictures or the pub, and not because books, whether bought or borrowed, are too expensive.”

George R.R. Martin

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”


Adapted from:




    1. a. carried out b. done                      c. ended                    d. terminated
    2. a. advertising b. announcements                                     c. billboards       d. commercials
    3. a. at once b. by and large        c. rightaway            d. shortly
    4. a. breathing b. humming              c. snoring                  d. yapping
    5. a. awesome b. daunting               c. emboldening      d. stimulating
    6. a. grief b. injury                     c. lesion                     d. wound
    7. a. breed b. produce                c. raise                        d. rise
    8. a. beat b. gain                         c. obtain                    d. win
    9. a. bang b. drip                         c. screech                  d. spark
  1. a. absent-minded b. daydreaming      c. engrossed            d. head in the clouds
  2. a. consumption b. imbibing                c. ingestion               d. intake





  5. WOUND
  6. RAISE
  7. GAIN
  8. SPARK

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