„There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.“

Misattributed

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Иосиф Александрович Бродский199
российский и американский поэт, лауреат Нобелевской премии … 1940 - 1996

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„There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

Actually a statement by Joseph Brodsky, as quoted in The Balancing Act : Mastering the Competing Demands of Leadership (1996) by Kerry Patterson, p. 437.
However, compare to the similar Bradbury quotes from 1993 (Seattle Times) and 2000 (Peoria Journal) above.
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„You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.“

—  Ray Bradbury, книга Рэй Брэдбери

As quoted in "Bradbury Still Believes in Heat of ‘Fahrenheit 451’" http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930312&slug=1689996, interview by Misha Berson, in ', credited to "Ray Bradbury, quoted by Misha Berson in Seattle Times", in "Quotable Quotes", The Reader's Digest, Vol. 144, No. 861, January 1994, p. 25 http://books.google.com/books?output=html&id=ZqqUAAAAIAAJ&q=%22people+to+stop+reading%22#search_anchor), or an indirect reference to the re-quoting in Reader's Digest (such as: The Times Book of Quotations (Philip Howard, ed.), 2000, Times Books and HarperCollins, p. 93
Variant: We're not teaching kids to read and write and think. … There's no reason to burn books if you don't read them.
As quoted in "At 80, Ray Bradbury Still Fighting the Future He Foresaw" http://www.raybradbury.com/articles_peoria.html, interview by Roger Moore, in The Peoria Journal Star (August 2000)
Контексте: The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Look at the magazines, the newspapers around us – it's all junk, all trash, tidbits of news. The average TV ad has 120 images a minute. Everything just falls off your mind. … You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

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—  Mortimer J. Adler American philosopher and educator 1902 - 2001

Источник: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

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—  John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916

Источник: Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), pp. 11-12
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—  Arthur Schopenhauer, книга Parerga and Paralipomena

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—  Louisa May Alcott American novelist 1832 - 1888

Вариант: Some stories are so familiar its like going home.

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