Top 45 Literate Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Literate Quotes from famous people such as Said Sayrafiezadeh, Katie Holmes, Tony Buzan, June Lockhart, Neil Gaiman, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

The difference between our family and other poor famili

The difference between our family and other poor families was that my mother actively chose to be poor. She was highly literate, and she had a college degree, but after my father left, she took the first secretarial job she could find and never looked for other employment again.
Said Sayrafiezadeh
I’m not computer literate. I e-mail. I know how to get on the Web, but I haven’t crossed over into the internet world. I’m old-fashioned, I guess.
Katie Holmes
I’m delighted the world is becoming more mentally literate. A few decades ago, if you mentioned the word ‘brain,’ no one was interested. Now, nearly every magazine on the planet is featuring the brain. One of my original goals, on one level, was to make myself unnecessary.
Tony Buzan
I guess the producers saw me and knew I was literate and I always tried to be alert and it’s funny because you have to have a sharpness to do those shows, especially some of the ones I did in later years.
June Lockhart
The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity.
Neil Gaiman
I moved from current affairs to daily news over the Asia crisis of 1998 – mainly because the news agenda demanded I become economically literate.
Emily Maitlis
Years and years ago, I did a game based on ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ with a company called Infocom, which was a great company. They were doing witty, intelligent, literate games based on text.
Douglas Adams
You can’t have people making decisions about the future of the world who are scientifically illiterate. That’s a recipe for disaster. And I don’t mean just whether a politician is scientifically literate, but people who vote politicians into office.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
We know that literate people are more likely than others to participate in their societies’ democratic institutions and that the risk of war drops as more of a country’s citizens receive a secondary education.
Julia Gillard
Whatever the reasons may be, I was very much affected by events of the 1930s – the Spanish Civil War, for example, though I was barely literate.
Noam Chomsky
I’m very literate on policy. I’m very literate on the issues, and I’m an American first. I’ve been involved in politics long before I was an actress. I just happen to have a platform now. I just happen to have a voice.
Eva Longoria
The rise to prominence of the Saudi novel in Arabic is the great man-bites-dog of recent world literature. Saudi Arabia is a country without a free press, where European styles and forms are distrusted and where the female half of the population became literate only in this generation.
James Buchan
You have to be literate in today’s world. We’re not going to get away with not teaching boys to read.
Christina Hoff Sommers
I came out of my professional athlete career with a 450 credit score, no money in the bank to show for it, but I had an Ivy League degree. So I put that Dartmouth degree to good use and got a job on Wall Street. I hated it but used the time to make connections and become financially literate.
Brian J. White
All literary men are Red Sox fans – to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
John Cheever
For me, ‘Moby-Dick’ is more than the greatest American novel ever written; it is a metaphysical survival manual – the best guidebook there is for a literate man or woman facing an impenetrable unknown: the future of civilization in this storm-tossed 21st century.
Nathaniel Philbrick
My mother was a very literate person who had educated herself. She had an exceptional vocabulary.
Lynn Johnston
Being the family’s literate one, my wife doesn’t watch television much, preferring third-world novels, though she’ll sit in now and then when I have on Jon Stewart.
Steve Erickson
A literate, skilled workforce is essential for low-income countries to attract investment and fill jobs with local rather than imported labour.
Julia Gillard
To paint comic books as childish and illiterate is lazy. A lot of comic books are very literate – unlike most films.
Alan Moore
You have people who believe they are scientifically literate but, in fact, are not. And I don’t mind if you’re not scientifically literate, but just admit that to yourself, so that you’ll know, and perhaps you can take a first step to try to eradicate that.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Is it possible that Jesus, unlike 98 percent of his fellow Jews, was literate and educated? Yes, it’s possible.
Reza Aslan
There’s definitely a value in being literate.
Chris Van Allsburg
To many book professionals, Amazon is a ruthless predator. The company claims to want a more literate world – and it came along when the book world was in distress, offering a vital new source of sales.
George Packer
But to this day – I’m very literate now, I love to read, I read constantly – words don’t resonate the way they do to a person with a formal education. They’re like a maze, a puzzle that has to be opened up.
Lance Henriksen
After we become literate, we literally ‘think differently’ about language: images of brain activation between literate and nonliterate humans bear this out.
Maryanne Wolf
The Vikings certainly didn’t write anything about themselves; it was not a literate, but rather a pagan, culture. So what we get was written later by Christian monks. But there were occasional reportings and recordings of people who had traded usually with the Vikings.
Michael Hirst
I am not at all computer literate in real life. I haven’t yet found a reason to be. Once I find a reason why I need to be on the Internet, then I will be.
John Travolta
Likewise, there is no evidence that texting teaches people to spell badly: rather, research shows that those kids who text frequently are more likely to be the most literate and the best spellers, because you have to know how to manipulate language.
David Crystal
I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
Robertson Davies
Intersectionality is not easy. It’s not as though the existing frameworks that we have – from our culture, our politics, or our law – automatically lead people to being conversant and literate in intersectionality.
Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
The novel has always been a contradictory form. Here is

The novel has always been a contradictory form. Here is a long form narrative mainly read originally by consumers who were only newly literate or limited in their literacy. The novel ranked below poetry, essay and history in prestige for a long time.
Matthew Pearl
People don’t know the past, even though we live in literate societies, because they don’t trust the sources of the past.
Daniel Pauly
I am quite unsatisfied by the distinctions between the oral and literate.
David Antin
I think my grandmother Woodrell was most responsible for my becoming a writer. She wasn’t quite literate, but was very proud that she attended school as far as the third grade. She worked as a maid, housekeeper and cook.
Daniel Woodrell
A democracy depends on its people, the literate and the well read.
Dev Anand
The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.
Naguib Mahfouz
I think more tolerance, more people having more access to a chance to be literate, and a chance to stay healthy makes for a more peaceful planet.
Henry Rollins
I think I’m statistically literate and numbers-oriented. But I’m nowhere near as sophisticated as a lot of other folks I see. Maybe that helps me not get too jargony and communicate this stuff in a way that’s somewhat accessible.
Steve Kornacki
I want a part where I can use my own hair, my own voice, and maybe even be literate.
Judy Holliday
Mv mother was so literate and literary.
Dana Reeve
My father also happened to be an intellectual, as learned, literate, informed, and curious as anyone I have known. Unobtrusively and casually, he was my wise and gentle teacher.
James Tobin
I always prided myself on at least trying to be literate and use the right words, and if the audience didn’t get it, then they could go home and look it up.
Tom Lehrer
The readership of Victorian novels, when they were published, was much less diverse. People were probably white, and had enough money to be literate. Very often, there are phrases in Italian, German and French that are left untranslated.
Eleanor Catton
If you’re lucky enough to have 70 years of literate adulthood, and if you read one book every week, you’re still only going to get to 3,640 books.
Anthony Doerr