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250 Inspiring Quotes About Reading & Books

The Best Quotes About Reading

From building your vocabulary to reducing stress, preventing age-related cognitive decline and increasing your ability to empathize, reading is an easy way to look after your mind and body. Though many of us live busy lives, it’s important to find the time to read. Research has shown that reading books is good for your physical and mental health.

If you’re here, I’m guessing you’re fond of books, the reading life, and especially reading quotes. Read on to see the many insightful, witty, and motivating things that have been said about reading by authors, poets, scientists, artists, visionaries and even comedians. Please bookmark these quotes about reading.

The 250 Best Quotes About Reading

Top 10 Reading Quotes

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – President Harry Truman

“Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education.” – Donalyn Miller

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo

“We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.” – Henry Miller

“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 gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou

“Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book! A message to us from the dead, – from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers.” – Charles Kingsley

“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

“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have.” – Lloyd Alexander

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” – Oprah Winfrey

“For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” – Audrey Hepburn

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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” – Joyce Carol Oates

“Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.” – President Barack Obama

“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” – Roberto Bolaño

“Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.” – Italo Calvino

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.” – Nora Ephron

“Reading is departure and arrival.” – Terri Guillemets

“Reading is an intelligent way of not having to think.” – Walter Moers

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” – Malorie Blackman

“Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.” – Khaled Hosseini

“Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.” – Ben Okri

“Reading is a gift. It’s something you can do almost anytime and anywhere. It can be a tremendous way to learn, relax, and even escape.” – Richard Carlson

“Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them.” – George Saunders

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” – Mary Schmich

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” – Mortimer J. Adler

“Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.” – Anne Brontë

“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” – Mark Haddon

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

“Reading means borrowing.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.” – Christian Bauman

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.” – Paul Auster

“Reading… a vacation for the mind… ” – Dave Barry

“Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.” – William Styron

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” – Nora Ephron

Famous Reading Quotes

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“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

“Reading for me, is spending time with a friend.” – Gary Paulsen

“Literature is my Utopia” – Helen Keller

“A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.” – Montesquieu

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” – Oscar Wilde

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

“Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” – Boris Pasternak

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.” – Steven Spielberg

“Read. As much as you can. As deeply and widely and nourishingly and ­irritatingly as you can. And the good things will make you remember them, so you won’t need to take notes.” – A.L. Kennedy

“Read. Read anything. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.” – Neil Gaiman

“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoléon Bonaparte

“The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein

“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” – Benjamin Franklin

Reading Book Quotes

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

“You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.” – John Waters

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

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

“With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.” – Haruki Murakami

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher

“When you lose yourself in a book the hours grow wings and fly.” – Chloe Thurlow

“When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue, you give him the possibility of a whole new world.” – Christopher Marley

“When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.” – Jules Renard

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done 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.” – J.D. Salinger

“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?” – Sherman Alexie

“What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps

“We live for books.” – Umberto Eco

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: We need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” – Philip Pullman

“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.” – Jules Verne

“These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” – Roald Dahl

“There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away.” – Emily Dickinson

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

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

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” – Joseph Joubert

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” – René Descartes

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” – Mark Twain

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” – Roald Dahl

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.” – George Orwell

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

“Take a good book to bed with yo.” – books do not snore.” – Thea Dorn

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.” – Albert Einstein

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” – Sir Francis Bacon

“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” – Louisa May Alcott

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” – Roald Dahl, Matilda

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” – George R.R. Martin

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Reading—even browsing—an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search.” – James Gleick

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” – Diane Duane

“Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.” – R.L. Stine

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” – Lisa See

“Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth re-reading.” – Susan Sontag

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” – Bill Watterson

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

“One of the many gifts that books give readers is a connection to each other. When we share an affection for a writer, an author or a story, we also have a better understanding of people unlike ourselves. Books cultivate empathy.” – Sarah Jessica Parker

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” – Louis L’Amour

“No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson

“No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equall.” – and often far mor.” – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” – C.S. Lewis

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

“Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” – Holbrook Jackson

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” – Malcolm X

“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” – Alberto Manguel

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” – Jane Smiley

“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” – Ezra Pound

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

“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.” – David Levithan

“Literature is the safe and traditional vehicle through which we learn about the world and pass on values from one generation to the next. Books save lives.” – Laurie Anderson

“It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of other.” – even my nearest and deares.” – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.” – Maureen Corrigan

“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” – John Waters

“It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.” – Donna Tartt, The Secret History

“It is both relaxing and invigorating to occasionally set aside the worries of life, seek the company of a friendly book… from the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” – C.S. Lewis

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.” – Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” – Anna Quindlen

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami

“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” – Beverly Cleary​

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl

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

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” – Toni Morrison

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” – Jane Austen

“I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.” – Wisława Szymborska

“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamuk

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” – Gary Paulsen

“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.” – Ruta Sepetys

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“I have challenged myself that I will read thousands of books and I will empower myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.” – Malala Yousafzai

“I guess there are never enough books.” – John Steinbeck

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

“I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author.” – Elbert Hubbard

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” – C.S. Lewis

“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.” – Virginia Woolf

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Have books ‘happened’ to you? Unless your answer to that question is ‘yes,’ I’m unsure how to talk to you.” – Haruki Murakami

“Happiness. That’s what books smells like. Happiness. That’s why I always wanted to have a book shop. What better life than to trade in happiness?” – Saran MacLean

“Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader, than the first book that finds its way to his heart.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.” – Alberto Manguel

“Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.” – Voltaire

“Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map.” – Stephen King

“Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

“Books were my pass to personal freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree?” – Christopher Paolini

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

“Books may well be the only true magic.” – Alice Hoffman

“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them.” – Lloyd Alexander

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” – Helen Exley

“Books break the shackles of tim.” – proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan

“Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time.” – Nick Hornby

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Books are not about passing time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it.” – Alan Bennett

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” – Stephen Fry

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are peopl.” – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” – E.B. White

“Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” – Virginia Woolf, Street Haunting

“Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread.” – Henry Stevens

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

“Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.” – Toni Morrison

“Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” – Jeanette Winterson

“Beware of the person of one book.” – Thomas Aquinas

“As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and re-read, the book of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Arthur Conan Doyle “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own”

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“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you are finished reading one, you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” – Jacqueline Kelly

“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” – Robertson Davies

“A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a shelf; and, decades after we have read it even twenty times, it can open us up, by cut or caress, to a new truth.” – Andre Dubus

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

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

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.” – Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” – Terry Pratchett

“A good book is an event in my life.” – Stendhal

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” – Italo Calvino

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” – Salman Rushdie

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” – Charles Baudelaire

“A book is a dream you hold in your hands.” – Neil Gaiman

“′Classic.” – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain

“’Books are like oxygen to a deep-sea diver,’ she had once said. ‘Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles.’” – Alan Bradley

“‘Classic.” – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain

“From the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

Reading Habit Quotes

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“Reading brings us unknown friends” – Honoré de Balzac

“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.” – John Berger, Keeping a Rendezvous

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.” – Isabel Allende

“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.” – Voltaire

“And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life.” – David McCullough Jr.

“I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.” – Patrick Rothfuss

“The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” – Malcolm X

“The best moments in reading are when you come across somethin.” – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at thing.” – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” – Alan Bennett

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz

“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.” – Anna Quindlen

Love Of Reading Quotes

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“My life is a reading list.” – John Irving

“You can never be wise unless you love reading.” – Samuel Johnson

“What a blessing it is to love books as I love them; to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!” – Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee

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

“The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl

“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen

“More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.” – Helen Keller

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound 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? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.” – Franz Kafka

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” – William Faulkner

“I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet.” – Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451

“I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go…” – Sharon Creech

“I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else’s story, the delicious ache of a last page.” – Naomi Shihab Nye

“I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” – Umberto Eco

“I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideas. I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.” – Nnedi Okorafor

“I couldn’t live a week without a private librar.” – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.” – H.P. Lovecraft

“He that loves reading has everything within his reach.” – William Godwin

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.” – Arnold Lobel

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” – David Mitchell

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.” – Margaret Atwood

“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough… the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” – John Adams

“It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” – S.I. Hayakawa

“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.” – Edith Sitwell

“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.” – Mary Wortley Montagu

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

“Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” – Ruth Rendell

“That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.” – Aphra Behn

“The world belongs to those who read.” – Rick Holland

“This week I’ve been reading a lot and doing little work. That’s the way things ought to be. That’s surely the road to success.” – Anne Frank

Motivational Reading Quotes

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“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” – Anne Herbert

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

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke

“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.” – Harold Bloom

“Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.” – Roxane Gay

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: They feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea.” – Anne Lamott

Importance Of Reading Quotes

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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

“When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, setting aside being president…the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels.” – President Barack Obama

“What isn’t said is as important as what is said.” – Colson Whitehead

“The importance of reading, for me, is that it allows you to dream. Reading not only educates, but is relaxing and allows you to feed your imaginatio.” – creating beautiful pictures from carefully chosen words.” – Eric Ripert

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Jean Rhys

“Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.” – Barack Obama

“Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.” – Ann Patchett

“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.” – Lemony Snicket

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King

“I’m reading so much and exposing myself to so many new ideas. It almost feels like the chemistry and the structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes.” – Emma Watson

“To know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know a man’s mind.” – Geraldine Brooks

Funny Reading Quotes

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“A good short story would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” – David Sedaris

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” – Lisa Kleypas

“An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.” – Thomas Wharton

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.” – François Mauriac

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” – Saul Bellow

“There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat.” – E. Nesbit

“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

Reading Quotes For Kids

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“I wouldn’t be a songwriter if it wasn’t for books that I loved as a kid. I think that when you can escape into a book it trains your imagination to think big and to think that more can exist than what you see.” – Taylor Swift

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” – Roald Dahl

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” – Gustave Flaubert

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” – Betty Smith

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo

“You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.” – Strickland Gillilan

Reading Quotes For Teachers

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“Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” – Annie Proulx

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

Dr Seuss Reading Quotes

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss​​

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr Seuss

Jk Rowling Reading Quotes

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“In an interview with Scholastic, the best-selling author of the Harry Potter series said, “Wherever I am, if I’ve got that book with me, I’ve got a place I can go and be happy.” – J.K. Rowling

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling

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