Books & Reading Quotes

Many of us have fond memories of books that have influenced us, and now that we’ve discovered the deep impact that reading the perfect book at the right moment can have, reading some book quotations is the next best thing.

Books have the ability to transport us to new places and times, but they can also take us back in time returning to pivotal occasions in our own life From improving your vocabulary to lowering stress, preventing age-related cognitive decline, and more, there’s something for everyone.

Reading books is a simple method to look after your intellect and increase your ability to empathize. If you’re running out of ideas, Whether you’re a voracious reader or wish you had more time to read, we hope you enjoy these books and reading quotes!

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – 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, The History Boys


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


I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most. ___ Margaret Atwood


Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. ___Sir Francis Bacon


A word after a word after a word is power. ___Margaret Atwood


Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers. ___Steven Spielberg


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


She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. ___Annie Dillard


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


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


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


Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. ___ Jim Rohn


If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. ___Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


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


My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. ___ Edith Sitwell


Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. ___Kate DiCamillo


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


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—even browsing—an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. ___James Gleick


We read to know we’re not alone. ___ William Nicholson


Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work. ___Khaled Hosseini


No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. ___Mary Wortley Montagu


The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. ___Rene Descartes


A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. ___Abraham Lincoln


People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. ___Logan Pearsall Smith


Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. ___William Styron


The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. ___Ursula K. LeGuin


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


The world was hers for the reading. ___Betty Smith


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


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


No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. ___Robert Frost


Think before you speak. Read before you think. ___ Fran Lebowitz


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


A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting. ___Walter Mosley


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


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


Reading means borrowing. ___Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. 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


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


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


Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading. ___Rainer Maria Rilke


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


I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book. ___J.K. Rowling


Wear the old coat and buy the new book. ___Austin Phelps


The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. ___George Orwell, 1984


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


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


A book is a dream you hold in your hands. ___Neil Gaiman


Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. ___Diane Duane


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


Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home. ___ Anna Quindlen


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


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


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


I guess there are never enough books. ___John Steinbeck


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


Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. ___Anne Herbert


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


A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read. ___Terry Pratchett


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


Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. ___Lemony Snicket


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


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


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


I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. ___Jorge Luis Borges


I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books. ___Gary Paulsen


Happiness. That’s what books smell like. Happiness. That’s why I always wanted to have a book shop. What better life than to trade in happiness? ___Saran MacLean


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 are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. ___Stephen Fry


Quotes About Reading

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. ___Annie Proulx


Reading brings us, unknown friends. ___Honore de Belzac


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


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


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ___Dr Seuss


Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. ___Malorie Blackman


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


Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. ___Napoleon Bonaparte


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


Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. __Joseph Addison


Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. ___Mary Schmich


Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. ___Harper Lee


Let others pride themselves on how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read. ___Jorge Luis Borges


′Classic′ – a book that people praise and don’t read. ____Mark Twain


Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. ____George R.R. Martin


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


Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. ___Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Novel


The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night. __sabel Allende


Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore___dorn


Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore. ___ Thea Dorn


If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. ___J.K. Rowling


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


When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. ___Erasmus


Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. ___Dr. Seuss


That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. ___Jhumpa Lahiri


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


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


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


I love the smell of book ink in the morning. ___Umberto Eco


Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. ___Bill Patterson


It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially. ___Donna Tartt, The Secret History


Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. ___Neil Gaiman


Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? ____Henry Ward Beecher


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


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


There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. ___Walt Disney


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


Books are uniquely portable magic. ___Stephen King


The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries. ___Kurt Vonnegut


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 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


You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ____CS Lewis


Books were my pass to personal freedom. ___Oprah Winfrey


No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. ___Elizabeth Barrett Browning


A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. ___David Mitchell


If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads. ____Francois Mauriac


Some of these things are true and some of them lie. But they are all good stories. ___Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

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