182 Quotes About Books and Reading

February 15, 2016
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As a book lover, I love all things book related. And that includes quotes about books and reading. Therefore, I compiled a list of 182 quotes about books. I hope you enjoy the book quotes I share below, if you don’t see your favorite listed, please share it in the comments below!

Quotes about Books and Reading

1.) “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

2.) “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

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

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

5.) “Sleep is good, he said, And books are better.” ~ George R.R. Martin

6.) “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” ~ Margaret Fuller

7.) “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~ Joseph Addison

8.) “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

11.) “Reading… a vacation for the mind….” ~ Dave Barry

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

13.) “You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book.” ~ Sherry K. Plummer

14.) “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

15.) “Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.” ~ Jim Bishop

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

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

18.) “No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.” ~ Ezra Pound

19.) “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” ~Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

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

21.) “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” ~ John Adams

22.) “Reading gives one something to think about other than one’s self.” ~ Tom Bissell

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

24.) “The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.” ~ Thomas Wolfe

25.) “A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.” ~Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

26.) “Read to escape reality . . . Write to embrace it.” ~ Stephanie Connolly

27.) “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” ~ Elizabeth Hardwick

28.) “I did realize, as do you, how blessed I was to know bookjoy, the private pleasure of savoring text.”~ Pat Mora

29.) “Reading is dreaming with open eyes” ~ YoYo

30.) “When I get hold of a book I particularly admire, I am so enthusiastic that I loan it to someone who never brings it back.” ~ Edgar Watson Howe

31.) “A good reading strengthens the soul.” ~ Toba Beta

32.) “Books are absent teachers.” ~ Mortimer J. Adler

33.) “The best book is not one that informs merely, but one that stirs the reader up to inform himself.” ~ A.W. Tozer, Man The Dwelling Place Of God

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

35.) “Every book is judged by its cover until it is read.” Agatha Swanburne (penned by Maryrose Wood)

36.) “There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.” ~ Isaac D’Israeli

37.) “Reading makes me feel like I’ve lived a thousand lives in addition to my own.” ~ Arlaina Tibensky

38.)“You can’t enjoy art or books in a hurry.” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri

39.) “Reading a great work of literature can truly be likened to having a conversation with a great mind.” ~ Jennie Chancey

40.) “There’s no book that absolutely everyone loves.” ~ Carolyn Parkhurst

41.) “Books are like friends to me. Words come alive on the page.” ~ Beverly Lewis

42.) “Owning a book is a third of the goal. The others are actually reading it and applying it.” ~ Israel Wayne

43.) “Books are best preserved in the minds of readers.” ~ Kat Lowe, Dream Cat

44.) “Man is what he reads.” ~ Joseph Brodsky

45.) “Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J.W. Eagan

46.) “There is much to discover that’s not on the back cover!” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri

47.) “Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you” ~ President Barak Obama

48.) “Nothing can compare to the feeling evoked by turning the page in a great book.” ~ Aneta Cruz

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

50.) “When I’m reading, wherever I am, I’m always somewhere else.” ~ Rebecca Wells, Little Altars Everywhere

51.) “Even in the most stressed times there is always time for reading.” ~ Emilie and Stephanie

52.) “Read to lead in order to succeed.” ~ Habeeb Akande

53.) “I need to experience books, not just read them.” ~ Lauren Morrill, Meant to Be

54.) “I learned to write by reading the kind of books I wished I’d written.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

55.) “Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

56.) “There is no such thing as a bad book, I just like some books more than others…” ~ Chris Geiger

57.) “If you cannot judge a book by its cover, surely we should not judge an author by one book alone?” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri

58.) “Reading feeds the soul, writing nourishes it!” ~ J.C. McClean

59.) “Everyone should read, we say, but we act as if only those with special talent should write.” ~ Roy Peter Clark

60.) “Reading is food for the brain.” ~ Maribel C. Pagan

61.) “Who needs to go somewhere when you can read about it.” ~ Pseudonymous Bosch

62.) “When you read a great book, you don’t escape from life, you plunge deeper into it.” ~ Julian Barnes

63.) “Boredom is why God invented books.” ~ Julie Schumacher

64.) “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

65.) “Be awesome! Be a book nut!” ~ Dr. Seuss

66.) “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” ~ Louisa May Alcott


67.) “In my view, nineteen pounds of old books are at least nineteen times as delicious as one pound of fresh caviar.” ~ Anne Fadiman

68.) “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”~ Will Rogers

69.) “I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.” ~ Charles de Montesquieu

70.) “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” ~ Rene Descartes

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

72.) “A book worth reading is worth buying.” ~ John Ruskin

73.) “Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

75.) “Learn as much by writing as by reading.” ~ Lord Acton

76.) “If a book is well-written I always find it too short” ~ Jane Austen

77.) “He that loves reading has everything within his reach.” ~ William Godwin

78.) “There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.” ~ Josh Jameson

79.) “I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” ~ Harold Kushner

80.) “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

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

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

83.) “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” ~ Mark Twain

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

85.) “A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.” ~ Franz Kafka

86.) “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” ~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

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

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

89.) “It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little.” ~ Denis Parsons Burkitt

90.) “Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” ~ Edmund Burke

91.) “Reading will give you lasting pleasure.” ~ Former First Lady, Laura Bush

92.) “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” ~ Maud Casey

93.) “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

94.) “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” ~ Mortimer Adler

95.) “I cannot live without books.”~ Thomas Jefferson

96.) “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” ~ Chinese Proverb

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

98.) “Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.” ~ Charles Kingsley

99.) “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.” ~ Virginia Woolf

100.) “When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.” ~ Jean Fritz

101.) “When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

102.) “Words are the voice of the heart.” ~ Confucius

103.) “The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most.” ~ Theodore Parker

104.) “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

105.) “Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” ~ Austin Phelps

106.) “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” ~ James Russell Lowell

107.) “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” ~ E.P. Whipple

108.) “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” ~ Samuel Johnson

109.) “For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.” ~ Eudora Welty

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

111.) “That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.” ~ Amos Bronson Alcott

112.) “A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.” ~ W. H.Auden

113.) “Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.” ~ Professor Blackie

114.) “Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.” ~ Les Brown

115.) “A good title is the title of a successful book.” ~ Raymond Chandler

116.) “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Marcus T. Cicero

117.) “There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.” ~ Isaac Disraeli

118.) “A book that is shut is but a block.” ~ Thomas Fuller

119.) “Old books, you know well, are books of the world’s youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

120.) “The newest books are those that never grow old.” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

121.) “What is reading, but silent conversation.” ~ Walter Savage Landor

122.) “All books are either dreams or swords.” ~ Amy Lowell

123.) “Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ~ John Locke

124.) “The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.” ~ James Mccosh

125.) “No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.” ~ Ezra Pound

126.) “Reading the Scriptures is an uplifting experience.” ~ UnknownAugustine-Quote

127.) “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Augustine

128.) “My perfect reader doesn’t just read – he or she devours books.” ~Anthony Horowitz

129.) “You learn to write by reading, and my experiences and tastes as a reader are pretty wide.” ~ Justin Cronin

130.) “From the reader’s view, a poem is more demanding than prose.” ~ Mark Strand

131.) “You’re a reader as well as a writer, so write what you’d want to read.” ~ Cassandra Clare

132.) “We love books because they are the greatest escape. That is because our own minds eye is the purest form of virtual reality.” ~ M.R. Mathias

133.) “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ~ Robert Frost

134.) “One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.” ~ Amos Bronson Alcott

135.) “Tis the good reader that makes the good book.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

136.) “After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.” ~ Chinese proverb

137.) “A classic is a book which people praise and don’t read.” ~Mark Twain

138.) “Do not read good books–life is too short for that–read only the best.” ~ Ernest Dimnet

139.) “The first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone.” ~ Jonathan Franzen

140.) “If you believe everything you read, you better not read.” ~ Japanese proverb

141.) “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.” ~ John Adams

142.) “The poet can only write the poems; it takes the reader to complete the meaning.” ~ Nikki Giovanni

143.) “To read well is to prepare oneself to live wisely, kindly and wittily.” ~ Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

144.) “We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide.” ~ Marcus Fabius Quintilian

145.) “While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.” ~ Cyril Connolly

146.) “Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow…” ~ Lawrence Clark Powell

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

148.) “Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.” ~ Edward Gibbon

149.) “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

150.) “A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

151.) “A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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

153.) “As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other, you will find what is needful for you in a book.” ~ George Macdonald

154.) “Talking over the things which you have read with your companions fixes them on the mind.” ~ Isaac Watts

155.) “I don’t think of literature as an end in itself. It’s just a way of communicating something.” ~ Isabel Allende

156.) “A real book is not one that’s read, but one that reads us.” ~ W.H. Auden

157.) “All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

158.) “Books are islands in the ocean of time. They are also oases in the deserts of time.” ~ Lawrence Clark Powell

159.) “Reading books removes sorrows from the heart.” ~ Moroccan proverb

160.) “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.” ~ Christopher Morley

161.) “When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than was there before.” ~ Clifton Fadiman

162.) “A novel is a conversation between a reader and a writer.” ~ John Green

163.) “Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.” ~ Joseph Addison

164.) “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” ~ Diane Duane

165.) “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. And 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

166.) “I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style,park your own car out front. My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with…..” ~ Karen Marie Moning

167.) “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

168.) “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

169.) “Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend.” ~ William Feather

170.) “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

171.) “There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t.” ~ Gail Carson Levine

172.) “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

173.) “We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away–our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books–they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.” ~ Libba Bray

174.) “Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.” ~ Angela Carter

175.) “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” ~ C.S. Lewis

176.) “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 There is something wonderful about a book. Gordon B. Hinckley

177.) “There is something wonderful about a book. We can pick it up. We can heft it. We can read it. We can set it down. We can think of what we have read. It does something for us. We can share great minds, great actions, and great undertakings in the pages of a book.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley

178.) “It was a joy! Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.” ~ Charles Bukowski

179.) “Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.” ~ Marcel Proust

180.) “I think reading is a gift. It was a gift that was given to me as a child by many people, and now as an adult and a writer, I’m trying to give a little of it back to others. It’s one of the greatest pleasures I know.” ~ Ann M. Martin

181.) “Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.” ~ Joseph Joubert

182.) “Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets to the end of the chapter, he or she must turn one more page.” ~ Sidney Sheldon

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