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Many of us have special memories of the books that have inspired us, and have learned the profound effect that reading the right book can have at the right moment. If you’re short on time, reading some quotes about books is the next best thing.

Books have the power to transport us to new worlds and different times , but they can also take us back to the important moments in our own lives.

From building your vocabulary to reducing stress, preventing age-related cognitive decline and increasing your ability to empathize, reading books is an easy way to look after your mind and body.

Whether you’re an avid reader or wish you read more, we hope you enjoy these quotes about books and reading!

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Quotes About Books

Cicero quote "A room without books is like a body without a soul"

′Classic′ – a book which 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. Isabel Allende

Thea Dorn quote "Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore"

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

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

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 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

Henry Ward Beecher quote "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"

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

Stephen King quote "Books are a uniquely portable magic"

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

CS Lewis quote "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me"

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 lies. But they are all good stories. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. C.S. Lewis

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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

Neil Gaiman quote "A book is a dream you hold in your hands"

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

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

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

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

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 it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. Toni Morrison

Lemony Snicket quote"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them"

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

Jorge Luis Borges quote "I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library"

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

Stephen Fry quote "Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators"

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

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

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

Mary Schmich quote "Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere"

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. Harper Lee
Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read. Jorge Luis Borges
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. Mary Wortley Montagu
A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. Abraham Lincoln
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Rene Descartes
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

Logan Pearsall Smith quote "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading"

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
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

Edith Sitwell quote "My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence"

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

William Nicholson reading quote "We read to know we're not alone"

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

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

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
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

Margaret Atwood quote "I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most"

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

Fran Leibowitz reading quote "Think before you speak. Read before you think"

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
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

W Sommerset Maugham quote "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life"

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

Jim Rohn reading quote "Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary"

Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read. Christian Bauman
Reading is departure and arrival. Terri Guillemets
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” President Harry Truman
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
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. P.J. O’Rourke

Margaret Fuller quote about books "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader"

Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading. Lena Dunham
The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t. Mark Twain
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
Leaders are always readers. Kevin Trudeau

Orhan Pamuk reading quote "I read a book one day and my whole life was changed"

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The Best Literary Quotes

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
Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today. Holbrook Jackson
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand. Ezra Pound

Victor Hugo quote "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark"

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – 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
Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other. A.S. Byatt, Possession
If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories. Michael Ende

Louisa May Alcott quote "She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain"

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away. Emily Dickinson
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
In the end, we’ll all become stories. Margaret Atwood
Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read. Anne Brontë
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury

Oscar Wilde reading quote "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it"

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, Pride and Prejudice
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
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
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

Fernando Pessoa reading quote "Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life"

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. Cassandra Clare
Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
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. That doesn’t happen much, though. J.D. Salinger
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… the man who never reads lives only one. George R.R. Martin

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

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, Journey to the Center of the Earth
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in. Robert Louis Stevenson
Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
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

Italo Covino quote "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say"

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. 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
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

Umberto Eco quote "We live for books"

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

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80 Inspiring Quotes About Books and Reading

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Books are important for the mind, heart, and soul. But don't take it from us: These quotes about reading speak for themselves.

By Stefanie Hargreaves

The power to be found between the pages of a book is formidable, indeed. And these 80 inspiring quotes about books and importance of reading are here to remind you of that. From beloved bestsellers to iconic celebrities, these quotes exemplify the benefits of reading and of a good books to comfort, challenge, and inspire you. For, as author Anna Quindlen says, "Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home."

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." – Margaret Fuller

"A word after a word after a word is power." – Margaret Atwood

"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

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

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

"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

Reading by the Fire

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

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

"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

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

"Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you." – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Read before you think

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

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

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

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

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

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"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. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship." – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." – Joan Didion, The White Album

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

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

"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, The Polysyllabic Spree

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We read to know we are not alone. – C.S. Lewis

"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

"It is really hard to be lonely very long in a world of words. Even if you don't have friends somewhere, you still have language, and it will find you and wrap its little syllables around you and suddenly there will be a story to live in." – Naomi Shihab Nye, I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK?: Tales of Driving and Being Driven

"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

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

"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, Meditations from a Movable Chair

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

"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

"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

"Both reading and writing are experiences – lifelong – in the course of which we who encounter words used in certain ways are persuaded by them to be brought mind and heart within the presence, the power, of the imagination." – Eudora Welty

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

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

"That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." – Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

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

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

"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

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

"I guess a big part of serious fiction’s purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves." – David Foster Wallace

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

"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, Bad Feminist

"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

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

"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." – F. Scott Fitzgerald

"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

"Books may well be the only true magic." – Alice Hoffman, Magic Lessons

"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, A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books

"A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation... A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on, you are enriched threefold." – Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

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

"It is known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else." – Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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

"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life." – W. Somerset Maugham, Books And You

"I don't read a book; I hold a conversation with the author." – Elbert Hubbard

"Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again." – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one." – George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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

"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

"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." – Madeleine L'Engle

"Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this." – Dave Eggers

"Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times? 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 pressed flower... both strange and familiar." – Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

"The best books... are those that tell you what you know already." – George Orwell, 1984

"Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self." – Franz Kafka

"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, The Brooklyn Follies

"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled 'This could change your life.'" – Helen Exley

"There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things." – Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

"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

"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

"Reading is essential for those who seek to rise about the ordinary." – Jim Rohn

"The story is truly finished–and meaning is made–not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters." – Celeste Ng

"One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." – Garrison Kellor

"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

"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

"Once you've read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you." – Louis L'Amour

"The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us." – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

"That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive–all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment." – Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

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88 Best Quotes About Books & Reading

Quote Graphic: The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest people of the past centuries. — Descartes

Books and reading are more than just hobbies — they’re gateways to other worlds, a form of travel while staying in place, and a catalyst for personal and social transformation.

They inspire our imaginations, broaden our horizons, and offer us perspectives we might never encounter otherwise. (And as Arthur taught us , having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card .)

Books are tools for change . They’ve sparked revolutions, preserved cultures, and even helped topple oppressive regimes.

But beyond their societal impact, books also provide personal growth and comfort. From classic literature to modern non-fiction, every page holds the potential for new knowledge and insight. 

Prominent figures and authors have spoken on the impact reading has had on their lives, shaping them into the changemakers they are today.

In this article, we’ve gathered some of the most empowering quotes about books and reading. 

These quotes encapsulate the joy, the education, and the transformative power that comes with being lost in a good book. 

Whether you’re an avid reader seeking affirmation or someone looking to cultivate a reading habit, these quotes are sure to resonate with you and perhaps inspire you to open that book you’ve been meaning to read. 

Dive in and be reminded of the incredible value of a well-written word:

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Famous quotes.

“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

“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

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

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

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything 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, Pride and Prejudice

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything 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, Pride and Prejudice

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

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” — Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“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

“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

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” — Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” — Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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

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

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

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

Quotes About Books

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” — John Green

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” — John Green

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

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” — Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“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 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

“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

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

“I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

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

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

“And most of all, books. They were, in and of themselves, reasons to stay alive. Every book written is the product of a human mind in a particular state. Add all the books together and you get the end sum of humanity. Every time I read a great book I felt I was reading a kind of map, a treasure map, and the treasure I was being directed to was in actual fact myself.” — Matt Haig , Reasons to Stay Alive

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

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” — Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

“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

“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

Reading Quotes

“Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever-present game of knowing.” — Hank Green

“Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever-present game of knowing.” — Hank Green‍

“I think reading is part of the birthright of the human being.” — LeVar Burton

“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” — Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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

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

“You should never read just for ‘enjoyment.’ Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick ‘hard books.’ Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, ‘I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.’ Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of ‘literature’? That means fiction, too, stupid.” — John Waters, Role Models

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” — Ursula K. LeGuin

“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

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

“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, The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three, 1923-1928

“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, A Reading Diary

“Read the books they don’t want you to. That’s where the good stuff is.” — LeVar Burton

“Read the books they don’t want you to. That’s where the good stuff is.” — LeVar Burton

Inspiring Quotes About Reading

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

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

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” — Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

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

“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, 2666

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

“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 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

“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, The Brooklyn Follies

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

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

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

Funny Quotes

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” — Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” — Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

“Books were safer than other people anyway.” — Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes

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

“The problem with books is that they end.” — Caroline Kepnes, You

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” — Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” — Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet .

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

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

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” — Stéphane Mallarmé

“Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” — Stéphane Mallarmé

Short Quotes About Books and Reading

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

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

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

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” — Mary McLeod Bethune

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” — Lisa Kleypas, A Wallflower Christmas

“Reading brings us unknown friends” — Honoré de Balzac

“Reading brings us unknown friends” — Honoré de Balzac‍

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” — Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder and Other Stories

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

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

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

“A good book is an event in my life.” — Stendhal, The Red and the Black

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

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

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.” — George Orwell, 1984

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

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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About Reading Making You a Better Writer

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — Annie Proulx

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — Annie Proulx

“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

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

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin

More Quotes & Captions

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

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

“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, Bad Feminist

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul… It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” — Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“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

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” — George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five

“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. That doesn’t happen much, though.” — J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest people of the past centuries.” — Descartes

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest people of the past centuries.” — Descartes

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

“Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.” — Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

“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!

“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!

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35+ Quotes About Books That Truly Speak to Bibliophiles

November 16, 2020

Novels, memoirs, short stories, essay compilations, and more continue to shape who we are and how we view the world, no matter what format—physical book, ebook, or audiobook—we use to absorb and enjoy them. Books are pathways into different worlds and different lives, and one can never be truly bored with a good book. Here are some of the best quotes about books, whether you love to read or listen.

Quotes About Books and Reading

Between work, family, chores, and more, it’s all too easy to let life get in the way of the pleasure of spending time with books. Whether you’ve let your cherished hobby lag or you’re a devoted reader and listener, these quotes will remind you of what you love about settling down with the perfect story.

1. “That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

2. "Books are a uniquely portable magic." – Stephen King, On Writing

3. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” – George R. R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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

5. “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

6. “Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden  

7. "The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us." – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

8. “He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.” – John Green, An Abundance of Katherines 

9. “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” – Aldous Huxley, Brave New World 

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

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

Quotes About Books and Knowledge

Whether they revolve around family dynamics or romantic relationships, or focus on career goals or personal challenges, books really do have the answers to all of our questions. We learn so much from works of literature, and the knowledge we can gain from authors of the past and present is indispensable. Read on for some quotes to inspire your next mind-expanding listen. 

12. “One must always be careful of books... and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

13. “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind

14. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

15. “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.” – George Orwell, 1984

16. “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!

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

18. “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala

19. “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” – G.K. Chesterton, Heretics

20. “If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But thereis always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Quotes About the Pure Love of Books 

The ability to make the reader or listener fall in love with a book and its characters takes more than skill—writers must have a true passion for words and stories. These quotes demonstrate just how much love writers have for their craft.

21. “A truly good book is something as natural, and as unexpectedly and unaccountably fair and perfect, as a wild flower discovered on the prairies of the West or in the jungles of the East.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walking

22. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

23. “It is remarkable, the character of the pleasure we derive from the best books.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

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

25. “When a long book succeeds, the writer and reader are not just having an affair; they are married.” – Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

26. “A classic is a successful book that has survived the reaction of the next period or generation. Then it's safe, like a style in architecture or furniture. It's acquired a picturesque dignity to take the place of its fashion.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

27. “And books! ...she would buy them all over and over again; she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands; and she would have every book that tells her how to admire an old twisted tree.” – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

28. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Funny Quotes About Books

We often turn to books for deep insights, or moving and dramatic tales. But sometimes, all you need from a book is a good laugh. Literature can be serious, but it can also be light and silly and absurd—which these quotes demonstrate perfectly.

29. “There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” – Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

30. “Books were safer than other people anyway.” – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

31. “Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.” – Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

32. “To a bibliophile, there is but one thing better than a box of new books, and that is a box of old ones.” – Will Thomas, Some Danger Involved

33. “Every author ought to write every book as if he were going to be beheaded the day he finished it.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

34. “I have tried to write by the old rule that how good a book is should be judged by the man who writes it by the excellence of the material that he eliminates.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

35. “Like most uneducated Englishwomen, I like reading—I like reading books in the bulk.” – Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page .

Here are 100 of the most inspiring book quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find even more inspiration to read, learn and grow. Enjoy!

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

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A good book is a creator of inwardness. Susan Sontag

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

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Books are the training weights of the mind. Epictetus

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Any book not worth rereading isn’t worth reading. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. William Hazlitt

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Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us. Alain de Botton

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Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in. Arthur Schopenhauer

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The poet lights the light and fades away. But the light goes on and on. Emily Dickinson

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The greatest books have more insights than one can absorb in a single reading. James Pierce

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Stories are illusion. They are so powerful they invite delusion. Stewart Brand

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Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom. Ursula K. Le Guin

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That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. Louisa May Alcott

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The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. W. Somerset Maugham

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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Best Book Quotes

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A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. Carl Sagan
In a good book the best is between the lines. Swedish proverb
All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Leo Tolstoy
Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare. Harriet Martineau
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self. Franz Kafka
One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me? Alain de Botton

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Bad reading: when you rush through. Good reading: when you go slow. Wise reading: when you understand. Maxime Lagacé
The very greatest books only manage to illuminate the dark confusion of our lives like a brief brilliant firework. Alain de Botton
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. Mortimer J. Adler
A book is something that can be read ten years after publication. A real book, twenty. Otherwise it is a magazine report with bookbinding. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Let just as many books be acquired as are enough, but none for mere show. Seneca
Of all that is written, I love only what a man has written with his own blood. Friedrich Nietzsche
As a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. Arthur Schopenhauer

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We’ve already discovered teleportation and time travel: a good book. Sahil Lavingia
I was dumb. I thought reading the classics would make me wise and educated. Now, I simply read the books that interest me. Maxime Lagacé
Part 1. Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Barbara Tuchman
Part 2. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print . Barbara Tuchman
People who ask for book recommendations don’t read. Sahil Lavingia
Great books teach you something every time you read them. Angela Jiang

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Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher
A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. Margaret Fuller
I would rather read the 100 best books over and over again until I absorbed them, rather than read all the books. Naval Ravikant
The right book at the right time will speak to you in a way the right book at the wrong time just won’t. Naval Ravikant
My library is an archive of longings. Susan Sontag

Part 2. Book Quotes That Are…

The most famous book quotes (c.s. lewis, dr. seuss, emerson, etc.).

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Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain
So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. Maya Angelou
If a book is well written, I always find it too short. Jane Austen
The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul – books. Emily Dickinson

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′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. Mark Twain
I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents. Elon Musk
Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else’s view or a mere book. Bruce Lee
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss
A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. C.S. Lewis

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There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway
I was with book, as a woman is with child. C.S. Lewis ( Till We Have Faces , Amazon book)
Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters. William Shakespeare
Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. Vladimir Nabokov
Throw away your books; stop letting yourself be distracted. Marcus Aurelius (It seems Marcus Aurelius was not a dreamer…)
When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. Desiderius Erasmus
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. Friedrich Nietzsche

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One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it. E. M. Forster
Anyone who reads a book with a sense of obligation does not understand the art of reading. Lin Yutang ( The Importance of Living , Amazon book)
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. Bertrand Russell
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. George R. R. Martin
A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools. Thomas Jefferson
A book worth reading is worth buying. John Ruskin
Some books leave us free and some books make us free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Short Book Quotes

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I water my mind with books. Susan Sontag
Words are life. Markus Zusak ( The Book Thief , Amazon book)
Books are absent teachers. Mortimer J. Adler
When I had nothing, I had books. Jola Tankoka
Read more books and fewer articles. Morgan Housel
Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

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Your brain is a muscle and books are the weights. James Clear
Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman
No two persons ever read the same book. Edmund Wilson
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero
Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. Stephen King
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

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Books have superpowers; they ground you and make you fly too. Maxime Lagacé
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational Book Quotes

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There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away. Emily Dickinson
It is the nature of those books we call classics to wait patiently on the shelf for us to grow into them. Erica Jong
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. Vera Nazarian
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it. Elizabeth Drew
Don’t read to show off, read to take off. Maxime Lagacé

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My library serves as a visual reminder of what I don’t know. Shane Parrish
That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri
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
There is no better teacher than history in determining the future. There are answers worth billions of dollars in a $30 history book. Charlie Munger
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum – of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. Henry Miller

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Books are funny little portable pieces of thought. Susan Sontag
Books are gateways into other worlds and other minds into which you cannot otherwise travel. Unknown
I’ll never forgive books for being 300 pages when they could have been 30. Unknown
Think how quiet a book is on a shelf, just sitting there, unopened. Then think what happens when you open it. Ali Smith
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested. Francis Bacon
Buying books isn’t spending, it’s investing. Sven Schnieders

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Still, when people ask why I love books or reading, or why I brighten up every time I spy a bookstore or library, I can’t always find the right words to express myself. Thankfully, several people have already done it for me.

This is a list of 36 book lover quotes that sum up all the mushy gushy feelings within me about books and reading — and hopefully they resonate with you too!

The Best Book Lover Quotes

“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” ―Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

“Books were safer than other people anyway.” ―Neil Gaiman,  The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“Reality doesn’t always give us the life that we desire, but we can always find what we desire between the pages of books.” ―Adelise M. Cullens

“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,  A Reading Diary

“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!

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“You can get lost in any library, no matter the size. But the more lost you are, the more things you’ll find.” ―Millie Florence,  Lydia Green Of Mulberry Glen

“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

“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

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ―Stephen King,  On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” ―Carlos Ruiz Zafón,  The Shadow of the Wind

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” ―Mary McLeod Bethune

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ―George R.R. Martin,  A Dance with Dragons

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

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

“I believe there is power in words, power in asserting our existence, our experience, our lives, through words.” ―Jesmyn Ward,  The Fire this Time

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ―Harper Lee,  To Kill a Mockingbird

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” ―Orhan Pamuk,  The New Life

“No. I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.” ―Sarah J. Maas,  Throne of Glass

“Once I began to read, I began to exist. I am what I read.” ―Walter Dean Myers, Open a World of Possible

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” ―Diane Duane,  So You Want to Be a Wizard

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

“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

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

“It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.” ―Catherynne M. Valente,  The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” ―Lisa Kleypas,  A Wallflower Christmas

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“The problem with books is that they end.” ―Caroline Kepnes,  You

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.” ―Maya Angelou

“In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.” ―Gail Honeyman,  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

“I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.” ―Arthur Conan Doyle,  The Complete Sherlock Holmes

“When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” ―Jane Austen,  Pride and Prejudice

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“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” ―Malcolm X,  The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“You see, unlike in the movies, there is no THE END sign flashing at the end of books. When I’ve read a book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished anything. So I start a new one.” ―Elif Shafak,  The Bastard of Istanbul

“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

“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” ―Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder and Other Stories

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

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40 Best Quotes About Reading That Explain Why Books Are So Important

Quotes to inspire you to pick up your next book.

By Megan Hatch — Written on Oct 01, 2020

40 Best Quotes About Reading That Explain Why Books Are So Important

Reading a book can transport you to a place you’ve never been before, get to know a person you’ve never met before, or teach you something you never knew before. These quotes about reading will hopefully inspire you to pick up a book that will spark your interest.

People like to read because they can gain knowledge, learn and discover new things, and use their imagination. 

It's been proven that books are good for you . They can help stimulate your brain, therefore making you smarter, engage your imagination, and help strengthen your concentration, which we all seem to struggle with nowadays in the age of instant gratification.

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If you haven’t had the chance to experience reading a book that changed your life or one that you literally could not put down, try and take a book quiz  to see what book would fit best for you! 

The best thing about reading is that it helps you become a well-informed and well-rounded person. These quotes about reading will hopefully inspire you to find that book that help you understand why reading is so important. 

40 Quotes About Reading

1. “books are a uniquely portable magic.” — stephen king.

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2. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

3. “books train your mind to imagination to think big.” — taylor swift, 4. “good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” — mark twain , 5. “there is no friend as loyal as a book.” — ernest hemingway, 6. “whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” — vera nazarian, 7. “let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." — voltaire, 8. “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.

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

9. “One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ― Cassandra Clare,  Clockwork Angel

10. “reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” — mason cooley, 11. “if you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” — roald dahl, 12. “i can never read all the books i want; i can never be all the people i want and live all the lives i want. i can never train myself in all the skills i want. and why do i want i want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. and i am horribly limited.” ― sylvia plath, 13. “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, 14. “i think of life as a good book. the further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense” — harold kushner.

i think of life as a good book. the further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense

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

16. “if you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — haruki murakami, 17. “to learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — victor hugo, 18. “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ― st. augustine, 19. “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, 20. “a book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” — neil gaiman.

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21. “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

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22. “So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa

23. “the only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.” — w. somerset maugham, 24. “the more that you read, the more things you will know. the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — dr. seuss, 25. “many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” ― jane smiley, 26. “books are my friends, my companions. they make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” ― christopher paolini, 27. “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, 28. “books can be dangerous. the best ones should be labeled 'this could change your life.'” — helen exley.

books can be dangerous. the best ones should be labeled this could change your life

29. “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

30. “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, 31. “books are the plane, and the train, and the road. they are the destination and the journey. they are home.” ― anna quindlen, 32. “some books leave us free and some books make us free.” — ralph waldo emerson, 33. “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, 34. “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, 35. “writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — annie proulx, 36. “reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” — malorie blackman, 37. “reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” — mary schmich.

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38. “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

39. “we read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.” — anna quindlen, 40. "she reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." — annie dillard.

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Megan Hatch is a writer at YourTango that covers books and reading, health and wellness, and pop-culture news.

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The 100 Best Quotes About Reading

100 Best Quotes About Reading

You know our goal at Bookroo is to help you spend less time searching for books so you can spend more time reading! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 100 best quotes about reading. 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.

Let us know in the comments below which is your favorite, and what quotes you would add to the list!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“ 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

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

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

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

“ The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries. ” - Descartes

“ 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

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

“ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“ Reading brings us unknown friends ” - Honoré de Balzac

“ The world was hers for the reading. ” - Betty Smith

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

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

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

“ Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. ” - Fernando Pessoa

“ No. I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material. ” - Sarah J. Maas

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

“ 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

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

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

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

“ 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

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

“ 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

“ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“ 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

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

“ Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. ” - Frederick Douglas

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

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

“ “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“ 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

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

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

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

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

“ I couldn’t live a week without a private library – 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

“ 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

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

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

“ 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

“ 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

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

“ I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down. ” - Edgar Allan Poe

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

“ I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. ” - Woody Allen

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

“ 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

“ 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

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

“ Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. ” - Socrates

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

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

“ [F]rom the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way. ” - Gordon B. Hinckley

“ 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

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

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

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

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

“ Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind. ” - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

“ 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

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

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

“ You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child. ” - Anita Merina

“ 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

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

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50 most inspiring literature quotes of all time.

Get inspired by the world’s most recognized book quotes – and make sure to read or re-read the books they come from.

Internet users share hundreds of thousands of quotes every day. Not too many people know that many of these great thoughts come from books. Even fewer know which books.

A single iconic sentence from a classic novel is not only a shot of positive energy. It’s proof that reading the remaining thousands of sentences will give the same level of pleasure and inspiration.

Want great quotes direct you to great reads? We list our 50 favorites below. For more inspiration, you can explore two quote collections.

First of all, you should check out Goodreads Quotes catalog – a section of the popular book recommendation site where users add their favorite quotes found in books.

By default, the book quotes on Goodreads are sorted by popularity (and this means the number of likes), so right away you’ll get inspired by the most powerful thoughts.

If you are looking for well-researched and attributed quotes, make sure to visit Wikiquote . Literary quotes are grouped by title, so it’s the easiest way to research the most interesting thoughts from specific books. What’s also very helpful, each detail page includes info about which chapter the particular quote comes from.

If there is a quote you believe should be added to the list, please share it in the comments below.

And now, take your time and get inspired!

50 most inspirational quotes from books

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – H.Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You
Well-behaved women seldom make history. – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. -André Gide

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. – André Gide, Autumn Leaves

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Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving. – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Get busy living, or get busy dying. – Stephen King, Different Seasons
The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. – Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

Travel far enough, you meet yourself.  - David Mitchell

Travel far enough, you meet yourself. – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

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None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are. – Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
Most people are nice when you finally see them. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Don’t panic. – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time. – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet In Heaven
When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive. – Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. - Lewis Carroll

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. – Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today. –Pittacus Lore, The Power of Six
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. – Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator
I don’t want to die without any scars. – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. – Veronica Roth, Divergent

Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while. - Lucy Maud Montgomery

When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while. – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. – Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. – Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist
I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do. – Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Not all those who wander are lost - Tolkien

Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels. – Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams
It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane. – Philip K. Dick, Valis
If you’re making mistakes it means you’re out there doing something. – Neil Gaiman, Make Good Art
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. – Paulo Coelho, Brida
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself. – Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
To define is to limit. – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all. – John Green, Paper Towns
Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer. – Dan Brown, Digital Fortress
So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. – Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from. – Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men

We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. - J.K. Rowling

We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. – Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle
It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything. – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married
It is never too late to be wise. – Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for. – Joseph Heller, Catch-22
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Have you ever encountered a quote that pierced your heart, made you laugh uncontrollably, brought a huge smile to your face, or made you bawl your eyes out?

I’m sure many of you have come across such quotes, and being readers, it’s an everyday thing for us, right? Well, it’s definitely for me! 

Certain phrases in a book hold the power to make us feel a plethora of emotions, and they stick with us even after the book is placed in our ‘finished reading section.’ 

Book quotes are worth writing and remembering, and if you connect with them, then they will be with you forever. 

To help you with the collection, I have compiled this list of 100 famous book quotes from some of the world’s most beloved authors and their best-known books. 

With the combination of classics and modern-day books , this list consists of quotes that have struck a chord in the hearts of millions around the world.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. _ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you. _ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go… _ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr Seuss
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. _ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Forgiveness condones nothing, but it does cast off the chains of anger, judgment, resentment, denial, and pain that choke growth. In this way, it allows for life, for freedom. So that’s what’s at stake when it comes to forgiveness: freedom. With this freedom, we can feel better, be better, and choose better next time. _ Michele Harper, The Beauty in Breaking
Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone … just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. _ The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. _ Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well — or ill? _ John Steinbeck, East of Eden
This above all: To thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. _ William Shakespeare, Hamlet
‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.’ _ E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. _ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. _ George Orwell, Animal Farm
How you live your life is your business. But remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. Most of us can’t help but live as though we’ve got two lives to live, one is the mockup, the other the finished version, and then there are all those versions in between. _ André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name
And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. _ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. _ Margery Williams, Velveteen Rabbit
There are years that ask questions and years that answer. _ Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart. _ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
Ever’body’s askin’ that. ‘What we comin’ to?’ Seems to me we don’t never come to nothin’. Always on the way. _ John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. _ George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. _ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day. _ Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. _ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. _ Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. _ J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe. _ Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places. _ Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. _ Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. _ Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger. _ Yann Martel, Life of Pi
You pierce my soul. I am half agony. Half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. _ Jane Austen, Persuasion
You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget. _ Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Call me Ishmael. _ Herman Melville, Moby Dick
He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart. _ Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. _ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey
Time is the longest distance between two places. _ Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie
The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude. _ Kate Chopin, The Awakening
We dream in our waking moments, and walk in our sleep. _ Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. _ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading. _ Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. _ Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. _ Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it. _ Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
The same substance composes us — the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star — we are all one, all moving to the same end. _ P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. _ Ulysses, Alfred Lord Tennyson
I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way. _ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Love is holy because it is like grace – the worthiness of its object is never really what matters. _ Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. It means you go on even though you’re scared. _ Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. _ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you. _ Roald Dahl, The Witches
Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. _ Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42. _ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. _ William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. _ S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders
Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living. _ Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Not all those who wander are lost. _ The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein
Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches. _ William Goldman, The Princess Bride
You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain’t no matter. _ Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost. _ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. _ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
For you, a thousand times over. _ Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever. _ Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
And may the odds be ever in your favor. _ Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy. _ William Golding, Lord of the Flies
Oh, the places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. _ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go
The longer I live, the more uninformed I feel. Only the young have an explanation for everything. _ Isabel Allende, City of the Beasts
We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories. _ Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. _ William Shakespeare, The Tempest
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous insect. _ Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution. _ Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
‘But man is not made for defeat,’ he said. ‘A man can be destroyed but not defeated.’ _ Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. _ Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for.” _ Joseph Heller, Catch-22
There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. _ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. _ To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
All we can know is that we know nothing. And that’s the height of human wisdom. _ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
“We accept the love we think we deserve.” _ Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.” _ Jenny Han To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive, and will come forth later, in uglier ways.” _ Alex Michaelides, The Silent Patient
“But the truth is, praise is just like an addiction. The more you get it, the more of it you need just to stay even.” _ The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.” _ Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.” _ Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.” _ Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom
“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” _ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.” _ Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love
“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.” _ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“And that’s how easy it is for a writer to pretend to be someone they aren’t.” _ Colleen Hoover, Verity
“Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment. ” _ Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
“A lot of you cared, just not enough.” _ Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
“There’s a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.” _ Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
“Impulsive actions led to trouble, and trouble could have unpleasant consequences.” _ Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
“He really had been through death, but he had returned because he could not bear the solitude.” _ Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.” _ Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
“Behind every trial and sorrow that He makes us shoulder, God has a reason.” _ Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
“Perhaps that’s why I find myself looking backward. The past has a clarity I can no longer see in the present.”  _ Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale
“It had always seemed to him a very plush kind of problem, a privilege, really, to consider whether life was meaningful or not.” _ Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
“She had never dreamed there could be so much pain in a life when there was nothing physically wrong. She hurt all the time. _ Stephen King, The Shining
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” _ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world. _ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“Humans are so ill-equipped for peace.” _ V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
“People always clap for the wrong reasons.” _ J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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Best 70 Book Quotes for Bibliophiles and Avid Readers

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Look at me! I can bring a smile on your face or a tear to your eye. I can fly you around the world and to far distant places. I can show you how things are done, reveal secrets and knowledge. For I am a book , an instrument of learning and awakening. That is more or less the message that’s hidden behind all these book quotes below.

Books can be truly amazing! They are the most loyal friends and expert mentors with a power to influence our thoughts and emotions and positively affect our lives. They ignite our imagination and function as doorways to other worlds, defying the limits of space and time. Books are simply a portal to magic!

They are quintessential in the development of our cognitive functions, molding our thinking and reasoning processes, challenging ideas and beliefs and therefore profoundly influencing who we become. Books help us expand our knowledge base through the acquisition of new concepts and competencies, are extremely beneficial for building up our vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and enhance our vivacity of expression.

Through a book we establish a mystical connection with its author, have the chance to get inside his mind and pick up the subtlest nuances. We get immersed in the narrative and actively intertwine with the characters, something that cultivates our empathy and adds depth to our emotional intelligence. Books are a heaven for our soul! They are the destination and the journey!

Here we have curated for you the most inspirational quotes on the value of books. Share them with your loved ones to enlighten and motivate them. Use them as a caption to add “depth” to your Instagram and social media posts! Reflect upon them, they are the next best thing to reading a book!

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Best book quotes that will make you appreciate their importance, passionate book lover quotes to stimulate enthusiasm for books, motivational reading books quotes on the knowledge and entertainment you get from them, famous book quotes that are full of wisdom, inspirational book quotes to think and reflect upon, book quotes about the peace and balance they bring to our life.

Here are the finest quotes about the key role books have in our life and culture.

  • A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. Neil Gaiman
  • A word after a word after a word is power. Margaret Atwood
  • The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. George Orwell
  • Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King
  • Books were my pass to personal freedom. Oprah Winfrey
  • In the end, we’ll all become stories. Margaret Atwood
  • Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero
  • Some books leave us free and some books make us free. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way. Patrick Rothfuss
  • I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books. Gary Paulsen
  • Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain
  • ′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. Mark Twain
  • Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself. Octavia E. Butler
  • 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
  • If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it. Beverly Cleary
  • Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 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
  • All I have learned, I learned from books. Abraham Lincoln
  • Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. Jeremy Collier
  • When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values. Simone de Beauvoir

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A lot of people love reading, but some are fond of the book itself as an object. Be it the smell of the ink, the sound of turning the pages or the touch of the paper in your hands, these quotes will take you to the core of this feeling.

  • She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. Louisa May Alcott
  • I love the smell of book ink in the morning. Umberto Eco
  • She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. Annie Dillard
  • A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. Robert Aris Willmott
  • I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges
  • I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen
  • Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? Henry Ward Beecher
  • I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books. Jorge Luis Borges
  • Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read. John Wooden
  • 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
  • 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
  • My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read. Abraham Lincoln
  • A status symbol is a book. A very easy book to read is The Catcher in the Rye. Walk around with that under your arm, kids. That is status. Vivienne Westwood
  • Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else. Mark Twain

The following quotes are about the habit and the experience of reading. Books have the power to take us on a journey in space and time – once you start reading, you enter a magical world that everything is possible!

  • No two persons ever read the same book. Edmund Wilson
  • If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. K. Rowling
  • That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. David Mitchell
  • I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. K. Rowling
  • The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Rene Descartes
  • It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially. Donna Tartt
  • If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami
  • I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go… Sharon Creech
  • 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
  • A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. William Styron

Here are some quotes by great people of the past and the present on the significance of books.

  • Wear the old coat and buy the new book. Austin Phelps
  • I guess there are never enough books. John Steinbeck
  • Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Malala Yousafzai
  • You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. S. Lewis
  • A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. George R.R. Martin
  • Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. Dr. Seuss
  • Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. Jorge Luis Borges
  • Soon, books will read you while you are reading them. Yuval Noah Harari
  • 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
  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. Walt Disney
  • I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx

A book is never just a book – it is a friend, a mirror, a door, a fresh view and a wonderful journey to the world. Read these inspiring quotes and choose the one you like to write the nicest inscriptions!

  • A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. Charles Baudelaire
  • Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night. Isabel Allende
  • Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. Anna Quindlen
  • Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world. Jeanette Winterson
  • My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. Malcolm X
  • The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty. Pablo Neruda
  • 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
  • Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other. S. Byat
  • The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde
  • 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
  • Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher
  • 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

These book quotes will educate you, make you think and maybe even provide you with an Instagram caption!

  • We tell ourselves stories in order to live. Joan Didion
  • Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. George R.R. Martin
  • I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book. Benedict Cumberbatch
  • The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library. Albert Einstein
  • Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. Jane Smiley
  • Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. Bill Patterson
  • I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. Emma Thompson
  • When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. Erasmus
  • You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury
  • Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. Anne Herbert
  • 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. B. White
  • There are three things that grow more precious with age; old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to enjoy. Henry Ford

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The 22 best book quotes — and the books they come from

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Great literature has gifted us some of the most meaningful and timeless quotes about life, love, and everything in between. Writers can put words to the feelings and experiences we can't quite capture ourselves and leave us with quotes that resonate long after we've turned the page. Readers have found moving quotes in everything from gothic classics to contemporary young adult reads . 

Sometimes, we're inspired by a quote that we didn't even know came from a book. I've heard "Not all those who wander are lost" countless times but never knew it was from a beloved fantasy series. To create this list, I looked at some of the most memorable and moving quotes from literature throughout time. For readers looking for a new inspirational read or wondering where some of the greatest lines originated from, here are some of the best literary quotes and the books they came from.

The 22 best book quotes of all time:

"love is or it ain't. thin love ain't love at all.".

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"Beloved" by Toni Morrison, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $9.29

" Beloved " is a Pultizer Prize-winning historical fiction about Sethe, an escaped slave still running from her past 18 years later. Haunted both metaphorically by her memories and literally by the ghost of her baby, Sethe's past and present collide when a mysterious teenage girl arrives with the same name engraved upon her child's tombstone.

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

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"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $5.47

This adored classic is about four sisters — Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy — who are struggling to survive in New England during the Civil War. First published in 1869, this novel has delighted readers for generations as they follow the sisters on each of their unique journeys to womanhood. 

"Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt."

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"Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $14.99

First published in 1969, " Slaughterhouse-Five " is an anti-war novel about Billy Pilgrim, who becomes a chaplain's assistant in the US. Army during World War II. While the story begins with Billy's childhood and continues years after the war, Billy occasionally travels through time to reflect upon his life, humanity, and the devastating effects of war.

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."

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"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $8.89

" The Alchemist " is a powerful and inspirational story full of wisdom about a boy named Santiago who travels to Egypt from Spain in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. On his adventure, Santiago encounters numerous obstacles, meets interesting new people, and discovers so much more than the treasure he once sought.

"There is always something left to love."

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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel García Márquez, available at Amazon and Bookshop , $14.49

This beautiful multi-generational story of the Buendía family begins with José Arcadio Buendía, the founding patriarch of the town of Macondo. Following seven generations of the family through feuds, friendships, and technological advancements, this novel uses magical realism to explore extraordinary moments through time.

"What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?"

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"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $12.98

" The Hate U Give " is a moving and timely young adult read about Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who witnesses her best friend, Khalil, get shot and killed by the police. When his death makes national headlines, everyone wants to hear what really happened, but Starr is fully aware of what telling the truth could mean as well as the consequences of staying silent.

"They say nothing lasts forever but they're just scared it will last longer than they can love it."

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"On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous " by Ocean Vuong, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $9.67

This stunning and poetic novel is a letter from a son to his mother, who cannot read. Little Dog is in his 20s, exploring and speaking frankly about sexuality, masculinity, grief, and race as he unravels his family's history rooted in Vietnam, leading to an unforgettable conclusion in this powerful novel about humanity and language. 

"Anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for."

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"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $12.22

Loved as a funny and realistic view on war, " Catch-22 " is about Yossarian, a bombardier during World War II who is mad that thousands of enemies are trying to kill him while his army continues to increase the number of dangerous missions he's required to fly. Yossarian finds himself in a Catch-22, a bureaucratic rule that says men who continue to fly dangerous missions should be considered insane, yet if they make a request to be removed, they are proven sane and ineligible for relief.

"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am."

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"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $15

" The Bell Jar " is a semi-autobiographical novel and a haunting classic from Sylvia Plath. The book follows Esther Greenwood, a young woman in Boston who is consumed by depression and anxiety as her mental state worsens over time.

"Time moves slowly, but passes quickly."

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"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $12.99

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, " The Color Purple " is a magnificent and important novel about the abuse silently suffered by Black women in the 20th century. Celie and Nettie are sisters who were separated as children but continue to communicate and share messages of hope through letters that sustain them through seemingly insurmountable pain in this story of strength and redemption.

"Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass."

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"The Round House" by Louise Erdrich, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $10.25

This 2012 National Book Award winner follows a young boy on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota whose community and family is changed forever in the wake of a terrible crime. Richly layered, this profound mystery is about so much more than finding a criminal and seeking justice.

"When I discover who I am, I'll be free."

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"Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $13.99

" Invisible Man " is a 1952 classic that shaped American literature as an unnamed man from the South who gets a scholarship to an all-Black school in Harlem but must participate in a horrifying and humiliating "battle royal" in order to claim his spot. Powerful and raw, this novel explores identity and belonging as the narrator continues to search for his individuality in a society that doesn't want him to be himself. 

"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."

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"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $5.52

First published in 1818, " Frankenstein " is a horror classic about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who brings a monster to life and flees his laboratory in disgust, to return the next day and find that the creature is missing. In this novel that explores the dark power of alienation, Frankenstein's monster tells the devastating story to his creator of his first challenging days in the world.

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

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"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $8.99

In this classic French children's book , a young prince meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in the desert, who begins to tell him his story of traveling across various planets and all he had seen and learned along the way. One of the most translated books in the world, " The Little Prince " is for readers of all ages who wish to reminisce upon the nostalgic innocence of childhood.

"Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"

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"Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $7.99

" Don Quixote " is a historical novel from the 1600s and one of the top-selling books of all time . Quixano is a young nobleman who decides to become a knight-errant after reading countless romances and falling in love with the idea of chivalry. Under the name "Don Quixote de la Mancha," Quixano brings the witty Sancho Panza along as his squire on his quest for knighthood.

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

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"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $7.36

" Wuthering Heights " is a classic, gothic novel from 1847 about two families — the Lintons and the Earnshaws — and their relationships with the Earnshaws' adopted son, Heathcliff. Full of complex characters, this classic follows Heathcliff's young friendship with his benefactor's daughter, Cathy, as it grows and morphs into a passionate and twisted romance.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

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"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $7.35

" I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings " is Maya Angelou's first book in her multi-volume autobiography series. This installment offers a glimpse at Maya Angelou's early years as she struggles against racism when she and her brother are sent to live with their grandmother in a small Southern town. When she returns to live with her mother, a horrible attack changes Maya Angelou's life forever in this memoir about identity, race, and hope in the face of impossible circumstances. 

"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum."

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"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $7.99

Offred can remember enjoying life with her husband and daughter not long ago. Now, trapped in a dystopian present where women are only valued if they have viable ovaries, Offred is the Commander's handmaid, forced to lie down for him once a month and pray she gets pregnant in this devastatingly memorable read .

"As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

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"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $6.10

Hazel's terminal cancer diagnosis has been extended by a few years when she meets a gorgeous boy named Augustus in her support group. Immediately drawn to one another, they agree to read each other's favorite books, launching a whirlwind teenage romance that's full of love and heartbreak.

"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet."

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"The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $10.98

" The Namesake " is Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel and explores the immigrant experience through the Ganguli family, whose story begins as Ashoke and Ashima uproot their traditional life in Calcutta and move to America shortly after their arranged marriage so Ashoke can attend school at MIT. When Ashima names their child Gogol, the meaning of his name continues to follow him through his life as he navigates the expectations of a first-generation immigrant.  

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

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"Perks of Being A Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky, available at Amazon and Bookshop , from $7.19

In this unique coming-of-age novel set in the 1990s, Charlie is a freshman in high school who is torn between passivity and a budding passion for life while also being stuck between childhood and adulthood. This book is a compilation of his letters to an unknown recipient, discussing the challenges he faces with his family, in school, and in his personal life.

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" The Fellowship of the Ring " is the first novel in the classic fantasy "Lord of the Rings" series. In this book , the hobbit Bilbo Baggins entrusts young Frodo Baggins with an incredible and dangerous task: To take the powerful Ring to the Cracks of Doom and destroy it once and for all. Frodo sets off on an epic adventure across Middle-Earth in this beloved and revered novel.

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Posted: December 1, 2023 | Last updated: January 5, 2024

<strong>"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." </strong><br>- Carl Sagan

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<strong>"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." </strong><br>- Jane Austen, <a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/pride-and-prejudice-jane-austen/15657135?ean=9780141439518">Pride and Prejudice</a>

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

<strong>"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors." </strong><br>- Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire

<strong>"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." </strong><br>- F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

<strong>"Books are a uniquely portable magic." </strong><br>- Stephen King, <a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/on-writing-a-memoir-of-the-craft-stephen-king/14560198?ean=9781982159375">On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft</a>

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

<strong>"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind." </strong>- Virginia Woolf, <a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-room-of-one-s-own-virginia-woolf/16287397?ean=9780156787338">A Room of One's Own</a>

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

<strong>"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." </strong><br>- <a href="https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/maya-angelou-quotes">Maya Angelou</a>

Maya Angelou

<strong>"The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us." </strong><br>- Ray Bradbury, <a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/fahrenheit-451-ray-bradbury/6766196?ean=9781451673265">Fahrenheit 451</a>

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

<strong>"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." </strong><br>- Walt Disney

Walt Disney

<strong>"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." </strong><br>- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

<strong>"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." </strong><br>- <a href="https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/john-green-quotes">John Green</a>

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<strong>"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." </strong><br>- Arnold Lobel

Arnold Lobel

<strong>"Read books. Care about things. Get excited. Try not to be too down on yourself. Enjoy the ever-present game of knowing." </strong><br>- <a href="https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/hank-green-quotes">Hank Green</a>

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<strong>"Read the books they don't want you to. That's where the good stuff is." </strong><br>- LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

<strong>"Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you." </strong><br>- Louis L'Amour

Louis L'Amour

<strong>"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads." </strong><br>- François Mauriac

François Mauriac

<strong>"Reading one book is like eating one potato chip." </strong><br>- Diane Duane, <a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/so-you-want-to-be-a-wizard-the-first-book-in-the-young-wizards-series-diane-duane/6682730?ean=9780152162504">So You Want to Be a Wizard</a>

Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

<strong>"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." </strong><br>- Stéphane Mallarmé

Stéphane Mallarmé

<strong>"Books may well be the only true magic."</strong> <br>- Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman

<strong>"Reading brings us unknown friends" </strong><br>- Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac

<strong>"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you." </strong><br>- Carlos Ruiz Zafón, <a href="https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-shadow-of-the-wind-carlos-ruiz-zafon/586715?ean=9780143034902">The Shadow of the Wind</a>

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

<strong>"You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write." </strong><br>- Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx

<strong>"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." </strong><br>- Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

<strong>"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." </strong><br>- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

<strong>"The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest people of the past centuries." </strong><br>- Descartes

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