Quotes about reading

Last updated on December 26, 2019

In this post, I have gathered some of the best quotes by famous people. Each quote shows the importance of reading books.

1. 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

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

Jhumpa Lahiri

3. Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

-Malala Yousafzai

4. 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

5. If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.

Beverly Cleary

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

Dr. Seuss

7. I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.

J.K. Rowling

8. The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

9. Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have.

Lloyd Alexander

10. If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.

Woodrow Wilson

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

Harold Kushner

13. Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.

John Green

14. If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Haruki Murakami

15. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

16. A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

Neil Gaiman

17. 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

18. If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Oscar Wilde

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

Henry David Thoreau

20. One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.

Michael Cunningham

21. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

Frederick Douglass

22. There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.

Jacqueline Kennedy

23. Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. 

Mary Schmich

24. Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King

25. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.

Anna Quindlen

26. The world was hers for the reading.

Betty Smith

27. 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

28. Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.

Christian Bauman

29. 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

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

Charles Baudelaire

31. The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.

Roald Dahl

32. In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.

Anna Quindlen

33. Reading… a vacation for the mind…

Dave Barry

34. 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

35. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

George R.R. Martin

36. 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

37. 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 William Elliot

38. Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

39. 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

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

John Locke

41. The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.

George Orwell

42. I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.

Benedict Cumberbatch

43. A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.

Lisa Kleypas

44. Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

Lisa See

45. The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.

René Descartes

46. Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

Harry Truman

47. No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.


48. Books train your imagination to think big.

Taylor Swift

49. 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

50. I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.

Gillian Anderson

51. One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind.

Ishmael Reed

52. To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

W. Somerset Maugham

53. To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.

Chinese Saying

54. Always look on the bright side of life. Otherwise it’ll be too dark to read.

55. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Richard Steele

56. There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text.

George Santayana

57. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Edmund Burke

58. An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.

Thomas Wharton

59. The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book.

André Maurois

60. There is reading, and there is reading. Reading as a means to an end, for information, to cultivate oneself; reading as an end in itself, a process, a compulsion.

Sven Birkerts

 61. We read to know that we are not alone.

C.S. Lewis

62. 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

63. To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo

64. 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

65. Reading brings us unknown friends.

Honoré de Balzac

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