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90 Inspirational Quotes About Books (READ)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes About Books

“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
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
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. – Paul Sweeney
′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. - Mark Twain
‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain
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
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. - George R.R. Martin
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. – George R.R. Martin
That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. - Jhumpa Lahiri
That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. – Jhumpa Lahiri
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss​​
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss​​
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
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
If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. - J.K. Rowling
If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. – J.K. Rowling

16 Enlightening Quotes About Books That Will Inspire You To Read

“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
Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore. - Thea Dorn
Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore. – Thea Dorn
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. - George R.R. Martin
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin

“Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.”

Roxane Gay
Books were my pass to personal freedom. - Oprah Winfrey
Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey
Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. - Jane Smiley
Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. – Jane Smiley

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

Anne Lamott
Books are 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
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
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. - Anna Quindlen
Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen
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 - Sarah MacLean
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? – Sarah MacLean
An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise. - Thomas Wharton
An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise. – Thomas Wharton
Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have. - Lloyd Alexander
Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have. – Lloyd Alexander
Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. - Bill Patterson
Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. – Bill Patterson
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
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. - William Styron
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron
Reading brings us unknown friends. - Honore de Balzac
Reading brings us unknown friends. – Honore de Balzac

17 Wise Quotes About Books and Reading

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. - Haruki Murakami
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami
Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. - Malorie Blackman
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
We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind. – Anna Quindlen
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. - Annie Dillard
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. – Annie Dillard
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. – Napoleon Bonaparte
Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. - Mark Haddon
Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. – Mark Haddon
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. - Henry David Thoreau
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. – Henry David Thoreau
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. - Ray Bradbury
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. – Ray Bradbury
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Joseph Addison
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison
A room without books is like a body without a soul. - Cicero
A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Cicero
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. - Mason Cooley
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. – Mason Cooley
It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially. - Donna Tartt
It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially. – Donna Tartt
The story is truly finished — and meaning is made — not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters. - Celeste Ng
The story is truly finished — and meaning is made — not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters. – Celeste Ng
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. - Toni Morrison
If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. – Toni Morrison
If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads. - Francois Mauriac
If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads. – Francois Mauriac
Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. - Jean Rhys
Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Jean Rhys
I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2 Quotes About Books and Love

A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. - Robert Aris Willmott
A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. – Robert Aris Willmott
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. - David Mitchell
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. – David Mitchell

2 Quotes About Books and Imagination

I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. - Jorge Luis Borges
I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges
I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. - Tahereh Mafi
I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction. – Tahereh Mafi

2 Quotes About Old and New Books

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

6 Quotes About Books For Kids

“I was read to as a small child, I read on my own as soon as I could, and I recall being more or less overwhelmed again and again — if not by what the books actually said, by what they suggested, what they helped me to imagine.”

Marilynne Robinson
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
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
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. Le Guin
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. Le Guin

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

2 Quotes About Books and Magic

I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. - J.K. Rowling
I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. – J.K. Rowling
Books are a uniquely portable magic. - Stephen King
Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

6 Quotes About Books and Libraries

“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
My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. - Malcolm X
My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. – Malcolm X
The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night. - Isabel Allende
The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night. – Isabel Allende
She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people. - Catherynne M. Valente
She sounds like someone who spends a lot of time in libraries, which are the best sorts of people. – Catherynne M. Valente
The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library. - Albert Einstein
The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library. – Albert Einstein
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. - Anne Herbert
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. – Anne Herbert

5 Quotes About Books in Houses

“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
Books always make a room better. - Tanya Boteju
Books always make a room better. – Tanya Boteju
Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. - Dr. Seuss
Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. – Dr. Seuss
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. - Henry Ward Beecher
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher
Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree - Christopher Paolini
Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree? – Christopher Paolini

6 Funny Quotes About Books

“I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. Heck, I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That’s right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that’s kind of perverted or maybe it’s just romantic and highly intelligent.”

Sherman Alexie
When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. - Erasmus
When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. – Erasmus
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 find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

“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
Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. - Diane Duane
Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. – Diane Duane
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. - Harper Lee
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. – Harper Lee

16 Quotes About Books That Will Make You Think

“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 reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. - Rene Descartes
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. – Rene Descartes
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
I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. - Emma Thompson
I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. – Emma Thompson
Books are mirrors you only see in them what you already have inside you. - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. - Oscar Wilde
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde
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
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. - Salman Rushdie
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. – Salman Rushdie
No two persons ever read the same book. - Edmund Wilson
No two persons ever read the same book. – Edmund Wilson
The world was hers for the reading. - Betty Smith
The world was hers for the reading. – Betty Smith
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. - C.S. Lewis
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C.S. Lewis
I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books. - Gary Paulsen
I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books. – Gary Paulsen
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. - Neil Gaiman​
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman​
The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. - George Orwell
The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. – George Orwell
I guess there are never enough books. - John Steinbeck
I guess there are never enough books. – John Steinbeck

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