100 of the best quotes about reading books

Reading and collecting interesting reading quotes is what I do. It took me a few years to put together this list of 100 of my favourite quotes. I started collecting them as a means of helping myself to rediscover the love of reading after taking a break of almost 15 years from reading anything that wasn’t compulsory. As you probably know, forming good habits is tough, takes lots of hardwork and perseverence. The following powerful quotes helped me to stay motivated, recreate the habit of reading and start the Read Around the Word Challenge. I hope they will help you too, if you are on a journey to discover the love of reading books.

  1. “Read obsessively. It will make you a better human and a better writer.” ― Pittacus Lore
  2. “My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn’t have any excuse to be stupid.” ― Joan Bauer
  3. “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” — author unknown
  4. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” ― J.K. Rowling
  5. “To become smart you need to read just ten books, but to find those ten, you need to read thousands.” — unknown
  6. “Parents should leave books lying around marked ‘forbidden’ if they want their children to read.” — Doris Lessing
  7. “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries,hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.” — Stephen King
  8. “Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
  9. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius
  10. “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” — Roald Dahl
  11. “Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity.” — Spanish Proverb
  12. “The best cinema in the world is the brain, and you know it when you read a good book.” — Ridley Scott
  13. “Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.” -William Feather
  14. “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
  15. “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” — David Bailey
  16. “There is no pleasure so cheap, so innocent, and so remunerative as the real, hearty pleasure and taste for reading.” — Robert Lowe
  17. “Reading in bed jumpstarts dreams.” ~Terri Guillemets
  18. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Cicero
  19. “A library is a hospital for the mind.” — Anonymous
  20. “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” ― John Lubbock
  21. “I love books because I don’t have to wait for the commercials to be over to find out what happens.” — unknown
  22. “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” — Maud Casey
  23. “Book lovers never go to bed alone.” ~ unknown
  24. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
  25. “I love the way that each book — any book — is its own journey. You open it, and off you go….” ― Sharon Creech
  26. “Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommending a person.” ― Anonymous
  27. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
  28. “Books are the training weights of the mind” –Seneca
  29. “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” ~James R. Lowell
  30. “Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.” — Vladimir Nabokov
  31. “Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.” — Jim Rohn
  32. “Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” ~ Holbrook Jackson
  33. “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
  34. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” — Dr. Seuss
  35. “Books should go where they will be most appreciated and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf.”― Christopher Paolini
  36. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller
  37. “No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.” ~Ann Landers
  38. “Reading and thinking breeds limitless progress.” ― Auliq-Ice
  39. “I wanted to read immediately. The only fear was that of books coming to an end.” — Eudora Welty
  40. “Nothing can do what a book can do. Lifts you out of your life… to a whole new world, whole new perspective. A book is like a dream you are borrowing from a friend.” — Dave Kellet
  41. “If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate.” — Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12
  42. “You are not done with a book until you pass it to another reader.” — Donalyn Miller
  43. “Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.” — Paxton Hood
  44. “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” — Mortimer J. Adler
  45. “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” — Tomie dePaola
  46. “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
  47. “People who hate to read scare me. Good books have kept me alive.” — Unknown
  48. “Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.” — Charlaine Harris
  49. “Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.” — Oprah
  50. “The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” — James Bryce
  51. “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” — Unknown
  52. “When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life.” — Christopher Morley
  53. “What is reading but silent conversation?” — Walter Savage Landor
  54. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” — Mark Twain
  55. “The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense.” — J.A. Langford
  56. “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” — Hazel Rochman
  57. “Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.” — Joseph Addison
  58. “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” — Mary Schmich
  59. “There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” — Flannery O’Connor
  60. “No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest.” — J.A. Langford
  61. “I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”– Charles de Secondat
  62. “Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.” — Augustine Birrell
  63. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” — Rene Descartes, philosopher and mathematician (1596–1650)
  64. “Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.” — Samuel Butler, writer (1835–1902)
  65. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” –Dr. Seuss
  66. “A true friend is like a good book, the inside is better than the cover.” ― Anonymous
  67. “You’re never alone when you’re reading a book.” ― Susan Wiggs
  68. “He that loves reading has everything within his reach.” — William Godwin
  69. “It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can.” — Jane Hamilton
  70. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney
  71. “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — Louisa May Alcott
  72. “You can travel the world and never leave your chair when you read a book.” ~ Sherry K. Plummer
  73. “Every book is a children’s book if the kid can read!” — Mitch Hedberg
  74. “I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think interior decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” — Anna Quindlen
  75. “A good reader should always have two books with him: one to read, the other one to lend.” ― Gabrielle Dubois
  76. “The problem with books is that they end.” ― Caroline Kepnes
  77. “It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little.” — Denis Parsons Burkitt
  78. “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
  79. “Reading brings us unknown friends” ― Honoré de Balzac
  80. “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
  81. “What makes a good book? Simply put, a good book is one that you enjoy reading.” ― Carmela Dutra
  82. “Don’t buy books for your shelf, buy them for yourself.” ― Saji Ijiyemi
  83. “When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.” — Jules Renard
  84. “Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” — Austin Phelps
  85. “Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” — Kathleen Norris
  86. “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
  87. “My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” –Abraham Lincoln
  88. “A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” — Martin Tupper
  89. “Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book.” — Kin Hubbard
  90. “Books had instant replay long before televised sports.” — Bern Williams
  91. “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” — Frank Serafini
  92. “Men must read for amusement as well as for knowledge.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  93. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss
  94. “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.”- Katherine Paterson
  95. “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” — Desiderius Erasmus
  96. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” — Garrison Keillor
  97. “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” — Mason Cooley
  98. “I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” — Gary Paulsen
  99. “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami
  100. “If a book is well-written I always find it too short.” Jane Austen

I hope you enjoyed this long list of quotes about reading. You deserve a special thank you, if you read it to the very end.

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Originally published at boocshare.com