Reading Quotes

Reading Time: 10 minutes
  • “A good book has no ending.” — R. D. Cumming

A good book has no ending.


  • “I even love the smell of books.” — Adriana Trigiani

I even love the smell of books.


  • “Literature is my Utopia.” — Helen Keller

Literature is my Utopia.


  • “Reading… a vacation for the mind.” — Dave Barry

Reading… a vacation for the mind.


  • “Reading is departure and arrival.” — Terri Guillemets

Reading is departure and arrival


  • “Not reading should be a sin.” — Unknown

Not reading should be a sin.


  • “What a blessing it is to love books.” — Elizabeth von Arnim

What a blessing it is to love books.


  • “Reading brings us unknown friends.” — Honore de Balzac

Reading brings us unknown friends.


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

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.


  • “No two persons ever read the same book.” — Edmund Wilson

No two persons ever read the same book.


  • “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” — J.K. Rowling
  • “Take a good book to bed with you – books do not snore.” — Thea Dorn
  • “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” — Lemony Snicket
  • “Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.” — Khaled Hosseini
  • “You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.” — John Waters
  • “What kind of life can you have in a house without books?” — Sherman Alexie
  • “Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”— Cassandra Clare
  • “What isn’t said is as important as what is said.” — Colson Whitehead
  • “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”— Jhumpa Lahiri
  • “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” — Anna Quindlen
  • “I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material.” — Sarah J. Maas
  • “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” — Fernando Pessoa
  • “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”— Kofi Annan

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.


  • “An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.” — Thomas Wharton
  • “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” — Mortimer Adler
  • “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” —Diane Duane. All
  • “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” — Emily Dickinson
  • “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” —Stephen Fry
  • “Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” — Holbrook Jackson
  • “Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread.” — Henry Stevens
  • “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” — Garrison Keillor
  • “’The end’ is one of the saddest sentences you’ll ever come across.” — Unknown
  • “Books train your imagination to think big.” — Taylor Swift

Books train your imagination to think big.


  • “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” — Bill Watterson
  • “If you’re looking for some magic in your life, open up a book.” — Unknown
  • “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”— Louis L’Amour
  • “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” — Oscar Wilde
  • “Books are the escape you never knew you needed until you start reading.”— Unknown
  • “Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”— Mark Haddon
  • “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost
  • “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” — Lloyd Alexander
  • “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” — John Lubbock
  • “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” — Lisa See
  • “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
  • “In the end, we’ll all become stories.” — Margaret Atwood

In the end, we’ll all become stories.


  • “I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” — Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” — J.K. Rowling
  • “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.” — Helen Exley
  • “If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books.” — Roald Dahl
  • “Books are things of fiction that seem like reality.” — Unknown
  • “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx
  • “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • “To know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know a man’s mind.”— Geraldine Brooks
  • “’Once upon a time’ is one of the most magical phrases you’ll ever read.”— Unknown
  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King

Books are a uniquely portable magic.


  • “Don’t get into a relationship with someone who doesn’t own any books.”— Unknown
  • “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” — Vera Nazarian
  • “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
  • “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” — Sir Francis Bacon
  • “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.” — Lisa Kleypas
  • “Reading – even browsing – an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search.” — James Gleick
  • “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” — William Styron
  • “Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — Annie Proulx
  • “The cheapest form of adventure is a book.” — Unknown

The cheapest form of adventure is a book.


  • “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
  • “Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read.” — Jorge Luis Borges
  • “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” — Charles Baudelaire
  • “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” — Annie Dillard
  • “I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author.” — Elbert Hubbard
  • “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.” — François Mauriac
  • “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo
  • “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
  • “No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books.” — Romain Rolland
  • “I guess there are never enough books.” — John Steinbeck

I guess there are never enough books.


  • “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” — George Bernard Shaw.
  • “When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness.” — Vincent Starrett
  • “I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.” — Benedict Cumberbatch
  • “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” — Mason Cooley
  • “A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” — Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • “My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” — Malcolm X
  • “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!”— Betty Smith
  • “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
  • “It’s hard to believe that reading words on pages can truly change your life for the better.” — Unknown
  • “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” — Jean Rhys
  • “A word after a word after a word is power.” — Margaret Atwood
  • “Books are the movies of our minds.” — Unknown

Books are the movies of our minds.


  • “Stories have endless possibilities and can take you any place your heart dreams of going.” — Unknown
  • “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” — Beverly Cleary
  • “I’ve always ready to figure out people more, and that includes good people and bad people.” — Gillian Flynn
  • “Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” — Jacqueline Kelly
  • “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” — Henry Ward Beecher.
  • “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” — P. J. O’Rourke
  • “Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader than the first book that finds its way to his heart.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
  • “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • “We are all unreliable narrators–all of us.” — Ruth Ware

We are all unreliable narrators–all of us.


  • “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo
  • “People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” —Saul Bellow
  • “I have always imagined paradise as a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges.
  • “Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic.”— Carl Sagan
  • “I love the printed word and have always appreciated the unique connection between author and reader.”– Oprah Winfrey
  • “We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.” — Anna Quindlen
  • “Putting down a good book can almost be an impossible act to do.” — Unknown
  • “Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.”— Harold Bloom
  • “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
  • “‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” — Mark Twain
  • “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” — Umberto Eco

I love the smell of book ink in the morning.


  • “Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” — Ezra Pound
  • “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
  • “Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other.” — A.S. Byatt
  • “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for , years. To read is to voyage through time.” — Carl Sagan
  • “Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” — Jeanette Winterson
  • “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” — Jacqueline Kennedy
  • “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island…” — Walt Disney
  • “When you lose yourself in a book the hours grow wings and fly.” ― Chloe Thurlow
  • “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” — Jane Smiley
  • “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” ― George R.R. Martin

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.


  • “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury
  • “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
  • “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  • “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.” — Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “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
  • “Poetic language is a way of giving the sense of an answer, just a sense of one, that the story itself is unable to provide.” — Emily Ruskovich
  • “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 what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde
  • “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz

Think before you speak. Read before you think.


  • “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
  • “A book is a way for your imagination to be wild and free.” — Unknown
  • “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” —Mark Twain
  • “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” — Lena Dunham
  • “I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” — Emma Thompson