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42 Quotes About Books and Reading

Books are one of the greatest gifts to mankind. To be able to sift through the thoughts and stories of others yields such incredible opportunity and excitement. We are so very fortunate to have the chance to read, learn, imagine, and grow.

Here are forty-two motivational quotes about books and reading.


Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.
– Jim Rohn

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

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

Books are a uniquely portable magic.
– Stephen King

To learn to read is to light a fire.
– Victor Hugo

Books train your mind to imagination to think big.
– Taylor Swift

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

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
– Richard Steele

Those who will not read are no better off than those who cannot read.
– Jim Rohn

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
– Mason Cooley

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

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
– Annie Dillard

Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.
– Steven Spielberg

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

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

The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.
– Jim Rohn

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 feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books.
– Abraham Lincoln

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
– Kate DiCamillo

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

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
– John Green

It isn’t what the book costs. It’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.
– Jim Rohn

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

I am a part of everything that I have read.
– Theodore Roosevelt

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

No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.
– Lemony Snicket

A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.
– Louis L’Amour

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 only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn’t matter.
– Jim Rohn

We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.
– Judith Butler

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
– Mark Twain

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
– Mortimer Adler

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
– Albert Einstein

Reading without thinking will confuse you. Thinking without reading will place you in danger.
– Confucius

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
– Charles William Eliot

Don’t read a book and be a follower; read a book and be a student.
– Jim Rohn

The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.
– David Bailey

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

I never feel lonely if I’ve got a book – they’re like old friends. Even if you’re not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life.
– Emilia Fox

Reading is a gift. It’s something you can do almost anytime and anywhere. It can be a tremendous way to learn, relax, and even escape.
– Richard Carlson

When you lose yourself in a book the hours grow wings and fly.
– Chloe Thurlow

I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough… the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.
– John Adams

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