Top 100 Quotes About Reading and Books

Reading Books Quotes

Here’s the top list of quotes on importance of reading books. They will motivate kids as well as all of us to cultivate the habit of reading. Some in the list are famous quotes about reading from popular authors like Jim Rohn, Frank Zappa, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, Ralph Waldo Emerson and many others. There’s no doubt that once you go through these quotes and captions, you will find a great craving to start reading a book as soon as possible.

Quotes about Reading and Books

1. Reading means borrowing. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2. A good book has no ending. – R.D. Cumming

3. So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa

4. Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan

5. Beware of the person of one book. – Thomas Aquinas

6. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

7. The book you don’t read won’t help. – Jim Rohn

8. Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

9. There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway

10. Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey

11. No two persons ever read the same book. – Edmund Wilson

12. What is reading but silent conversation? – Walter Savage Landor

13. Are we not like two volumes of one book? – Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

14. Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. – Mary Schmich

15. The greatest gift is a passion for reading. – Elizabeth Hardwick

16. What you don’t know would make a great book. – Sydney Smith

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

18. Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West

19. In a good book the best is between the lines. – Swedish Proverb

20. A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett

21. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape. – Nora Ephron

22. The wise man reads both books and life itself. – Lin Yutang

23. I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books. – Jorge Luis Borges

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

25. A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. – Samuel Johnson

26. You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius

27. Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. – Angela Carter

28. A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

29. I was born with a reading list I will never finish. – Maud Casey

30. I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. – Steven Wright

31. A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

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32. Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

33. There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. – Maurice Sendak

34. Some books leave us free and some books make us free. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. Books had instant replay long before televised sports. – Bern Williams

36. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

37. A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. – Robert Aris Willmott

38. Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. – E.P. Whipple

39. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

40. A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit. – John Milton

41. Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – Harry S. Truman

42. The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. – Clarence Shepard Day

43. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. – Abraham Lincoln

44. Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

45. My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. – Thomas Helm

46. I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges

47. Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. – Augustine Birrell

48. There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. – Gail Carson Levine

49. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

50. A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. – Franz Kafka

51. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – W. B. Yeats

52. I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. – Charles de Secondat

53. No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. – Ann Landers

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

55. The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. – W. Somerset Maugham

56. I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. – C.S. Lewis

57. Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. – George Steiner

58. Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. – William Hazlitt

59. Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. – Harold Bloom

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60. Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

61. The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. – Theodore Parker

62. Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

63. A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – George R.R. Martin

64. There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

65. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. – Henry David Thoreau

66. That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. – Amos Bronson Alcott

67. Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint. – Markus Herz

68. Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. – James Russell Lowell

69. If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

70. It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle. – Sutton Elbert Griggs

71. There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. – Isaac D’Israeli

72. Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. – Unknown

73. One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper. – Michael Cunningham

74. Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P. J. O’Rourke

75. The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read. – Mark Twain

76. To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo

77. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. – Oscar Wilde

78. Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. – J.K. Rowling

79. One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind. – Ishmael Reed

80. Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Hazel Rochman

81. The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. – J.A. Langford

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82. Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. – Abraham Lincoln

83. A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. – Jerry Seinfield

84. Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes. – John LeCarre

85. There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book. – Josh Jameson

86. The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. – Oliver Goldsmith

87. Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. – Vera Nazarian

88. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy

89. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon

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

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

92. No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest. – J.A. Langford

93. I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget. – William Lyon Phelps

94. If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison

95. Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher

96. 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

97. 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

98. A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. – Gilbert K. Chesterton

99. There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. – Marcel Proust

100. The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen

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