30 Best Quotes About Reading and Books

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Bookworms and book-lovers, here are 30 inspiring reading quotes. Reading is a wonderful pastime that opens doors to new friends, places, stories, and universes. Find out what the best minds think about reading and books.

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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. -George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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’re never alone when you’re reading a book. -Susan Wiggs

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A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. -Chinese Proverb

The reader became the book; and summer night was like the conscious being of the book. -Wallace Stevens

I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours. -Dorothy Parker, The Collected Dorothy Parker

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

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 can’t enjoy art or books in a hurry. -E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

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If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find ‘reality’ a bit of a disappointment. -Joe Queenan, One for the Books

The true reader reads every work seriously in the sense that he reads it whole-heartedly, makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every work solemly or gravely. For he will read ‘in the same spirit that the author writ.’… He will never commit the error of trying to munch whipped cream as if it were venison. -C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. -Joseph Addison

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We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. -B. F. Skinner

To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. -A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. –Logan Pearsall Smith, Trivia, 1917

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  -Joseph Addison

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

Book lovers never go to bed alone. 

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Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. -Angela Carter

Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought. -Arthur Helps

We read to know we are not alone. -C.S. Lewis

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

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. -Edmund Burke

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries. -Descartes

quotes on book reading

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. -Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Also Read: 15 Of The Best Dr. Seuss Quotes With Pictures

Reading will give you lasting pleasure. -First Lady Laura Bush (quoted in U.S. News & World Report)

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. -Elizabeth Hardwick

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

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

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

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