Quotes About Reading To Inspire Book Lovers

Here are some of the best quotes about reading that we hand picked just for you! From famous authors to TV shows/films to historical figures, reading truly is a timeless hobby. We have everything that you could possibly want, right here on one page. So don’t wait around and check it out right now!

Quotes About Reading From Books

“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

“We read to know we’re not alone.”

― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

“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 Fault in Our Stars

“I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material.”

― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

“Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

― Ruth Rendell, A Judgement in Stone

“The more that 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!

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”

― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“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, Pride and Prejudice

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.”

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”

― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
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From TV Shows and Films

“You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!

― David Tennant, Doctor Who (Tooth and Claw in Season 2)

“Sometimes we don’t pick the books we read, they pick us.”

― Liev Schreiber (Sam), The Hurricane

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

― Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Game of Thrones

“That’s sad. People buying books because of what’s popular, and not because they wanna be moved or changed in some way.”

― Elizabeth Lail (Guinevere Beck), You

“When I read, nobody’s after me. When I read, I’m the one who’s chasing.”

― Mel Gibson (James Murray), The Professor and the Madman

“People read about love as one thing and experience it as another. Well, they expect kisses to be like lyrical poems and embraces to be like Shakespearean dramas.”

― Ingrid Bergman (Dr. Constance Petersen), Spellbound

“It must be really nice to have a job where you get to sit around and read all day.”

― Taylor Schilling (Angela), The Public

“I’m very non-physically resourceful. I read a lot of intelligence, I read a lot of poems, and I’ve read all of the ‘Hunger Games’.”

― Miranda Hart (Nancy B. Artingstall), Spy

“Writers write things to give readers something to read.”

― Sir Sean Connery (William Forrester), Finding Forrester

“I believe the characters we read on the page become more real than the men who stand beside us.”

― Natalie Portman (Jackie Kennedy), Jackie
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Quotes About Reading by Authors

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

― C.S. Lewis

“Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them.”

― Lloyd Alexander

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

― George R. R. Martin

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

― Oscar Wilde

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

― Voltaire

“′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”

― Mark Twain

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

― C.S. Lewis

“Read. Read the things they say are good for you, and the things they claim are junk. You’ll find what you need to find. Just read.”

― Neil Gaiman

“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

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

― Mortimer J. Adler

“Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map.”

― Stephen King

“Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree?”

― Christopher Paolini

“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”

― Lisa Kleypas

“Reading brings us unknown friends”

― Honore de Balzac

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

― Stephen King
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Quotes by Academics & Activists

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”

― Nora Ephron

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”

― Margaret Fuller

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

― Logan Pearsall Smith

“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

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”

― Sir Francis Bacon

“We live for books.”

― Umberto Eco

“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

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

― John Locke

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”

― Francois Mauriac

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

― Joseph Joubert

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”

― Malcolm X

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”

― Carl Sagan

“This week I’ve been reading a lot and doing little work. That’s the way things ought to be. That’s surely the road to success.”

― Anne Frank

“Literature is my Utopia”

― Helen Keller
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Quotes By Famous People

“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!”

― John Waters

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

― Groucho Marx

“The saddest thing about myself is that I never read a book. I never got the habit.”

― Anthony George Newly

“I feel happy and secure when I’m on my bed with a good book… I forget everything which is terrible in our world.”

― Françoise Hardy

“Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.”

― Steven Spielberg

“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”

― Stephen Fry

“You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.”

― John Waters

“I love to read, and I like the fact that there’s some silence in my life.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“If you read in front of your kids, it’s very likely that they’ll become readers, too.”

― John Lithgow

“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.”

― Benedict Cumberbatch

“I’m one of those freaky people that actually reads books.”

― Jason Momoa

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