reading quotes

Reading quotes

Reading quotes
Books have the power to transport us to new worlds and different times, but they can also take us back to the important moments in our own lives.

There’s no doubt about it, everyone loves reading books for different reasons. Some people like the escape it provides from reality, some people enjoy the connections to the characters they experience in each book and other people love learning things from what they read.

All book lovers and avid readers know the true power of a good book and the experience that comes along with it. For those who can’t keep their noses out of a book here are the best quotes about reading to further your love for the beloved hobby.

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

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. – Charles Baudelaire

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

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

A book is a way for your imagination to be wild and free. – Unknown

A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. – Abraham Lincoln

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. – C.S. Lewis

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. – Italo Calvino

A good book is an event in my life. – Stendhal

A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. – Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. – David Mitchell

A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting. – Walter Mosley

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.Martin (American novelist and short-story writer, screenwriter, and television producer. He is the author of the series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted into the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones)

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

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. – Robertson Davies

A well-read woman is a dangerous creature. – Lisa Kleypas

A word after a word after a word is power. – Margaret Atwood

Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading. – Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Arthur Conan Doyle – It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own – It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Beware of the person of one book. – Thomas Aquinas

Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world. – Jeanette Winterson

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King (American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels)

Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread. – Henry Stevens

Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills usSecond-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. – Virginia Woolf, Street Haunting

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.BWhite

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. – Stephen Fry

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

Books are the escape you never knew you needed until you start reading. – Unknown

Books are the movies of our minds. – Unknown

Books are the plane, and the train, and the roadThey are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen

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

Books are things of fiction that seem like reality. – Unknown

Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic. – Carl Sagan

Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw. – David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. – Abraham Lincoln (American statesman and lawyer who served as the th president of the United States from until his assassination in )

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

Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. – Arnold Lobel

Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey

Character, to me, is the life’s blood of fiction. – Donna Tartt

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

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

Classic – a book which people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain (American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.)

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. – Voltaire (French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher)

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. – Gustave Flaubert

Don’t get into a relationship with someone who doesn’t own any books. – Unknown

Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge. – Alberto Manguel

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. – Socrates

Every book is a new adventure. – Unknown

Everyone should make reading one of their hobbies. – Unknown

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. – Neil Gaiman

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. – Dr. Seuss

Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind. – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. – Voltaire

For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime. – Audrey Hepburn

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earthWhat a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite youBooks help us understand who we are and how we are to behaveThey show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. – Anne Lamott

From the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Happiness. That’s what books smell like. Happiness. That’s why I always wanted to have a bookshop. What better life than to trade in happiness? – Saran MacLean

Has a person who hardly ever reads truly ever lived? – Unknown

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. – Henry David Thoreau

I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like thatIf I stop reading, I die. – Patrick Rothfuss

I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time. – Virginia Woolf

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

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

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the or so books I possess. – H.P. Lovecraft

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 do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book. – J.K.Rowling

I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author. – Elbert Hubbar

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx (American comedian, actor, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star)

I guess there are never enough books. – John Steinbeck (American author and the Nobel Prize in Literature winner)

I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage. – Roald Dahl

I have always imagined paradise as a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges.

I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down. – Edgar Allan Poe

I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in. – Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, most noted for writing Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)

I love books. I adore everything about themI love the feel of the pages on my fingertipsThey are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideasI love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprintsBooks make people quiet, yet they are so loud. – Nnedi Okorafor

I love the smell of book ink in the morning. – Umberto Eco

I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books. – Gary Paulse

I read a book one day and my whole life was changed. – Orhan Pamuk

I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most. – Margaret Atwood

I still love booksNothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. – Ray Bradbury, Farenheit

I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. – Emma Thompson

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab usIf the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had toBut we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicideA book must be the axe for the frozen sea within usThat is my belief. – Franz Kafka

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutesIt involves Russia. – Woody Allen

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised. – Wisława Szymborska

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

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

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

If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books. – Roald Dahl

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to writeSimple as that. – Stephen King

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. – J.KRowling (Joanne Rowling) CH, OBE (British author and philanthropist – Harry Potter Fame)

If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it. – Beverly Cleary

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories. – Michael Ende

If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads. – Francois Mauriac

If you’re looking for some magic in your life, open up a book. – Unknown

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 JAdler

In the end, we’ll all become stories. – Margaret Atwood

Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? – Mo had said… – As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar. – Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. – C.S. Lewis

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. – Arthur Conan Doyle

It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially. – Donna Tartt, The Secret History

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it – 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

It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else. – John Waters

It’s hard to believe that reading words on pages can truly change your life for the better. – Unknown

It’s not that I don’t like peopleIt’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book. – Maureen Corrigan

Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style. – R.L.Stine

Keep readingIt’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have. – Lloyd Alexander

Leaders are always readers. – Kevin Trudeau

Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read. – Jorge Luis Borges

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

Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading. – Lena Dunham

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. – Anne Herbert

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. – Fernando Pessoa

Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience. – David Levithan

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. – George Bernard Shaw (Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist)

Man reading should be man intensely aliveThe book should be a ball of light in one’s hand. – Ezra Pound

Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. – Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Novel

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

My alma mater was books, a good library…I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. – Malcolm X (African American Muslim minister and human rights activist)

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence. – Edith Sitwell

Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today. – Holbrook Jackson

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. – Lemony Snicket

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. – C.S. Lewis

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. – Mary Wortley Montagu

No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

No tears in the writer, no tears in the readerNo surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. – Robert Frost

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

No. I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material. – Sarah JMaas

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – President Harry Truman

Not reading should be a sin. – Unknown

Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetimeA good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper. – David Quammen

Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words! – Betty Smith

Once upon a time is one of the most magical phrases you’ll ever read. – Unknown

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you. – Louis L’Amour

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

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

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

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. – Cassandra Clare

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friendInside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

People can lose their lives in librariesThey ought to be warned. – Saul Bellow

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

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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

Putting down a good book can almost be an impossible act to do. – Unknown

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. – Bill Patterson

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. – Lisa See

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

Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the masterRead! You’ll absorb itThen writeIf it’s good, you’ll find outIf it’s not, throw it out of the window. – William Faulkner

Reading – even browsing – an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. – James Gleick

Reading brings us unknown friends. – Honoré de Balzac

Reading for me, is spending time with a friend. – Gary Paulsen

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

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

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

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. – Mark Haddon

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. – Mary Schmich

Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universeSuddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them. – George Saunders

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

Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work. – Khaled Hosseini

Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. – Malorie Blackman

Reading is an intelligent way of not having to think. – Walter Moers

Reading is departure and arrival. – Terri Guillemets

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

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read. – Anne Brontë

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul. – Joyce Carol Oates

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

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Jean Rhys

Reading means borrowing. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. – Diane Duane

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a dutyIt should be offered as a gift. – Kate DiCamillo

Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape – I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read. – Christian Bauman

Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head. – Paul Auster

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

Reading… a vacation for the mind… – Dave Barry

Reading-even browsing-an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. – James Gleick

Reading-the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. – William Styron

Salvation is certainly among the reasons I readReading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my lifeStories have given me a place in which to lose myselfThey have allowed me to rememberThey have allowed me to forgetThey have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds. – Roxane Gay

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. – Louisa May Alcott

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

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. – Napoléon Bonaparte (French military and political leader)

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. – George R.RMartin

So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the seaThese books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone. – Roald Dahl, Matilda

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall. – Roald Dahl (Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot.)

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

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. – Sir Francis Bacon

Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories. – Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. – Albert Einstein

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

Stories have endless possibilities and can take you any place your heart dreams of going. – Unknown

Take a good book to bed with you – books do not snore. – Thea Dorn

TED Talk: How books can open your mind – Lisa Bu

That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. – Aphra Behn

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

The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries. – Kurt Vonnegut

The best books… are those that tell you what you know already. – George Orwell,

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to youNow here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long deadAnd it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours. – Alan Bennett, The History Boys

The cheapest form of adventure is a book. – Unknown

The end is one of the saddest sentences you’ll ever come across. – Unknown

The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night. – Isabel Allende

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t. – Mark Twain (American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer)

The more that you read, the more things you will knowThe more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss (American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker)

The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library. – Albert Einstein

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read. – Benjamin Franklin (Founding Fathers of the United StatesA polymath, he was a leading writer, printer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat)

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. – Rene Descartes

The story is truly finished – and meaning is made – not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters. – Celeste Ng

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulpThe reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. – Ursula K. LeGuin

The world belongs to those who read. – Rick Holland

The world was hers for the reading. – Betty Smith

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones – The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. – Joseph Joubert

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

There are worse crimes than burning booksOne of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney ( American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer.)

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away. – Emily Dickinson (American poet)

There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read-unless it be reading while you eat. – ENesbit

These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone. – Roald Dahl

Think before you speak. Read before you think. – Fran Lebowitz

Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other. – A.SByatt, Possession

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. – W.Somerset Maugham

To know a man’s library is, in some measure, to know a man’s mind. – Geraldine Brooks

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

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

Turning the pages of a good book can influence you more than you might think. – Unknown

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to readOne does not love breathing. – Harper Lee (American novelist is best known for her novel To Kill a Mockingbird)

We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read. – Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

We live for books. – Umberto Eco

We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind. – Anna Quindlen

We read to know we’re not alone. – William Nicholson

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. – Austin Phelps

What a blessing it is to love books. – Elizabeth von Arnim

What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright. – Gustave Flaubert

What isn’t said is as important as what is said. – Colson Whitehead

What kind of life can you have in a house without books? – Sherman Alexie

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 itThat doesn’t happen much, though. – J.DSalinger

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. – Erasmus

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literatureIf I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. – Maya Angelou

When we read a story, we inhabit itThe covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the storyAnd this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. – John Berger

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

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

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? – Henry Ward Beecher

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. – Annie Proulx

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C.S. Lewis (British writer and lay theologian)

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. – Ray Bradbury

You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book. – John Waters

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 may have tangible wealth untoldCaskets of jewels and coffers of goldRicher than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me. – Strickland Gillilan

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you readIt was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive. – James Baldwin

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child. – Anita Merina

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