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50 of Our Favorite Quotes About Reading

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Who doesn’t love getting lost in a book? Reading not only opens up doors and inspires, it also serves as a timeless education for many. Using quotes about reading around your classroom can encourage students to start a new book series or learn something new. Check out this list of 50 of our favorite quotes about reading! 

Our Favorite Quotes About Reading

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

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn

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

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” —Fran Lebowitz

Think before you speak. Read before you think

“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

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- quotes about reading

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

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

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” —Diane Duane

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip

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

Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while- quotes about reading

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” —Stephen King

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

“Reading brings us unknown friends” —Honoré de Balzac

Reading brings us unknown friends- quotes about reading

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

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.

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

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

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

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

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

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.- quotes about reading

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

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

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” —Frederick Douglass

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” —Mark Twain

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.- quotes about reading

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” —Garrison Keillor

A book is a gift you can open again and again.- quotes about reading

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

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

“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 books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” —Bill Watterson

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.- quotes about reading

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

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.

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

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

“Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.” —Carl Sagan

Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.- quotes about reading

“Reading for me is spending time with a friend.” —Gary Paulsen

Reading for me is spending time with a friend.

“We read to know we’re not alone.” —William Nicholson

We read to know we're not alone.

“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” —Lloyd Alexander

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.- quotes about reading

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.” —Virginia Woolf

Books are the mirrors of the soul.

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

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

“What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.” —Oprah Winfrey

What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.- quotes about reading

“You will learn most things by looking, but reading gives understanding. Reading will make you free.” —Paul Rand

You will learn most things by looking, but reading gives understanding. Reading will make you free.- quotes about reading

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Joseph Addison

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” —Lisa See

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.- quotes about reading

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

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

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” —Kate DiCamillo

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.- quotes about reading

 “I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author.” —Elbert Hubbard

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

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

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

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” —Mason Cooley

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.- quotes about reading

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

“Putting down a good book can almost be an impossible act to do.” —Unknown

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

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

For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.- quotes about reading

“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” —George R.R. Martin

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

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” —Orhan Pamuk

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

“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 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.- quotes about reading

“Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.” —William Styron

Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.

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

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

“Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.” —Pam Allyn

Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.- quotes about reading

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —Margaret Fuller

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” —Theodore Roosevelt

I am a part of everything that I have read.

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

A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.- quotes about reading

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