Reading is a pleasant activity — one that you should always find time for. Why? Well, there are many reasons, but the most important are the fact that reading helps you disconnect when you need to, it opens your mind and it makes you wiser.
The more you read, the more you realize how little you actually know about the world you live in, and even about yourself. Reading makes you understand other people’s points of view, or their culture — it’s a chance to connect with others in a unique and profound way.
While reading you can explore the author’s imagination, or better yet, you can use your own to make everything you read even more interesting.
There are thousands of worlds and lives that can only be explored through reading. You will meet, resonate and connect with amazing characters only by enjoying a good book.
Read for pleasure or to gain more knowledge in whatever field interests you — it will feed your mind and soul!
Here are 180 reading quotes that you’ll love, regardless if you’re an avid reader or not:
Reading quotes to remind you of its importance
You don’t have to be or become a bookworm, but not reading at all means missing one of life’s greatest pleasures. We know, some people just don’t like reading, but we don’t think one can actually hate it. Once you find the right book for you and you’ll be patient enough to go through all its pages, you’ll see that reading is actually great.
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
C.S. LEWIS (more C. S. Lewis quotes)
We read to know we’re not alone.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
SIR FRANCIS BACON
You get a little moody sometimes but I think that’s because you like to read.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
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.
I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.
No. I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.
SARAH J. MAAS
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.
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
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth.
Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.
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.
That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
MARY ANN SHAFFER
Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.
Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?
He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read.
JORGE LUIS BORGES
I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.
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.
I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.
Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
The problem with books is that they end.
I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.
[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.
SIMON VAN BOOY
That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.
A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.
I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.
Reading quotes for kids to make them value books
Reading is for any age, but it is so important that we encourage children to do it. There are tons of great stories out there that will develop the child’s imagination and teach him to distinguish between good and evil. Children’s books are filled with hope, amazing places, exciting adventures, and heroes. A kid’s life is better with books in it, so make sure they know that.
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 the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
Reading brings us unknown friends.
HONORE DE BALZAC
We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.
URSULA K. LEGUIN
Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.
No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.
If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.
J.K ROWLING (more J. K. Rowling quotes)
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 sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.
Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.
Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If 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.
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.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
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.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
MORTIMER J. ADLER
At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.
Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.
Dr. Seuss reading quotes
Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved and quoted authors of all time. His stories and words have inspired and entertained people of all ages. One of his main goals was to motivate young kids to read, so here’s our list of Dr. Seuss reading quotes:
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.
Be awesome! Be a book nut!
Fill your house with books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.
Reading can take you places you have never been before.
Virtually every page is a cliffhanger – you’ve got to force them to turn it.
Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.
Fiction is my addiction.
It has often been said, there’s so much to be read, you never can cram all those words in your head. So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.
A book is just like life and anything can change.
You really can’t teach reading as a science. Love gets mixed up in it.
Read. Travel. Read. Ask. Read. Learn. Read. Connect. Read.
This book is to be read in bed.
You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.
Reading is our thing!
Reading quotes from books and literature
It’s no surprise that every great author has devoured books, but some of them were/are so passionate about reading that they mention it in their masterpieces. The way they talk about their love for books is almost contagious.
Here are the best reading quotes from books and literature that you should know:
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 (more J. D. Salinger quotes)
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
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.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
HARPER LEE (To Kill a Mockingbird quotes)
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN
I spent my life folded between the pages of books. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters.
Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
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.
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
The world was hers for the reading.
The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.
GEORGE ORWELL (more George Orwell quotes)
he 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 you.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
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.
When we read a story, we inhabit it. The 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 story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.
There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat. Amabel did both: they are not the same thing, as you will see if you think the matter over.
That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.
I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.
CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN
Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.
He read while he walked. He read while he ate. The other librarians suspected he somehow read while he slept, or perhaps didn’t sleep at all.
Read more quotes to make you grab a book
Trust us when we say that one life is not enough to go through all the great books ever written, so make sure you read as many as possible. Don’t force yourself to read other people’s recommendations because they might not suit your taste. Read for yourself, whatever interests you — that’s when reading becomes enjoyable.
Here’s our list of read more quotes that’ll make you grab a book in no time:
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 master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
‘Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.
Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
We live for books.
Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree?
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
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.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
ATWOOD H. TOWNSEND
The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.
PATRICIA A. MCKILLIP
I guess there are never enough books.
Sit in a room and read–and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.
My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it’ll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It’s like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.
Quotes about the wisdom of reading
It is impossible not to become smarter after reading books. Of course, maybe only a selection of them will actually make you wiser, but reading anything is better than not reading at all. In time, you will eventually learn how to pick the best books off a shelf. In the meantime, enjoy our list of quotes about the wisdom of reading.
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
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.
Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
All I have learned, I learned from books.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.
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!
RUSSELL T. DAVIES
Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.
I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.
Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on.
Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
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.
Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
You should never read just for ‘enjoyment.’ Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick ‘hard books.’ Ones you have to concentrate on while reading.
I am a part of everything that I have read.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.
In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.
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.
Inspiring quotes about reading
Books inspire us — they expand our thinking, our imagination and make us live countless lives through our favorite characters. So why wouldn’t you want all this when you can have it even for free? If you can’t afford books, you can always borrow them from friends or public libraries.
To increase your appetite for good books, we’ve handpicked a list of inspiring quotes about reading. Enjoy!
‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies’, said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN (more George R. R. Martin quotes)
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 (more Oscar Wilde quotes)
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It 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.
Think before you speak. Read before you think.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
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
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.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
A good book is an event in my life.
What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.
Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.
Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.
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.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
Literature is news that stays news.
Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn’t ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
MARY WORTLEY MONTAGU
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.
I was burning through books every day – stories about people and places I’d never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.
SARAH J. MAAS
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.
ALAIN DE BOTTON
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.
No two persons ever read the same book.
It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.
CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE
A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.
I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.