50 Quotes About Reading That Every Reader Will Love

Need some reading inspiration? Here are 50 quotes about reading that will inspire your inner book worm. 🐛

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Literature is news that stays news.” – Ezra Pound

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Helen Exley

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” – Anna Quindlen

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

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

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

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.” – Helen Exley

“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

“Reading… a vacation for the mind….” – Dave Barry

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

“Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder.” – Austin Kleon

“The reader leaves his mark on the book, as the book leaves its mark on the reader.” – Gabrielle Dubois

“There is this idea that you either read to escape or you read to find yourself.” – Matt Haig

“An unread book does nobody any good. Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page.” – Brandon Mull

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

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

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

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

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” – Harold Kushner

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Anonymous

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” – John Green

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

“We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.” – Anonymous

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

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

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

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

“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

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” – Gary Paulsen

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

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

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” – Mary Schmich

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

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

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

“Reading is departure and arrival.” – Terri Guillemets

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry Truman

“Think of this – that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other.” – A.S. Byatt

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

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

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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