50 Beautiful Quotes About Books & Reading

As you know – I love Quotes and I love reading. And to combine two things I really love in life was just the most easy and natural things to do. Books make my world more complete. Reading them gives me a place to escape to when I need it, it’s a place that can excite me, give me peace and makes me calm. I didn’t always like reading – when I was little it used to frustrate me a lot but with the help of my sister I learned to love it. I will honestly be forever grateful that she gave me that gift! Searching for these Quotes was a true joy. I couldn’t put all the beautiful Quotes in this list because that would make it way too long…only 50 Quotes could make the cut.


These Quotes represent so much of how I feel about books and reading and hopefully they will inspire you too!


Jhumpa Lahiri – “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet”

Paul Sweeney – “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”

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

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

Frank Zappa – “So many books, so little time”

Marcus Tullius Cicero – “A room without books is like a body without a soul”

Stephen King – “Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once”

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

Thomas Jefferson – “I cannot live without books”

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



Stephen King – “Books are a uniquely portable magic”

George R.R. Martin – “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies – the man who never reads lives only one”

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

Fran Lebowitz – “Think before you speak – read before you think”

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

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

Stendhal – “A good book is an event in my life”

Betty Smith – “The world was hers for the reading”

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

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


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

Thomas Aquinas – “Beware of the person of one book”

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

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

Austin Phelps – “Wear the old coat and buy the new book”

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

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

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

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

Mary Schmich – “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere”20190107_140809_0000.png


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mortimer J. Adler – “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life”

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



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

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

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

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

George Bernard Shaw – “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself”

Saul Bellow – “People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned”

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

Logan Pearsall Smith – “People say that life is the thing but I prefer reading”

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

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


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