35 Motivating Quotes About Books And Reading

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“So many books, so little time.”

-Frank Zappa

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

-Groucho Marx

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

-Haruki Murakami

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

-Ernest Hemingway

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

-Cassandra Clare

“… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

-George R.R. Martin

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

-Cassandra Clare

“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 William Eliot

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

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“Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.”

-Charlaine Harris

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


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

-Augustine of Hippo

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”

-George Bernard Shaw

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”

-Bertrand Russell

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”

-Henry Ward Beecher

“Books may well be the only true magic.”

-Alice Hoffman

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

-Fran Lebowitz

“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”

-Christopher Paolini

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

-Anna Quindlen

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”

-Diane Duane

“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”

-Arthur Conan Doyle

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.”

-Dave Eggers

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”

-David Foster Wallace

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”

-Christopher Morley

“The world was hers for the reading.”

-Betty Smith

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”

-Franz Kafka

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

-Franz Kafka

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“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

-Alan Bennett

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”

-George Orwell

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”

-Henry Miller

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”

-Horace Mann

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

-David Mitchell

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”

-Astrid Lindgren

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.”

-Guy de Maupassant


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