50 Most Powerful Quotes On The Importance Of Reading

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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

-George R.R. Martin

“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.”

-John Green

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

-C.S. Lewis

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

-Dr. Seuss

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

-Groucho Marx

“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. That doesn’t happen much, though.”

-J.D. Salinger

“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.”

-John Green

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

-Jane Austen

“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

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

-Harper Lee

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

-C.S. Lewis

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”

-Gustave Flaubert

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

-George R.R. Martin

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

-Francis Bacon

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”

-C.S. Lewis

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

-C.S. Lewis

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

-Fran Lebowitz

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”

-Jane Smiley

“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.”

-James Baldwin

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

-Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally and often far more worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

-C.S. Lewis

“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

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

-Aldous Huxley

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

-Italo Calvino

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.”

-Cornelia Funke

“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

“The world was hers for the reading.”

-Betty Smith

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

-John Locke

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“From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”

-Groucho Marx

“The 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. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

-Alan Bennett

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

-François Mauriac

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

-George Orwell

“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.”

-C.S. Lewis

“Reading brings us unknown friends”

-Honor de Balzac

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

-David Mitchell

“Have you really read all those books in your room?

Alaska laughing- Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.”

-John Green

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”

-Fernando Pessoa

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”

-Annie Proulx

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”

-Franz Kafka

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

—Garrison Keillor

Moral Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.

—Kofi Annan

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

—Frederick Douglass

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

—Emilie Buchwald

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.

—Carl Sagan

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.

—Kate DiCamillo

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

—Groucho Marx

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.

—May Ellen Chase

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

—Victor Hugo


If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami


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


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


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


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


The book you don’t read won’t help. – Jim Rohn


A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. — Neil Gaiman


In a good book the best is between the lines. – Swedish Proverb


Books are a uniquely portable magic. — Stephen King


A house without books is like a room without windows. — Heinrich Mann


He that loves reading has everything within his reach. — William Godwin


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


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller



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


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


Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, literature is freedom. — Susan Sontag


We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate. — Henry Miller


For all I know, writing comes out of superior devotion to reading. — Eudora Welty


By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we mediate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.
— Kurt Vonnegut


As a father, I understand the importance of the bond that develops through reading picture books with your child. — Anthony Browne


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