31 Stunning Quotes About Reading That Will Make You Want To Pick Up A Book Right Now

Vaclav Mach
Vaclav Mach

1. “There are no faster or firmer friendships than those between people who love the same books.”

–Irving Stone

2. “My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.”

–Thomas Helm

3. “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.”

–Vera Nazarian

4. “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”

–Barbara W. Tuchman

5. “From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.”

–Helen Hayes

6. “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

7. “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.”

— Maya Angelou

8. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

— Jorge Luis Borges

9. “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”

–Author Unknown

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

–Haruki Murakami

11. “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

12. “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”

–P.J. O’Rourke

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

–C.S. Lewis

14. “A great book should leave you with many experiences and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”

–William Styron

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

–Henry Ward Beecher

16. “We read to know that we are not alone.”

–C.S. Lewis

17. “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, or who had ever been alive.”

— James Baldwin

18. “If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.”

–Arthur Helps

19. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”

–Henry David Thoreau

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

–Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

21. “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

22. “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

23. “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”

— Neil Gaiman

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

— Victor Hugo

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

–Henry Ward Beecher

26. “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”

–Alan Bennett

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

— Ernest Hemingway

28. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”

— Madeleine L’Engle

29. “Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.”

–Jessamyn West

30. “The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.”

–Christopher Morley

31. “A good book has no ending.”

–R.D. Cumming Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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