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70 of Our Favorite Quotes About Reading

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Who doesn’t love getting lost in a book? Reading not only opens up doors and inspires, it also serves as a timeless education for many. Using quotes about reading around your classroom can encourage students to start a new book series or learn something new. Check out this list of 70 of our favorite quotes about reading!

Our Favorite Quotes About Reading

“It was a wonderful night, such a night as is only possible when we are young, dear reader.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"It was a wonderful night, such a night as is only possible when we are young, dear reader." —Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn

Quotes about reading - Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.
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“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” —Fran Lebowitz

Think before you speak. Read before you think
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“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” —Mortimer J. Adler

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” —Dr. Seuss

Quotes about reading - The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go
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“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” —Diane Duane

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip
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“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” —Malorie Blackman

Quotes about reading - Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while
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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” —Stephen King

Books are a uniquely portable magic.
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“Reading brings us unknown friends.” —Honoré de Balzac

Reading brings us unknown friends
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“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” —Louis L’Amour

Quotes about reading - Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” —Walt Disney

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
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“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” —Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
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“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” —Abraham Lincoln

Quotes about reading - Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” —Frederick Douglass

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
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“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” —Garrison Keillor

A book is a gift you can open again and again.
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“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” —Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
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“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” —Emma Thompson

Quotes about reading - I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.
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“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” —Bill Watterson

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
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“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” —J.K. Rowling

Quotes about reading - If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.
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“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” —Horace Mann

“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” —Horace Mann
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“Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.” —Carl Sagan

Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.
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“Reading for me is spending time with a friend.” —Gary Paulsen

Reading for me is spending time with a friend.
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“We read to know we’re not alone.” —William Nicholson

Quotes about reading - We read to know we're not alone.
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“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” —Lloyd Alexander

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.
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“Books are the mirrors of the soul.” —Virginia Woolf

Books are the mirrors of the soul.
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“Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” —Jeanette Winterson

Quotes about reading - Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.
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“What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.” —Oprah Winfrey

What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.
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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Richard Steele

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Richard Steele
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“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” —Lisa See

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.
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“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” —Rene Descartes

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
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“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
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“And so he was reading the story as if it were a spell and the words of it, spoken aloud, could make magic happen.” —Kate DiCamillo

“And so he was reading the story as if it were a spell and the words of it, spoken aloud, could make magic happen.” —Kate DiCamillo
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“The world is shaped by two things—stories told and the memories they leave behind.” —Vera Nazarian

“The world is shaped by two things—stories told and the memories they leave behind.” —Vera Nazarian
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“Even in writing an annual report, the unconscious plays a role.” —Mason Cooley

“Even in writing an annual report, the unconscious plays a role.” —Mason Cooley
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“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

Quotes about reading - Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree?
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“Putting down a good book can almost be an impossible act to do.” —Unknown

Putting down a good book can almost be an impossible act to do
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“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” —George R.R. Martin

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” —George R.R. Martin
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“Immersing oneself in the problems of a book is a good way to keep from thinking of love.” —Orhan Pamuk

“Immersing oneself in the problems of a book is a good way to keep from thinking of love.” —Orhan Pamuk
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“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” —Ben Okri

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” —Ben Okri
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“Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.” —William Styron

Reading—the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.
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“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems.” —Abraham Lincoln

“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems.” —Abraham Lincoln
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“Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.” —Pam Allyn

Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.
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“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —W. Fusselman

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” —W. Fusselman
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“I am a part of everything that I have read.” —Unknown

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” —Unknown
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“A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.” —Louis L’Amour

Quotes about reading - A parent or a teacher has only his lifetime; a good book can teach forever.
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“I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.” —John Cheever

"I can't write without a reader. It's precisely like a kiss—you can't do it alone." —John Cheever
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“I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”—William Lyon Phelps

"I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget."—William Lyon Phelps
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“Books themselves need no defense. Their spokesmen come and go, their readers live and die, they remain constant.” —Lawrence Clark Powell

"Books themselves need no defense. Their spokesmen come and go, their readers live and die, they remain constant." —Lawrence Clark Powell
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“The profession of the writer has its thorns about which the reader does not dream.” —Henryk Sienkiewicz

"The profession of the writer has its thorns about which the reader does not dream." —Henryk Sienkiewicz
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“Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.” —William Cobbett

"Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers." —William Cobbett
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“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

"The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story." —Ursula K. Le Guin
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“As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note.” —Seamus Heaney

"As writers and readers, as sinners and citizens, our realism and our aesthetic sense make us wary of crediting the positive note." —Seamus Heaney
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“While the spoken word can travel faster, you can’t take it home in your hand. Only the written word can be absorbed wholly at the convenience of the reader.” —Kingman Brewster Jr.

"While the spoken word can travel faster, you can't take it home in your hand. Only the written word can be absorbed wholly at the convenience of the reader." —Kingman Brewster Jr.
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“One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.” —Amos Bronson Alcott

"One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well." —Amos Bronson Alcott
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“There isn’t any distinction between a reader and a writer—reading is so much a part of it.” —Dermot Healy

"There isn't any distinction between a reader and a writer—reading is so much a part of it." —Dermot Healy
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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

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one." —George R.R. Martin
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“The newspaper fits the reader’s program while the listener must fit the broadcaster’s program.” —Kingman Brewster Jr.

"The newspaper fits the reader's program while the listener must fit the broadcaster's program." —Kingman Brewster Jr.
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“A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.” —Dean Acheson

"A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer." —Dean Acheson
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“If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader.” —Sarah Fielding

"If modesty and candor are necessary to an author in his judgment of his own works, no less are they in his reader." —Sarah Fielding
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“A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader’s soul.” —Stendhal

"A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader's soul." —Stendhal
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“Each reader discovers for himself that, with respect to the simpler features of nature, succeeding poets have done little else than copy his similes.” —Henry David Thoreau

"Each reader discovers for himself that, with respect to the simpler features of nature, succeeding poets have done little else than copy his similes." —Henry David Thoreau
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“Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keep coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists …” —Stephen King

"Readers have a loyalty that cannot be matched anywhere else in the creative arts, which explains why so many writers who have run out of gas can keep coasting anyway, propelled on to the bestseller lists ..." —Stephen King
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“Authors frequently say things they are unaware of; only after they have gotten the reactions of their readers do they discover what they have said.” —Umberto Eco

"Authors frequently say things they are unaware of; only after they have gotten the reactions of their readers do they discover what they have said." —Umberto Eco
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“Good writers have two things in common: They prefer to be understood rather than admired; and they do not write for knowing and over-acute readers.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

"Good writers have two things in common: They prefer to be understood rather than admired; and they do not write for knowing and over-acute readers." —Friedrich Nietzsche
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“The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Homeliness is almost as great a merit in a book as in a house, if the reader would abide there. It is next to beauty, and a very high art.” —Henry David Thoreau

"Homeliness is almost as great a merit in a book as in a house, if the reader would abide there. It is next to beauty, and a very high art." —Henry David Thoreau
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“The true reader reads every work seriously in the sense that he reads it wholeheartedly, makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every work solemnly or gravely. … He will never commit the error of trying to munch whipped cream as if it were venison.” —C.S. Lewis

"The true reader reads every work seriously in the sense that he reads it wholeheartedly, makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every work solemnly or gravely. … He will never commit the error of trying to munch whipped cream as if it were venison." —C.S. Lewis
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“Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me.” —L. Frank Baum

"Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me." —L. Frank Baum
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“Writing is not like painting where you add. … Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.” —Elie Wiesel

"Writing is not like painting where you add. ... Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain." —Elie Wiesel
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