Quotations about Reading, Books and Authors


"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries."

Anne Herbert


"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience; this is the ideal life."

Mark Twain


"Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas.  They're never fattening, seldom sinful and permanently personal."

Leonore Hershey


"We live through books; we have adventures in them, we lead alternative lives through them. 

We expand our memories through them.  And that sometimes art can offer us more intense experiences of the world than life itself can."


"Here's what I mean by the miracle of language.  When you're falling into a good book, exactly as you might fall into a dream, a little conduit opens, a passageway between a reader's heart and a writer's, a connection that transcends the barriers of continents and generations and even death.....

And here's the magic.  You're different. You can never go back to being exactly the same person you were before you disappeared into that book."

both by Anthony Doerr


"Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. 

And guess what?  All you have to do is go to the library."

Henry Frederic Amiel - Swiss Philosopher 1821-1881


"A great reader seldom recognizes his solitude."

Mason Cooley


"We all need our inspiration refreshed regularly, and the way to get it is to turn to inspiring friends and inspiring books."

Andrei Codresu


"I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors."

Elena Ferante


"Libraries promote reading.

Reading promotes understanding.

Understanding reduces conflict and promotes peace.



Plum Johnson


"There are three rules for writing the great English novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."

Somerset Maugham


"No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic."

Ann Landers


"I think it is impossible to reach your full potential as a human being without being a reader."

LeVar Burton


"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.

The man who never reads lives only one."


"We read books to find out who we are.  What other people, real or imaginary, do

and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become."

Ursula K. LeGuin


"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age,

as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight."

Robertson Davies


"Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books -

they are dreams and knowledge, they are a future, and a past."

Esther Meynell


"If you have a garden and a library, you have all you need."

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

both by Cicero, Roman philosopher 


"Books, the children of the brain."  

Jonathan Swift


"O, there is lovely to feel a book, a good book, firm in the hand, for its fatness holds rich promise, and you are hot inside to think of good hours to come."  

Richard Llewellyn (page 464 - How Green Was My Valley)


"We all need our inspiration refreshed regularly - and the way to get it is to turn to inspiring friends and inspiring books."

Andrei Codresu


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

Victor Hugo


"Books are a uniquely portable magic." and

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:

read a lot and write a lot."

Stephen King


"Read.  Read.  Read.

Write.  Write.  Write."

Margaret Atwood


"The finest thing we can do in life is to grow a soul and then use it in service of humankind.  Writers foster the growth of reader's souls, and the best soil for growth is love.  Writing can be love made visible.  In the end, one of our best ways to truly change readers is to love them.  We can create a world in which those who know teach those who wish to learn.  We writers may not live to see the changes that we work for, but readers will enjoy the shade of the trees we have planted."

Mary Pipher - "Writing to Change the World"


"Reading is sometimes thought of as a form of escapism, and it's a common turn of phrase

to speak of getting lost in a book. But a book can also be where one finds oneself; and

when a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life

so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself."

Rebecca Mead


"Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own,

which in turn makes us more empathetic beings."

Anne Patchett


"You start dying slowly

if you do not travel,

if you do not read......."

- from the poem 'You start dying slowly' by Pablo Neruda


"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set,

I go into the other room and read a book."

Groucho Marx


"Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather

and a little music........." John Keats


"What is reading, but silent conversation."

Charles Lamb


"Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books."

from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


"I am a part of all I have read." John Kieran


"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -

the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures,

beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself." Henry Miller


"There is no friend as loyal as a book." - Ernest Hemingway


"One of the greatest gifts to give a child is the love of reading." - anon


"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like Reading!

How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book."


"If a book is well-written, I always find it too short."


 "If I go too long without picking up a good book, I feel like I've done nothing useful with my life."

Jane Austen


"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 Elliot


"Five years from now you will be pretty much the same as you are today

except for two things: the books you read

and the people you get close to." Charles Jones


"The man who does not read good books has no advantage

over the man who cannot read." Mark Twain


"We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginery,

do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are or may become."

Ursula K. LeGuin


"When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue -

you sell him a whole new life." Christopher Morley


"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.

Just get people to stop reading them." Mohandas Gandhi


"Be careful about reading health books -

you may die of a misprint." Mark Twain


"A book is a path of words which takes the heart

in new directions." John O'Donohue


"Reading gave me hope." Oprah Winfrey


"Life is full of wonderful passions that come and go over the years,

but the only one that will never let you down is reading." Miss Manners


"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts,

it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a

wide kind. It is a moral illumination." Elizabeth Hardwick


"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all." Thoreau


"You cannot open a book without learning something." - and

"No matter how busy you are, you must find time for reading,

or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

both are quotes by Confuciuc,Chinese Philosopher 551 BC-479 BC


"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,

and some few to be chewed and digested."

Francis Bacon, English philosopher 1561-1626


"If I could always read, I should never feel the want of company."

Lord Byron, English Poet 1788-1824


"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest

minds of past centuries." Rene Descartes


"A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.

Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation.

Lend and borrow to the maximum - of both books and money!

But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money.

A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you.

When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched.

But when you pass it on, you are enriched threefold." Henry Miller


"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life." Mortimer Adler


"Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day

makes that day happier." Kathleen Norris


Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx


"The greatest gift that you can give to children is your time.

The best way to spend that time is by reading with them."


"If a book is a journey, each word is a stepping stone."  

M. J. Lake


"If you can read you can cook."

"I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else."

"Write the book you want to read."

"Reading is dreaming with eyes wide open."

"When in doubt, go to the Library."

"When the week-end comes, I'll be booked."