The 30 Best Quotes On Books And Reading

The 30 Best Quotes On Books And Reading

Writers Write is a comprehensive resource for writers. In this post, we share the 30 best quotes on books and reading.

If you love books and you love to read, you’ll enjoy this selection of quotations.

The 30 Best Quotes On Books And Reading

  1. Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. ~Jeanette Winterson
  2. Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness. ~Helen Keller
  3. It’s a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place. ~Cornelia Funke
  4. The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more. ~Patricia A. McKillip
  5. Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  6. Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled ‘This could change your life.’ ~Helen Exley
  7. Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. ~Lisa See
  8. Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you. ~Charles Bukowski
  9. Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. ~William Hazlitt
  10. A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him. ~Walter Mosley
  11. We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever. ~Philip Pullman
  12. 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
  13. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. ~Anna Quindlen
  14. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  15. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. ~Anne Lamott
  16. A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful. ~Maurice Sendak
  17. That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. ~Lemony Snicket
  19. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
  20. We read to know that we are not alone. ~William Nicholson
  21. There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things. ~Jeffrey Eugenides
  22. 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
  23. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~Jacqueline Kennedy
  24. Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books. ~Julian Barnes
  25. 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
  26. We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em. ~John Waters
  27. There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favourite book. ~Marcel Proust
  28. Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding. ~Stephen King
  29. Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations. ~Vladimir Nabokov
  30. To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~William Somerset Maugham

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Amanda Patterson by Amanda Patterson

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This article has 2 comments

  1. Angie rose maria

    Thank you so much Amanda. This was very helpful. All the quotation found at one place ?

  2. Bjarne Jakobsen

    “People think that stories are shaped by people.
    In fact, it’s the other way around.”
    -Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett

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