30 Motivating Quotes About Books And Reading

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April 30th, 2018   |   Updated on March 18th, 2020

1. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”-C.S. Lewis


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


3. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”-C.S. Lewis


4. “Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”-Cassandra Clare


5. “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


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

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


8. “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”-C.S. Lewis


9. “There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”-Bertrand Russell


10. “If you’re reading this…Congratulations, you’re alive.If that’s not something to smile about,then I don’t know what is.”-Chad Sugg


11. “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”-C.S. Lewis


12. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”-Benjamin Franklin


13. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.”-Fran Lebowitz


14. “Reader’s Bill of Rights:1. The right to not read. 2. The right to skip pages. 3. The right to not finish. 4. The right to reread. 5. The right to read anything. 6. The right to escapism. 7. The right to read anywhere. 8. The right to browse 9. The right to read out loud 10. The right to not defend your tastes”-Daniel Pennac


15. “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”-Carlos Ruiz Zafon


16. “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


17. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”-Anna Quindlen


18. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”-Diane Duane


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


20. “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


21. “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


22. “The world was hers for the reading.”-Betty Smith

23. “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


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


25. “The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”-George Orwell


26. “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


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


28. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”-Fernando Pessoa


29. “Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”-Carol Shields


30. “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


31. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.”-Edith Wharton


32. “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