105 Reading Quotes That Will Make You Grab A Book

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Just like everyone has a taste for a different cup of tea, readers too have different tastes for various writing genres. Some love autobiographies, some are here for the technological and alien-related stuff, some love sci-fi, some long for love stories, and the most intriguing genre from ever being the murder mysteries and suspense. And they do not make you a killer, trust me, they will just awaken a sense of love in you for that really irresistible antagonist of the novel, that might even make you doubt yourself, but that happens to the best of us. They are written that way. So here are the best motivational Reading Quotes and Sayings that will awaken the reader in you.

A person who does not read is missing out on so much but they will never know because this is a little secret of book lovers. And a person who reads can read a whole 500-page novel in three days. We all have that sucker in us for intriguing stories of other people or fiction.

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We often hear that the women who read novels have high love and living standards, but can we blame them after reading how each and every moment of a story is written, I guess no. So here are the best Reading Quotes and sayings that will make you start a new novel right away:

Reading Quotes

  • “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham
  • “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.” – Christian Bauman
  • “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” – Malorie Blackman
  • “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
reading quotes by dr seuss
reading quotes by dr seuss
  • “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
  • “Wherever I am, if I’ve got that book with me, I’ve got a place I can go and be happy.” – J.K. Rowling
  • “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan
  • “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
  • “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln

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  • “Reading—even browsing—an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search.” – James Gleick
  • “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
  • “It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” – John Waters
  • “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
  • “This week I’ve been reading a lot and doing little work. That’s the way things ought to be. That’s surely the road to success.” – Anne Frank

reading quotes

  • “Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” – John Green
  • “Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else.” – George Saunders
  • “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” – Sir Francis Bacon
  • “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
  • “My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” – Malcolm X
reading quotes
reading quotes
  • “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Jean Rhys
  • “Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.” – Arnold Lobel
  • “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron
  • “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” – Salman Rushdie
  • “The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” – Benjamin Franklin

reading quotes about books

  • “Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.” – R.L. Stine
  • “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” – Stephen King
  • “The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” – Malcolm X
  • “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke
  • “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky

Inspiring Reading Quotes

  • “Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.” – Ben Okri
  • “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl
  • “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • “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 W. Eliot
  • “I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson
inspiring reading quotes
inspiring reading quotes
  • “I have challenged myself that I will read thousands of books and I will empower myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism.” – Malala Yousafzai
  • “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus
  • “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” – Charles Baudelaire
  • “I’m reading so much and exposing myself to so many new ideas. It almost feels like the chemistry and the structure of my brain is changing so rapidly sometimes.” – Emma Watson
  • “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.” – Descartes

inspiring reading quotes

  • “Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • “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
  • “When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.” – Jules Renard
  • “When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, setting aside being president…the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels.” – Barack Obama
  • “A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” – Abraham Lincoln
reading quotes inspirational
reading quotes inspirational
  • “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – Harper Lee
  • “Books are a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.” – Toni Morrison
  • “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
  • “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoléon Bonaparte
  • “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

inspiring reading quotes

  • “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
  • “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire
  • “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” – Lloyd Alexander
  • “More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.” – Helen Keller
  • “If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

Short Reading Quotes

  • “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” – Logan Pearsall Smith
  • “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison
  • “Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.” – Khaled Hosseini
  • “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamuk
  • “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” – George R.R. Martin
short reading quotes
short reading quotes
  • “′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain
  • “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
  • “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard
  • “I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling

short reading quotes

  • “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” – Anna Quindlen
  • “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” – Jane Smiley
  • “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
  • “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey
  • “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass
short reading quotes
short reading quotes
  • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero
  • “Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” – Cassandra Clare
  • “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
  • “The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” – Mark Twain

short reading quotes

  • “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” – Fernando Pessoa
  • “A book is a dream you hold in your hands.” – Neil Gaiman
  • “We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” – Holbrook Jackson
  • “Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.” – Barack Obama

short reading quotes

  • “A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” – David Mitchell
  • “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” – Louisa May Alcott
  • “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” – Lisa See

Reading Quotes for Kids

  • “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini
  • “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo
  • “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
reading quotes for kids
reading quotes for kids
  • “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” – Marilyn Jager Adams
  • “When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.” – Mem Fox
  • “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
  • “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

reading quotes for kids

  • “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” – Gustave Flaubert
  • “Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.” – Ursula K. LeGuin
  • “Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” – Betty Smith
  • “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.” – Anita Merina
  • “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou

reading quotes for children

  • “Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.” – Judy Blume
  • “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” – May Ellen Chase
  • “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein
  • “At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.” – Barack Obama

Final Words

The people who read books have access to the world that a non-reader can never even see. They can re-live the lives of all the characters they read. Reading does not only prove to be the best hobby that you can have, but it proves to be the best traveling partner, the best solitary companion, and your best guide. So keep reading and keep gaining knowledge and thrill out of letters, sentences, and paragraphs.

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