102 Books Quotes – Inspiration To Help You Read More Books

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your writing, or just want to enjoy some great quotes from some great books, then you’ve come to the right place. This blog post is all about book quotes, and features some of the best ones out there. Whether you’re a fan of fiction or non-fiction, there’s something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best writing out there.

102 Books Quotes

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  1. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain
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2. “So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa

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3. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

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4. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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5. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” –  Lemony Snicket

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6. “Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” – Stephen King

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7. “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

- Emma Thompson books quote

8. “I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson

 Oscar Wilde quote on books

9. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde

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10. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

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Toni Morrison books quote

11. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

Lena Dunham book quote

12. “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lena Dunham

13. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen

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14. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron

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15. “Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.” – Markus Herz

16. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – President Harry Truman

17. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

18. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky

19. “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

20. “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” – Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

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Inspirational Book Quotes

21. “I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson

22. “For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” – Audrey Hepburn

23. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” – Madeleine L’Engle

24. “A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.” – Henry Miller

 Lisa See books quote

25. “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” – Lisa See

26. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz

27. “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” – Louisa May Alcott

28. “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

29. “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

Alice Hoffman on books

30. “Books may well be the only true magic.” – Alice Hoffman

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31. “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” – Italo Calvino

32. “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” – George R. R. Martin

33. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

34. “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” – Christopher Paolini

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35. “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”- Jim Rohn

36. “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” – Stephen King

37. “There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.” – Emily Dickinson

38. “Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” – Alberto Manguel

39. “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

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40. “Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. “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

42. “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamu

43. “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

44. “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Jean Rhys

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45. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” – Diane Duane

46. “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” – Stephen Fry

47. “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

48. “Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.” – J.K. Rowling

49. “Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” – Dave Eggers

Bertrand Russell books quote

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

51. “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

52. “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” – Neil Gaiman

53. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

54. “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.” – Malcolm X

René Descartes on reading books

55. “The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” – René Descartes

56. “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means.” – Umberto Eco

57. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

58. “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

59. “It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.” – Jo Walton

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60. “Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” – Jeanette Winterson

61. “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.” – Christopher Morley

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

63. “Reading brings us unknown friends” – Honoré de Balzac

64. “The best books are those that tell you what you know already.” – George Orwell

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65. “Books are the escape you never knew you needed until you start reading.” – Unknown

66. “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.” – Abraham Lincoln

67. “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” – Paul Sweeney

68. “Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln

69. “There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.” – Irving Stone

Horace Mann quote house without books

70. “A house without books is like a room without windows.” – Horace Mann

71. “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” – Jorge Luis Borges

72. “You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

73. “If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.” – Terry Pratchett

74. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K Rowling

C.S. Lewis book quote

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

76. “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

77. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” – William Styron

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

79. “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

Carl Sagan quote about books

80. “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

81. “When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.” – Margaret Walker

82. “I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” – Gary Paulsen

83. “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” – Joseph Joubert

84. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

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85. “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” – Louis L’Amour

86. “One must always be careful of books… and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare

87. “No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

88. “I love the way that each book—any book—is its own journey. You open it, and off you go….” – Sharon Creech

89. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” – Henry David Thoreau

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90. “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

91. “Books are the movies of our minds.” – Unknown

92. “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” – Stéphane Mallarmé

93. “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” – David Baldacci

94. “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

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95. “Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.” – Hermann Hesse

96. “Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.” – Anne Brontë

97. “Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” – David Mitchell

98. “Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.” – Alain de Botton

99. “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami

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100. “Only bad books have good endings.” –  Pseudonymous Bosch

101. If a book is any good, it’s ending is always bad – because you don’t want the book to end.” – Pseudonymous Bosch

102. “Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.” – Patrick Rothfuss

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