Reading Books Quotes That Will Expand Your Mind

Reading books quotes is a great way to start your day. It sets the tone for the day and gets your mind in the right place. It’s also a great way to relax and wind down at the end of the day.

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Reading is one of the most important skills a person can have. It helps people learn new information, improves their vocabulary, and allows them to think more deeply about topics. Reading also helps people understand the world around them and makes them better citizens.


People who read often are more successful in life. They are more likely to have higher-paying jobs and to be promoted faster. They also tend to be more knowledgeable about current events and more involved in their communities.


Reading is a skill that can be learned at any age. Anyone can become a lifelong reader by making a commitment to reading regularly. The best way to start is by picking a book that interests you and reading a chapter or two every day.

Here are some of our favorite quotes about reading.

72 Reading books quotes

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

2. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R

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

4. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

5. “We read to know we’re not alone.” –  William Nicholson

6. “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

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

8. “When you lose yourself in a book the hours grow wings and fly.” – Chloe Thurlow

9. “My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” – Malcolm X

10. “I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

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

13. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

14. “We live for books.” – Umberto Eco

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

16. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” – Robert Frost

17. “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

18. “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

19. “He that loves reading has everything within his reach.” – William Godwin

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

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

22. “From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.” – Groucho Marx

23. “Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

24. “You have to remember that it is impossible to commit a crime while reading a book.” – John Waters

25. “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

26. “No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.” – Sarah J. Maas

27. “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

28. “I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.” – Montesquieu

29. “A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.” –  Walter Mosley

30. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” –  Fernando Pessoa,

31. “Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” – Ruth Rendell

32. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham

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

34. “Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.” – Christian Bauman

35. “Take a good book to bed with you—books do not snore.” – Thea Dorn

36. “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

37. “What a blessing it is to love books as I love them; to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!” – Thomas Babington Macaulay

38. “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” –  John Locke

39. “Peeing is like a good book in that it is very, very hard to stop once you start.” – John Green

40. “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

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

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

43. “A good book is an event in my life.” – Stendhal

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

45. “Reading brings us unknown friends”  –  Honore de Balzac

46. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

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

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

49. “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.” –  Mary Ann Shaffer

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

51. “What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!” – Thomas Babington Macaulay

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

53. “The problem with books is that they end.” – Caroline Kepnes

54. “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

55. “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” –  Anna Quindlen

56. “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

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

58. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

59. “Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.” –  Angela Carter

60. “Sit in a room and read–and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.” – Joseph Campbel

61. “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.” – Mary Wortley Montagu

62. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” – Henry Ward Beecher

63. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau

64. “Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” – Ezra Pound

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

65. “Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.” – Erika Johansen

66. “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates

67. “I am a part of everything that I have read.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

69. “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

70. “There are too many books in the world to read in a single lifetime; you have to draw the line somewhere.” – Diane Setterfield

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

72. “That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.” – Anthony Trollope

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