Quotes About Reading

Updated February 14, 2017

Reading and literacy are extremely important and whether you really love a good book or read because it is something you have to do, there are going to be plenty of quotes about reading out there that apply to your personal situation. If you're looking for some famous words to express your feelings about your own relationship with reading words on a page, look no further.

Reading: Famous Quotes

The following quotes about reading, some from celebrities and some anonymous, have been assembled from a selection found throughout the Internet.

Quotes About Good Books

  • Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. - Author Unknown
  • If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. - Emily Dickinson
  • 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakeably meant for his ear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. - Barbara W. Tuchman
  • 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
  • It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful. - Vincent van Gogh
  • Lord! When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and Earth in a book, a real book. - Christopher Morley

Quotes About the Importance of Reading

  • I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. - Anna Quindlen
  • If information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are the banks. - Wendell Ford
  • Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. - Margaret Fuller
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch. - August Hare

Funny Quotes About Reading

  • I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx
  • Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there, in the room talking to you, which is why I don't like to read good books. - Jack Handy
  • Classic—a book people praise and don’t read. - Mark Twain
  • If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed. - Lily Tomlin
  • Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. - Abraham Lincoln
  • Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. - P. J. O'Rourke

Quote About Literacy

  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler
  • If you can read this, thank a teacher. - Anonymous

Quotes about reading all reinforce the importance of a good book and the time spent to enjoy it.

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