Best 25 Quotes About Reading

Reading is a favourite pastime of many, and who doesn’t enjoy quotes too?  So, what could be better than combining the two! Here I have compiled twenty-five of the best reading quotes for your enjoyment.

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25 Best Reading Quotes


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…..The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R. R. Martin

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~ Richard Steele

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

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” ~ Rene Descartes

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” ~ Fran Lebowitz

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for one thousand years. To read is to voyage through time.” ~ Carl Sagan

“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

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

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

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

“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

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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ~ Emilie Buchwald

“I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss

“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

“Reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

“I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.” ~ Wistawa Szymborska

“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 – the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.” ~ William Styron

“We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.” ~ Judith Butler

“Reading is departure and arrival.” ~ Terri Guillemets

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

“Reading: One of the best ways to upgrade human software.” ~ Shane Parrish

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

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

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


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