No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Hello readers, here we are showcasing a good number of popular reading quotes from popular and various authors. If you are a book lover, you may find these reading quotes very useful to help yourself remember how important and marvelous it is to read- let it be history or literature. We have also included image versions of these reading quotes so that you can easily share the quotes with your family and friends via social media to equally share the awesome inspiration with them!
Also, at the bottom, you will find links to some resources which explain various benefits of reading books.
“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.
“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”
~~ Hazel Rochman.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”
~~ Mason Cooley
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
~~ Ray Bradbury.
“It is so unsatisfactory to read a noble passage and have no one you love at hand to share the happiness with you. And it is unsatisfactory to read to one’s self anyhow — for the uttered voice so heightens the expression.”
~~ My Father Mark Twain, Clara Clemens.
“Don’t explain your author, read him right and he explains himself.”
~~ Letter to letter to Cordelia Welsh Foote of Cincinnati, 2 December 1887, Mark Twain.
“I do not read anything but history and biography. You perceive that for me to presume to indicate the hundred authors which a person ought to read, would be folly. No, leave me out: My testimony would not be valuable.”
~~ letter to Joseph B. Gilder, 16 May 1886, Mark Twain.
“My library was dukedom large enough.”
~~ William Shakespeare (The Tempest).
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~~ Dr. Seuss.
“Reading was like an addiction; I read while I ate, on the train, in bed until late at night, in school, where I’d keep the book hidden so I could read during class. Before long I bought a small stereo and spent all my time in my room, listening to jazz records. But I had almost no desire to talk to anyone about the experience I gained through books and music. I felt happy just being me and no one else. In that sense I could be called a stack-up loner.”
~~ Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun.
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
~~ W. Somerset Maugham.
“Frederick Douglas taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom. But reading is still the path.”
~~ Carl Sagan.
“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”
~~ Ezra Pound
“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
~~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis.
“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.”
~~ A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated (1894), Oscar Wilde.
“It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t.”
~~ The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), Oscar Wilde.
“I am always reading immoral books on the sly, and then selfishly trying to prevent other people from having the same wicked good time.”
~~ Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013)
“When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights.”
~~ Nightmares and Dreamscapes (1993), Stephen King.
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
~~ To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), Harper Lee.
“Worthy books are not companions—they are solitudes:
We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.”
~~ Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene A Village Feast. Evening.
“Laws die, Books never.”
~~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richelieu (1839), Act I, scene 2.
“Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.”
~~ Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979), translated by William Weaver (1981), p. 72.
“All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men.”
~~ Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship (1840), Lecture V.
“There is no book so bad,” said the bachelor, “but something good may be found in it.”
~~ Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15), Part II, Chapter III.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. ”
~~ Charles William Eliot
“In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“Where one begins by burning books, one will end up burning people.”
~~ Heinrich Heine in Almansor.
“You will be surprised what psychological motivation there is in your having physical possession of the books you plan to read.”
~~ Norman Lewis, How to Read Better and Faster.
“When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.”
~~ W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (1915).
“No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books, either to discover or to control himself.”
~~ Romain Rolland, Journey Within (1947).
“Reading is the way out of ignorance, and the road to achievement.”
~~ Ben Carson, Think Big.
“If we encountered a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read.”
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality.
“Reading is a mere makeshift for original thinking.”
~~ Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Thinking for Oneself,”
“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.”
~~ Joseph Addison, The Tatler, No. 147.
“In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.”
~~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Caxtoniana, Hints on Mental Culture.
Some random benefits of reading books in brief
Hope you enjoyed all of these reading quotes. Some of these quotes about reading books might even have inspired you to make a new and bigger plan to read books more frequently :). As an add-on for these quotes about reading books, here we are including some random but awesome benefits of reading books (in brief)!
1) Reading makes us way more smarter than we could imagine (may be you are smart but what if there is more!). Yes, that’s right – the nice dresses ain’t going to do that alone. Not only smarter – you can add another word to it- reading books makes us nicer too, specially it can be easily achieved by reading literature. Annie Murphy Paul wrote a nice article on TIME about this – Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer. You can also read “Does Great Literature Make Us Better?” by Gregory Currie on nytimes.com opinionator.
2) Reading books can dramatically reduce our stress, can help relax our chaotic mind in fastest way possible. As this health news Reading ‘can help reduce stress’ on The Telegraph says that reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds. Also, this article explains that it works faster than other popular options we use to relax ourselves (drinking a hot cup of tea or listening to soothing music) because we can be free from the stressors of our daily life during the time we wonder around in the colorful literary world.
3) Reading can help us to develop or achieve exceptional verbal skills, as this lifehack article “Expand Your Verbal Intelligence” explains that “Reading the works of really good writers is one of the best ways to develop our abilities with words.”
4) The habit of reading books can assist you sleep better, yes sleep better without them pills J . You can also check out this article “Healthy Sleep Tips” on National Sleep Foundation website where along with many good tips- point 8 includes an advice to do a calming activity such as reading.
5) A gorgeous mindful activity such as reading books promotes Mental Stimulation – which could be linked to slower rate of decline in cognitive function.
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