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40 Reading Quotes That Will Make You Crave a Good Book

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You can find all sorts of beautiful, inspirational quotes in the books that you read—but there are no shortage of great quotes about reading itself, too. Bibliophiles will love these reading quotes from everyone from writers to former presidents and first ladies. They’ll leave you longing to find a new great read. Plus, check out our favorite quotes from books.

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Reading is paradise

“I have always imagined paradise as a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges. Maybe one of the most impressive libraries in every state fits the bill!

"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 Sweeneyrd.com

Reading is friendship

“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. Share these reading quotes with your friends who love books—and then get them one of these books for the person who’s read everything.

"Reading one book is like eating one potato chip." —Diane Duanerd.com

Reading is addictive

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” —Diane Duane. All different kinds of books can be addicting, but these are the 20 true crime books you won’t be able to put down.

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one." —George R. R. Martin.rd.com

Reading is immortality

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” —George R. R. Martin. Speaking of, here are the 100 books everyone should read before they die.

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

Reading is education

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” —Malcolm X. Here are 15 essential books for learning about race relations and anti-racism.

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." —Joseph Brodskyrd.com

Reading is necessary

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” —Joseph Brodsky. And don’t forget, your brain needs you to read every day.

"A good book has no ending." —R. D. Cummingrd.com

Reading is eternal

“A good book has no ending.” —R. D. Cumming. These reading quotes definitely apply to these 41 highest-rated books on Goodreads.

"No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books." —Romain Rolland.rd.com

Reading is discovery

“No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books.” —Romain Rolland. Incredibly, this woman’s love of books helped her find the love of her life.

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." —Jacqueline Kennedy Onassisrd.com

Reading is teaching

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” —Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. These are the 25 best children’s books ever written.

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." —Groucho Marxrd.com

Reading is just a room away

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” —Groucho Marx. Some of these reading quotes are pretty funny. Check out these times libraries had the best sense of humor.

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" —Henry Ward Beecherrd.com

Reading is hard to resist

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” —Henry Ward Beecher. Find out the best-loved bookstore in every state.

"Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." —Hazel Rochmanrd.com

Reading is that warm, cozy feeling

“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” —Hazel Rochman. For instance, these 15 international fiction books will help you feel connected to the world.

"Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators." —Stephen Fryrd.com

Reading is not going anywhere

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

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." —Oscar Wilderd.com

Reading is a window to the soul

“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

"Books are the ultimate dump-ees: Put them down and they'll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back." —John Greenrd.com

Reading is a healthy relationship

“Books are the ultimate dump-ees: Put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” —John Green. Here are the most romantic books to read with that special someone.

"Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself." —George Bernard Shaw.rd.com

Reading is a matter of taste

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw. Start with these 100 children’s books everyone should read in their lifetime.

"A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it." —Samuel Johnsonrd.com

Reading is collaboration

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” —Samuel Johnson. Have you read these 25 bestselling books of the decade?

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read." —Mark Twainrd.com

Reading is easy to mess up

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” —Mark Twain

"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me." —Ralph Waldo Emersonrd.com

Reading is formative

“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. Read these 25 uplifting quotes that will stay with you.

"I read my eyes out and can't read half enough... The more one reads the more one sees we have to read." —John Adamsrd.com

Reading is never enough

“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough… The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” —John Adams. In addition to reading quotes, Commanders-in-Chief are responsible for some of these funny president quotes.

"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." —P. J. O'Rourkerd.com

Reading is a fashion statement

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” —P. J. O’Rourke

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." —Haruki Murakami.rd.com

Reading is a mental statement

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” —Haruki Murakami. For something different, pick up one of the works of these 23 contemporary authors you should have heard of by now.

"Fairytales don't tell children that dragons exist... Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed." —Gilbert K. Chestertonrd.com

Reading is a light in the dark

“Fairytales don’t tell children that dragons exist… Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed.” —Gilbert K. Chesterton. Check out the most popular fairytale stories of all time.

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Reading is worth looking forward to

“Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” —Kathleen Norris

 "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." —C. S. Lewis.rd.com

Reading is relaxation

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” —C. S. Lewis. Sounds great! Just like these reading quotes, these calming photos will instantly make you feel warm and cozy.

"Think before you speak. Read before you think." —Fran Lebowitzrd.com

Reading is the first step

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

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." —Stephen Kingrd.com

Reading is a spell

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” —Stephen King. Check out the classics you can read in a day.

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." —Harper Leerd.com

Reading is second nature

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” —Harper Lee. Have you read any of these books everyone lies about reading?

"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads." —François Mauriacrd.com

Reading is rereading

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.” —François Mauriac. These are the best children’s books that adults should read again.

"Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." —Jane Smileyrd.com

Reading is instant comfort

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” —Jane Smiley

"When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness." —Vincent Starrettrd.com

Reading is joy

“When we are collecting books, we are collecting happiness.” —Vincent Starrett

"A beggar's book out-worths a noble's blood." —William Shakespearerd.com

Reading is power

“A beggar’s book out-worths a noble’s blood.” —William Shakespeare. We bet you didn’t know that these common expressions were coined by Shakespeare.

"Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic." —Carl Saganrd.com

Reading is time travel

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.” —Carl Sagan

"Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." —Vera Nazarianrd.com

Reading is hope

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” —Vera Nazarian

"Literature is news that stays news." —Ezra Poundrd.com

Reading is wisdom

“Literature is news that stays news.” —Ezra Pound. Here are 9 nonfiction books you can read in a day.

"A good book is an event in my life." —Stendhalrd.com

Reading is transformative

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

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." —Emilie Buchwald.rd.com

Reading is a gift

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald. In fact, here are some of the best books for grandparents to read to their grandchildren.

"People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned." —Saul Bellowrd.com

Reading is dangerous

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.” —Saul Bellow

"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." —Stéphane Mallarmérd.com

Reading is the end-all

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

"If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." —Toni Morrisonrd.com

Reading is up to you

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” —Toni Morrison. These reading quotes encourage writing, too—imagine creating something that someone else will love to read! Next, read 35 life-changing quotes you won’t forget.

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