150+ Best Book Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational book quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Powerful Collection of Most Famous Book Quotes

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. – Harper Lee

I cannot live without books. – Thomas Jefferson

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all. – Abraham Lincoln

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

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

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

I often carry things to read so that I will not have to look at people. – Charles Bukowski

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. – Walt Disney

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

‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain

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

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall. – Roald Dahl

Think before you speak. Read before you think. – Fran Lebowitz

Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading. – Lena Dunham

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

Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can. – William Feather

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries. – Descartes

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. – Mortimer J. Adler

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. – Diane Duane

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

A book worth reading is worth buying. – John Ruskin

All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened. – Ernest Hemingway

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

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

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. – Logan Pearsall Smith

So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa

A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Cicero

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. – Stephen King

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. – Saul Bellow

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

Reading brings us unknown friends – Honoré de Balzac

The world was hers for the reading. – Betty Smith

Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside of you. – Carlos Zafon

You are today who you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read. – Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in. – Robert Louis Stevenson

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read. – Benjamin Franklin

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

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. – Fernando Pessoa

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

We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read. – Jules Verne

My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read. – Abraham Lincoln

Be awesome! Be a book nut! – Dr. Seuss

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

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

It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book. – Maureen Corrigan

Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. – Arnold Lobel

There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read-unless it be reading while you eat. – E. Nesbit

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time. – Carl Sagan

I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage. – Roald Dahl

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

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway

Classic – a book which people praise and don’t read. – Mark Twain

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

Beware of the person of one book. – Thomas Aquinas

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. – C.S. Lewis

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

Some books leave us free and some books make us free. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. – Frederick Douglas

You can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding. – Stephen King

The covers of this book are too far apart. – Ambrose Bierce

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Wear the old coat and buy the new book. – Austin Phelps

You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me. – Strickland Gillilan

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t. – Mark Twain

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience. This is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

A good book is the purest essence of a human soul. – Thomas Carlyle

Books are the training weights of the mind. – Epictetus

Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words! – Betty Smith

A book is a gift you can open again and again. – Garrison Keillor

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. – Dr. Seuss

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

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. – Italo Calvino

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges

Tis the good reader that makes the good book. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. – Dr. Seuss

If you love books enough, books will love you back. – Jo Walton

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. – Mary Schmich

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

If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books. – Roald Dahl

That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. – Aphra Behn

The book you don’t read won’t help. – Jim Rohn

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. – Franz Kafka

Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan

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

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book. – Bill Watterson

These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone. – Roald Dahl

A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. – Salman Rushdie

A man will turn over half a library to make one book. – Samuel Johnson

A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us. – W.H. Auden

I guess there are never enough books. – John Steinbeck

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. – Voltaire

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

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. – Anne Herbert

Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

Rereading, we find a new book. – Mason Cooley

No two persons ever read the same book. – Edmund Wilson

A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess. – H.P. Lovecraft

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. – E.B. White

Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience. – David Levithan

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. – Chinese Proverb

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. – James Bryce

Books are so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal. – John Green

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. – Albert Einstein

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

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away – Emily Dickinson

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it. – Edward Morgan

I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down. – Edgar Allan Poe

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

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. – Woody Allen

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’ – Helen Exley

What you don’t know would make a great book. – Sydney Smith

A good book has no ending. – R.D. Cumming

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. – Daniel Handler

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George Martin

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Joseph Brodsky

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! – When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. – Jane Austen

Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic. – Carl Sagan

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

For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime. – Audrey Hepburn

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

Reading for me, is spending time with a friend. – Gary Paulsen

[F]rom the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way. – Gordon B. Hinckley

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. – Voltaire

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. – Henry David Thoreau

The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book. – Northrop Frye

Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. – Jeremy Collier

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

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. – Mortimer J. Adler

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. – C.S. Lewis

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. – Arthur Conan Doyle

Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind. – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright. – Gustave Flaubert

The only thing you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. – Albert Einstein

Drink deeply from good books. – John Wooden

A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. – Carl Sagan

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised. – Wis?awa Szymborska

Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today. – Holbrook Jackson

What kind of life can you have in a house without books? – Sherman Alexie

Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper. – David Quammen

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