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Reading makes you a cultured and qualified person. There are a lot of benefits of reading because it is an adventure for your life and teaches you a lot. Famous quotes about reading can encourage and inspire you to read more and enjoy this journey.

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Reading Quotes

To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. – A C Grayling

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Jean Rhys

One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind. – Ishmael Reed

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

There is reading, and there is reading. Reading as a means to an end, for information, to cultivate oneself; reading as an end in itself, a process, a compulsion. – Sven Birkerts

Reading the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay. – William Styron

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

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

An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise. – Thomas Wharton

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

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. – Abraham Lincoln

A book is a dream you hold in your hands. – Neil Gaiman

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

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. – Kate DiCamillo

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

Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work. – Khaled Hosseini

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

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

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. – Clifton Fadiman

A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. – Abraham Lincoln

The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book. – André Maurois

We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind. – Anna Quindlen

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Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. – Malorie Blackman

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him. – Maya Angelou

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

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

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

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

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

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. – Chinese Saying

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

The more you read, the more you learn, the more you learn, the smarter you are. – Dr T.P.Chia

Reading means borrowing. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. – Frank Serafini

Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. – Ben Okri

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think. – Harper Lee

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

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

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

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. – Mason Cooley

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. – Confucius

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. – Nora Ephron

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

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

We read to know that we are not alone. – C.S. Lewis

Reading even browsing an old book can yield sustenance denied by a database search. – James Gleick

I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book. – Groucho Marx

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. – Carl Sagan

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

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

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 Gillian

Reading brings us unknown friends – Honoré de Balzac

The world was hers for the reading. – Betty Smith

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

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

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

Always look on the bright side of life. Otherwise it’ll be too dark to read. – Unknown

When you learn to read you will be born again…and you will never be quite so alone again. – Rumer Godden

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. – Richard Steele

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

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. – Ursula K. Le Guin

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

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

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head. – Paul Auster

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

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

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

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. – C.S. Lewis

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Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them. – George Saunders

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

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have. – Lloyd Alexander

There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. – George Santayana

Keep reading books, but remember that a book’s only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself. – Maxim Gorky

A fondness for reading changes the inevitable dull hours of our life into exquisite hours of delight. – Charles de Montesquieu

Reading is my favorite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read. – Anne Brontë

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

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him, and travel in his company. – Andre Gride

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate so vital to our democracy. – Brad Henry

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 without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen

The wise man reads both books and life itself. – Lin Yutang

Those who have trouble reading are those who have trouble moving ahead in the appreciation of all that life has to offer. – Byron Pulsifer

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

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

Reading a book by someone you respect allows some of their brilliance to rub off on you. – Robin Sharma

Nothing is worth reading that does not require an alert mind. – Charles Dudley Warner

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. – Harold Bloom

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of pastcenturies who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts. – Rene Descartes

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

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

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

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age. – Benjamin Disraeli

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade. – Anthony Trollope

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. – Kofi Annan

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

What is reading but silent conversation? – Walter Savage Landor

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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