40 Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading

40 Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading

Books – the real treasures of the world, in my humble opinion not only bring us the wonders of knowledge but a doorway to other worlds we would otherwise never get to experience. Many have been saved from experiences they would rather forget via the pages of a book or the access to a digital copy via their phone or Kindle. Today, I want to share with you, the love others feel about reading, via these inspiring books, while giving you some tips on how to read more, even if you are pressed for time. Enjoy!

Quotes About Reading

“The wider we read the freer we become.” ― Jeanette Winterson


  • “That is how we writers all started: by reading. We heard the voice of a book speaking to us.”
    ― Margaret Atwood
  • “I wanted books and made no distinction between good books or bad, only between the ones I loved, the ones that spoke to my soul, and the ones I merely liked. I did not care how a story was written. There were no bad stories: every story was new and glorious.”
    ― Neil Gaiman
  • “Reading is the life-saving water for our minds. Drink pure words as much as you need and remain alive!”
    ― Munia Khan
  • “Reading is almost always subversive. From the time you read the next night’s fairy tale under the covers by flashlight when you have already had your bedtime story from Daddy and are supposed to be asleep to the time you are an adult reading junk, hoping no one catches you at it, reading is private; that’s the most seductive thing about it. It’s you and the book.”
    ― Phyllis Rose
  • “The truly wide taste in reading is that which enables a man to find something for his needs on the sixpenny tray outside any secondhand bookshop. The truly wide taste in humanity will similarly find something to appreciate in the cross-section of humanity one has to meet every day.”
    ― C.S. Lewis

  • “I read. That’s my form of travel.”
    ― Michael Finkel
  • “The wider we read the freer we become.”
    ― Jeanette Winterson
  • “I often find that once a child unlocks the secret of words, they hunger for them. There is a kind of magic in reading. It takes the mind to places where the body may not go, allowing one to forget, for a while, life’s troubles.”
    ― Liana LeFey
  • “Maybe all you need to do is find the heartbeat in everything. And if writing is living, the discovery of the beat of a heart, then when you read me, you are living by my side.”
    ― Meia Geddes
  • “Just as food is fuel for the body, books are fuel for the mind.”
    ― Jen Selinsky
  • “Every morning I tell myself, “I’ll sleep early tonight.” And every night I say, “One more chapter.”
    ― Joyce Rachelle
  • “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself.”
    ― Anna Quindlen


“Every morning I tell myself, "I'll sleep early tonight." And every night I say, "One more chapter.” ― Joyce Rachelle


  • “A library bears similar qualities to a hospital. Librarians are like doctors, books the prescriptions.”
    ― Trudy Wallis
  • “It seems that one ought to read in two ways: 1) because of a particular and personal interest, which makes the thing one’s own, regardless of what other people think of the book 2) to a certain extent, because it is something one ‘ought to have read’ but one must be quite clear this why one is reading.”
    ― T.S. Eliot
  • “Those who do not read are at the mercy of those who do.”
    ― Shelley A. Ashcroft
  • “And, the treasure? A library card: key to all the doors in the story world.”
    ― Trudy Wallis
  • “I believe that the phrase ‘obligatory reading’ is a contradiction in terms; reading should not be obligatory. Should we ever speak of ‘obligatory pleasure’? Pleasure is not obligatory, pleasure is something we seek. ‘Obligatory happiness’! […] If a book bores you, leave it; don’t read it because it is famous, don’t read it because it is modern, don’t read a book because it is old. If a book is tedious to you, leave it, even if that book is ‘Paradise Lost’ — which is not tedious to me — or ‘Don Quixote’ — which also is not tedious to me. But if a book is tedious to you, don’t read it; that book was not written for you. Reading should be a form of happiness, so I would advise all possible readers of my last will and testament—which I do not plan to write— I would advise them to read a lot, and not to get intimidated by writers’ reputations, to continue to look for personal happiness, personal enjoyment. It is the only way to read.”
    ― Jorge Luis Borges

  • “Reading time is precious. Don’t waste it. Reading bad books, or books that are wrong for a certain time in your life, can dangerously put you off the activity altogether.”
    ― Lionel Shriver
  • Don’t let the covers fool you. Books, like lives, are wiggling, evolving, living things. They’re not bound by pages or authors or schools of thought. They’re not born when they’re printed; in fact, they only start to live once they’re read ― Kelly G. Wilson
  • “It is impossible to feel alone in a room full of favorite books. – Author Unknown
  • “I think part of why I have so many books around me and why I read every day is because I mythologize the writer. I don’t do that with any other artists.”
    ― Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • “You can be anywhere you want in the world, meet different people and learn more than a hundred things in a matter of minutes… all you have to do is READ!”
    ― C.M. Okonkwo
  • “Reading it was like subletting a small apartment in someone else’s head.”
    ― Garth Risk Hallberg


“Those who do not read are at the mercy of those who do.” ― Shelley A. Ashcroft


  • “Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.”
    ― Beverly Cleary
  • “Good books often answer questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask”
    ― Will Schwalbe
  • “Initially [my favorite books] seem to immerse me in another life, but ultimately they immerse me in me; I am looking through the window into another person’s home, but it is my face that I see in the reflection.”
    ― Derek Thompson
  • “Reading is awesome. Just escaping into someone else’s life, into another world. In books, everything is possible.”
    ― Nick Lake
  • “I like how books let you into another world, but how it’s secret. Like, when you read, the world you see is different from the one someone else sees when they read the same words. It’s just yours.”
    ― Clare Fisher
  • “The book you read and read well, over and over again, lives in you, becomes your thought and thinking pattern, teaches you all the time and keeps reminding you about how to act and react towards things and occurrences’ in life!”
    ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

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  • “Reading is a full-contact sport; we crash up against the wave of words with all of our intellectual, imaginative, and emotional resources. What results can sometimes be as much our creation as the novelist’s or playwright’s.”
    ― Thomas C. Foster
  • “Books have given me a magic portal to connect with people of the past and the present. I know I shall never feel lonely or powerless again.”
    ― Lisa Bu
  • “Our relation to books is a shadowy space haunted by the ghosts of memory, and the real value of books lies in their ability to conjure these specters.”
    ― Pierre Bayard
  • “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
    ― Lemony Snicket
  • “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 uniquely portable magic.”
    ― Stephen King
  • “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”― Charles W. Eliot

“Good books often answer questions you didn't even know you wanted to ask” ― Will Schwalbe

  • “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
    ― William Styron
  • “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
    ― Jane Smiley
  • “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
    ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • “The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
    ― Alan Bennett


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How to Read A Book A Day


How to read more books – even if you are busy:


1. Set Aside A Non-Negotiable Timeslot In Your Schedule For Reading – make it a part of your routines, such as your morning or evening routine. Hal Elrod – the creator of The Miracle Morning – suggests making reading a part of your morning routine.
2. Create A Seasonal List – for example, work through gratitude books during the week’s leading up to Thanksgiving, read Christmas themed romance novels leading up to that holiday, or whatever works for you
3. Take Advantage of Your Local Library.  You can also subscribe to a service such as Kindle Unlimited, which has a very nice
selection of high-quality reads available. Also if you are an Amazon Prime member take advantage of the free books they give away!
4. Find Creative Ways To Read Faster. See the video above for inspiration.   However, you can also utilize book summaries, or listen to audiobooks (and increase your listening speed to 1.25 or 1.5).
5. Join A Book Club – no, that does not mean that you have to go out and spend evenings with other readers in person, necessarily. That does not work for every schedule, but online reading discussion groups are all over the internet, especially on Facebook. These groups are often organized by genre, or specific overarching theme, for example, there are a lot of Christian women reading groups out there, that are happy to accept new members.
6. Create a Distraction-Free Reading Area In Your Home  – clear out a corner in your bedroom, and make it cozy, or create a nice atmosphere by utilizing a little space in your living room, with a comfortable chair and a good reading lamp. Don’t go spending a lot of money on this, use what you have.

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7. Swap Internet Time For Reading. Let’s face it, we all spend way to much time on the internet, looking through social media. Skip ten minutes of that every single day to start, and instead reach for a book.
8. Find Books You Love – don’t waste your time on a book that does not resonate with you. If you do not like it, drop it, and move on. Do not feel obligated to read a book just because everyone is talking about it. If it does not speak to you, find something that will.
9. Create A Habit Tracker or Other Ways to Hold Yourself Accountable. In the past, I have used Bullet Journal Habit Trackers as well as a Notion Database in order to keep track of my reading time and pages, but lately, I have been gravitating toward using the Goodreads account as a tracking tool. But if you like a more peer group experience, I suggest  Challenges – reading challenges, in particular, are not only fun, but motivational, and keep you accountable, even if you would rather binge the entire season 2 of Jack Ryan in one setting, because you made a commitment to yourself and the group.
10. Read During What Is The Optimal Time For You Every Day – if you are not a morning person, then a self-help book that requires you to pay attention to the details might not be the best choice. There is no right or wrong time to get your reading in. Be willing to try out different times to see what works the best for you.


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How do you find time for reading and what are your favorite books that you like to read? Leave a comment below!

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