Here at In The Book, we love reading. We think it’s so important to start reading to children as soon as possible, as the benefits of reading to your child are incredible. 

We’ve created a list of our favourite quotes about reading, that will hopefully inspire you to love reading as much as we do! We’ve also included some reading proverbs, as we always like to encourage thought.

So, without further ado, here are our top 50 reading quotes!

Famous Quotes about Reading


Quotes About Reading

“Reading never wears me out” – Ian Falconer, Olivia, 2000

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, 1978

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I do not want to just read books; I want to climb inside them and live there.” – Unknown

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

“Just in case things get boring, I’m bringing a book” – Unknown

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

“I’m not addicted to reading. I can stop as soon as I finish the next chapter.” – Unknown

“My wife joined a book club. They primarily read wine labels.” Unknown Author

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

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

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

“I enjoy long, romantic walks through the bookstore…” – Unknown

“If anyone needs me, I’ll be reading. Please don’t need me” – Unknown

“When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes around you.” – Lemony Snicket

“The greatest thing about books is there are no commercials.” – Unknown

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

“I think it is good that books still exist, but they do make me sleepy.” Frank Zappa

“This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s only read two.” George Burns

“I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed reading contest. I hit a bookmark.” Stephen Wright

“That “…for Dummies” publisher rejected my ventriloquism book.” Just Bill ‏

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can save the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” – Beverly Cleary

“The story is truly finished – and meaning is made – not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters.” – Celeste Ng

“At the end, we’ll all become stories.” – Margaret Atwood

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

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

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

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

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

Famous Quotes about Reading


Proverbs About Reading

Proverbs about reading are thought provoking and inspirational, and each proverb means something in different countries.

These sayings about reading will definitely give you food for thought.

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

Books and friends should be few but good. – Traditional Proverb

When you have read a book for the first time, you get to know a friend; read it for a second time and you meet an old friend. – Chinese Proverb

There’s no thief like a bad book. – Italian Proverb

A good book praises itself. – German Proverb

A wise man without a book is like a workman with no tools. – Moroccan Proverb

The sight of books removes sorrows from the heart. – African Proverb