50 most inspiring quotes about books and reading
The quotes about books you’ll see below are not the most famous ones. All of them, however, are highly inspiring to rediscover the pleasure of reading.
You may ask, what book quotes have to do with the ebook site. Ebook sites are still mostly focused on the issues related to technology rather than pleasures of reading.
We believe that a reader has to learn only as much technology as it’s needed to fully enjoy the magic of reading. Reading in times of digital content is changing, but it doesn’t mean it gives less pleasure. Just the opposite.
There is absolutely no difference between a hardcover book or an audiobook or a multimedia book application. There is no difference between a high quality paper or e-ink screen or a high-resolution Retina display.
The biggest pleasure comes from what we read, not from on what we read.
The real difference, though, lies in our attitude to reading. Gilbert K. Chesterton once said: “There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.”
Looking for more book quotes? Here is a selection from The Book-Lovers’ Anthology
The book is a wonderful 1911 collection of thoughts about books, libraries and reading, from 250 authors, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Francis Bacon, William Makepeace Thackeray, Jeremy Collier, and more.
50 quotes about books and reading
No two persons ever read the same book.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.
–Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
The book you don’t read won’t help.
Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
–Gilbert K. Chesterton
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
–Gilbert K. Chesterton
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return.
In a good book the best is between the lines.
Are we not like two volumes of one book?
Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
Beware of the person of one book.
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.
–Edward P. Morgan
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
–W. Somerset Maugham
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
–Henry David Thoreau
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over.
–Gail Carson Levine
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.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
–George Bernard Shaw
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
–Henry Ward Beecher
A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.
One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.
I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
–William Lyon Phelps
In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
What you don’t know would make a great book.
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.
I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.
–Jorge Luis Borges
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
–Amos Bronson Alcott
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.
A book is a device to ignite the imagination.
It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read.
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.
A good book has no ending.
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The Book-Lovers’ Anthology, 1911
The publication collects excerpts from 250 authors – on books, libraries, and reading. Available as a free public domain ebook.
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