55+ Reading Quotes For Bookworms, Kids, And Book Lovers Everywhere

A Brainy Collection Of Reading Quotes For Bibliophiles Who Want To Turn A New Page

April 6, 2021 Updated June 28, 2021

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Calling all book lovers — we’ve got a list of reading quotes to make you swoon with literary delight! If you’re a self-proclaimed bookworm, this is the post for you. For those that would gladly spend a Sunday afternoon curled up on the couch with a good book, you’re our people. Books are our love language, and for some, it’s a form of self-care that feeds the mind, spirit, and soul. There’s nothing better than wandering the aisles of your favorite bookstore, and while that has been sorely missed during the pandemic, it’s only a matter of time before we get to enjoy this pastime again. It’s an entire sensory experience.

If you’re a bibliophile and a parent, you’re also probably wondering how to pass on your love of reading to your child. Teaching kids their ABCs is one thing, but it’s a whole other story if you’re imparting patience, discipline, and the spark of imagination needed to devour a book. But it can be done. If you’re on the same page, stick around and check out our growing list of reading quotes to inspire you and your little one to crack open a new book this weekend and break out of your reading rut.

Let’s get started. 

Favorite Reading Quotes for Bookworms

  1. “Once you learn to read, you’ll be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass
  2. “She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” — Annie Dillard
  3. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” — Garrison Keillor
  4. “You are never alone when lost in the magic of a book.” — Marie Lu
  5. “A writer only begins a book, a reader finishes it.” — Samuel Johnson
  6. “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” — J.K. Rowling
  7. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” — Neil Gaiman
  8. “There is more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” — Walt Disney
  9. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” — J.K. Rowling
  10. “Reading is a way to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.” — Oprah Winfrey
  11. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Cicero
  12. “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.” — Rachel Anders
  13. “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” — Mason Cooley
  14. “Reading is sowing. Rereading is the harvest.” — Johnny Uzan
  15. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King
  16. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” — Anna Quindlen
  17. “The world was hers for the reading.” — Betty Smith
  18. “Reading was a joy, a desperately needed escape — I didn’t read to learn, I was reading to read.” — Christian Bauman
  19. “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
  20. “A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company, by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” — Charles Baudelaire
  21. “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates
  22. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” — George R.R. Martin
  23. “Books are not about passing time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it.” — Alan Bennett
  24. “Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education.” — Donalyn Miller
  25. “It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” — S.I. Hayakawa
  26. “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
  27. “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 William Elliot
  28. “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally — and often far more — worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” — C.S. Lewis
  29. “Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” — Alberto Manguel
  30. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” — Joseph Brodsky
  31. “Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” — Jeanette Winterson
  32. “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz
  33. “Be certain that your house is adequately and properly furnished — with books rather than furniture.” — Henry Ward Beecher
  34. “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.”  — Mary Schmich
  35. “Reading is my inhale, and writing is my exhale.” — Glennon Doyle
  36. “If one reads enough books, one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” — Sherman Alexie

Reading Quotes For Kids

  1. “Reading is a passport to countless adventures.” — Mary Pope Osborne
  2. “Reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible.” — Barack Obama
  3. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” — Dr. Seuss
  4. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller
  5. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” — Dr. Seuss
  6. “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” — Chinese proverb
  7. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
  8. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” — Sir Richard Steele
  9. “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” — Napoléon Bonaparte
  10. “Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” — George R.R. Martin
  11. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” — Diane Duane
  12. “Books train your mind to imagination to think big.” — Taylor Swift
  13. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” — Jacqueline Kennedy
  14. “I believe we should spend less time worrying about the quantity of books children read and more time introducing them to quality books that will turn them on to the joy of reading and turn them into lifelong readers.” — James Patterson

Funny Quotes About Books

  1. “Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat.” — Becca Fitzpatrick
  2. “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” — P.J. O’Rourke
  3. “I’m not addicted to reading. I can quit as soon as I finish one more chapter.” — Unknown
  4. “I like big books and I cannot lie.” — Unknown
  5. “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” — Unknown
  6. “There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.” — Charles Dickens
  7. “From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend on reading it.” — Groucho Marx
  8. “When a book and a head collide and a hollow sound is heard, must it always have come from the book?” — G. C. Lichtenberg
  9. “I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It’s so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another.” — Nancy Mitford
  10. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” — Diane Duane