10 Favorite Reading Quotes

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I collect quotes about learning and reading. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite reading quotes.


10 Favorite Reading Quotes

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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.”
– Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

People need stories, child. They bring us hope, and that hope is real. If that’s the case, what does it matter whether people in them actually lived?
– Brandon Sanderson, Skyward

“We read to give our soul a chance to luxuriate.”

– Henry Miller

favorite quotes about reading
Books make great gifts . . . they have the whole world inside of them.
– Neil Gaiman

reading quote Sir Francis Bacon
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
-Sir Francis Bacon

favorite quotes about reading
The greatest gift is a passion for reading.
– Elizabeth Hardwick

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

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

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

favorite reading quotes
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
– Margaret Fuller

Inspire your friends with these quotes, too–share on social media!

Please also share your favorite reading quotes in the comments!

Originally published 1/2014
Updated 3/2022

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9 Responses

  1. Hi, I love these! Would you mind if I used one?

  2. I would love to use these too! I have a book business and would love to share your blog with my customers!

  3. Dianna K. Ball says:

    Love these. May I use an image in our school newsletter?

      1. Dianna K. Ball says:

        Thanks much! I may use several, as we do a new newsletter every month. Just an FYI, the Neil Gaiman quote is missing the word “the.” 🙂

  4. RabbitReaders says:

    “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”
    ― Neil Gaiman

  5. “It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.”
    ― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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