20 Inspiring Reading Quotes for Book Lovers

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If you’re a bookworm like me, you probably collect inspirational reading quotes. For book lovers like us, a good reading quote makes us happy and cozy, just like the books we love.

What are your favorite reading quotes? Here are some of mine!

These book and reading quotes from writers and authors, famous people and historical figures are sure to inspire readers like you and me.


20 Favorite Reading Quotes

Ursula K. LeGuin quote about reading

We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

Donalyn Miller reading quote

“If we value all readers, we must value all reading.” – Donalyn Miller

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

C.S.Lewis reading quote

“We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis

Dr. Seuss reading quote

“Reading can take you places you have never been before.” – Dr. Seuss

George R.R. Martin reading quote

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

Anna Quindlen reading quote

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

J.K. Rowling reading quote

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

maya angelou reading quote

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.” – Maya Angelou

Henry Miller reading quote

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

Naomi Shihab Nye reading quote

It is really hard to be lonely very long in a world of words. Even if you don’t have friends somewhere, you still have language, and it will find you and wrap its little syllables around you and suddenly there will be a story to live in.” – Naomi Shihab Nye

Katherine Applegate reading quote

I like colorful tales with black beginnings and stormy middles and cloudless blue-sky endings. But any story will do.” – Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan

reading quote

“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

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

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham

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

“The reading of all good books is like engaging in conversation with the most cultivated minds of past centuries.” – Rene Descartes

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

      1. 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.” 🙂

  2. “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

  3. “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