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Books have the power to inspire, comfort, and educate. Then can change people’s lives and perspectives, and bring others together, even when they come from vastly different backgrounds.

With all these amazing benefits of reading, it’s not much of a surprise that some of our favorite authors, leaders, and other inspirational figures have much to say about the subject.

Whether you are looking for some personal inspiration or words to decorate your book covers or reading space, quotes about reading are always a delight for book lovers.

Famous Quotes About Reading

Here are what some of the most famous people have to say about this timeless activity: 

Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He holds greatly to the power of reading: 

If you want to lead, you must read.

I am old-fashioned, or sentimental, or something about books. Whenever I read one I want, in the first place, to enjoy myself, and, in the next place, to feel that I am a little better and not a little worse for having read it. 

Quotes by C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was an Oxford professor and the author of The Chronicles of Narnia series, along with many other books. 

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

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

Quotes by Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason was a 19th century British educator-reformer who set up a school to train governesses on how to teach children. She also wrote 6 volumes in her Home Education series. 

Children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times – a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story books.

The people themselves begin to clamour for an education which shall qualify their children for life rather than for earning a living. As a matter of fact, it is the man who has read and thought on many subjects who is, with the necessary training, the most capable whether in handling tools, drawing plans, or keeping books.

Let them get at the books themselves, and do not let them be flooded with diluted talk from the lips of their teacher. The less the parents ‘talk-in’ and expound their rations of knowledge and thought to the children they are educating, the better for the children…Children must be allowed to ruminate, must be left alone with their own thoughts.

One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books. The best is not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough. And if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child’s intellectual life.

Quotes by Benjamin Franklin 

Benjamin Franklin was one of the most prominent figures in American history. His titles included statesman, scientist, publisher, and diplomat, and author.

The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man

Quotes by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is the bestselling author of children’s books such as Charlie and the Cholocate Factory, Danny the Champion of the World, and many others. 

I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.

So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.

If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.

Quotes by Mark Twain 

Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Clemens, who authored several classic books including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.

‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.

Quotes by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is the bestselling author of children’s books like The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and many more. 

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.

Quotes by Other Famous Authors

In addition to some of these quotes from famous people in history, here are some quotes on reading penned by famous authors themselves: 

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.

—Bill Watterson

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 Adler

I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.

—Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.

—E.B. White

Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.

—Arnold Lobel 

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.

—J.K. Rowling

I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.

—H.P. Lovecraft

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

—Jane Austen

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

—Harper Lee

What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright.

—Gustave Flaubert

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.

—Arthur Conan Doyle

Reading Quotes 

These quotes on reading show us the value that other influential people in history have placed on reading. 

If you want to learn more about how people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey read, check out our post on how to adopt the reading habits of successful people!

Have any of these quotes on reading inspired you to keep reading? What are some of your favorite quotes? Share them in the comments below!


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