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Reading Quotes

95 of the best book quotes about reading
  1. #1
    “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”
  2. #2
    “Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.”
  3. #3
    “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    ReadingBooks
  4. #4
    “The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.”
  5. #5
    My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.
  6. #6
    “I checked this out weeks ago for a bit of light reading.”
  7. #7
    “Honestly, don’t you two read?”
  8. #8
    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
  9. #9
    “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.”
  10. #10
    “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
  11. #11
    There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
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6.0
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Penguin and Pinecone
All the Places to Love book
6.0
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All the Places to Love
The Trumpet of the Swan book
6.0
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Spot Loves His Daddy book
6.0
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Spot Loves His Daddy
Three Little Words book
6.0
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Three Little Words
Charlotte and the Rock book
5.9
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Charlotte and the Rock
  1. #12
    “Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.”
  2. #13
    “Reading dreams. That’s what started her walking down the road. Every day she’d walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.”
  3. #14
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
  4. #15
    “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
  5. #16
    “Reading is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. Its chief purpose is to help towards filling in the framework which is made up of the talents and capabilities that each individual possesses.”
  6. #17
    “The art of reading and studying consists in remembering the essentials and forgetting what is not essential.”
  7. #18
    College will probably destroy your love for poetry. Hours of boring analysis, dissection, and criticism will see to that. College will also expose you to all manner of literature—much of it transcendent works of magic that you must devour; some of it utter dreck that you must avoid like the plague.
  8. #19
    When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think.
  9. #20
    “Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.”
  10. #21
    “‘Darling,’ she instructed me, ‘would you reach in the drawer there and give me my purse. A girl doesn’t read this sort of thing without her lipstick.‘”
  11. #22
    “Francie thought that all the books in the world were in that library and she had a plan about reading all the books in the world.”
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5.8
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5.3
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5.3
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Ike's Incredible Ink
Bear's Book book
5.1
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Bear's Book
Finding Serendipity book
5.0
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5.0
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4.9
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  1. #23
    “Francie breathed the warm air, watched the dancing leaf shadows, ate the candy and took sips of the cooled water in-between reading the book.”
  2. #24
    “He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men.”
  3. #25
    “He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men.”
  4. #26
    If a rainy morning deprived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves up, to read novels together.
  5. #27
    If reading could banish the idea for even half an hour, it was something gained.
  6. #28
    “I carried the books to my room and read through the night. I loved the fiery pages of Mary Wollstonecraft, but there was a single line written by John Stuart Mill that, when I read it, moved the world: “It is a subject on which nothing final can be known.” The subject Mill had in mind was the nature of women. Mill claimed that women have been coaxed, cajoled, shoved and squashed into a series of feminine contortions for so many centuries, that it is now quite impossible to define their natural abilities or aspirations.”
  7. #29
    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
  8. #30
    “She could read anything now, he said, and once you can read anything you can learn everything. It was up to her. “Nobody’s come close to filling their brains,” he said. “We’re all like giraffes not using their necks to reach the higher leaves.”
  9. #31
    “I’m a grenade,” I said again. “I just want to stay away from people and read books and think.”
  10. #32
    “Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
  11. #33
    ″[To Kill a Mockingbird] is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”
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6.9
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5.5
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5.5
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One Whole Bunch book
5.4
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Norton and Alpha book
5.4
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Secret Garden book
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  1. #34
    “Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.
    Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord?
    Hamlet: Between who?
    Lord Polonius: I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.”
  2. #35
    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
  3. #36
    “It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?”
  4. #37
    “Now, when I read, I read not,
    For interrupting tears
    Obliterate the etchings
    Too costly for repairs.”
  5. #38
    “I want leisure to read—an immense amount.”
  6. #39
    “A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on.”
  7. #40
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
  8. #41
    “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
  9. #42
    “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
  10. #43
    “′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don’t read.”
  11. #44
    “No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.”
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6.3
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6.0
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An Inconvenient Alphabet book
6.0
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Library Mouse #1 book
6.0
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The Storybook Knight book
5.8
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  1. #45
    “You are in every line I have ever read.”
  2. #46
    “In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
  3. #47
    “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”
  4. #48
    “Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.”
  5. #49
    “No,” said Hermione shortly. “Have either of you seen my copy of Numerology and Gramatica?”
    “Oh, yeah, I borrowed it for a bit of bedtime reading,” said Ron, but very quietly.”
  6. #50
    “Run like you have to get to the library.”
  7. #51
    “I like to read books twice.”
  8. #52
    “My folks never knew how to read or write. I only got to the sixth grade myself -- had to leave school when the old man dies. You kids are lucky. I’m going to see to it that you get through school.”
  9. #53
    “From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.”
  10. #54
    “She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness with someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read.”
  11. #55
    “What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?”
    “The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.”
  1. #56
    “As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy . . . the afternoon passed.”
  2. #57
    “Saturdays were different. She treated herself by reading a book not in the alphabetical sequence. On that day she asked the librarian to recommend a book.”
  3. #58
    “She read everything she could find: trash, classics, time tables and the grocer’s price list.”
  4. #59
    “For all of her enthusiasm, she had to admit that some of the B’s had been hard going. But Francie was a reader.”
  5. #60
    “She had been reading a book a day for a long time now and she was still in the B’s.”
  6. #61
    “She was reading a book a day in alphabetical order and not skipping the dry ones.”
  7. #62
    “I’m wondering what to read next,” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.”
    “You mean you’ve looked at the pictures?”
    “Yes, but I’ve read the books as well.”
  8. #63
    “There was a moment of silence, and Matilda, who had never before heard great romantic poetry spoken aloud, was profoundly moved. ‘It’s like music,’ she whispered.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Matilda
    concepts
    ReadingPoetry
  9. #64
    “My behavior is nonetheless, deplorable. Unfortunately, I’m quite prone to such bouts of deplorability--take for instance, my fondness for reading books at the dinner table.”
  10. #65
    ″‘I’m afraid no meals,’ said Christopher Robin, ‘because of getting thin quicker. But we will read to you.‘”
  11. #66
    I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it. I assure you, if it had not been to meet you, I would not have come away from it for all the world.
  1. #67
    “Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.”
    author
    Ray Bradbury
    book
    Fahrenheit 451
    character
    Faber
    concept
    Reading
  2. #68
    “He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often. A couple of times I tried to tell him it was a mistake to get too deep into that kind of stuff, but Alex got stuck on things. He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.”
  3. #69
    I have always enjoyed reading, but I’ve never been sure how to select appropriate material. There are so many books in the world--how do you tell them all apart? How do you know which one will match your tastes and interests?
  4. #70
    “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”
  5. #71
    “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.”
  6. #72
    “By the time she was three, Matilda had taught herself to read by studying newspapers and magazines that lay around the house. At the age of four, she could read fast and well, and she naturally began hankering after books.”
  7. #73
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
  8. #74
    “THEY . . . USED . . . TO . . . READ! They’d READ and READ, AND READ and READ, and then proceed To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!”
  9. #75
    “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
  10. #76
    “All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
  11. #77
    “We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful.”
  1. #78
    “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
  2. #79
    “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
  3. #80
    “I used to want a great many things before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my wants. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better. It’s just as when one has been trying to spell out a book in the twilight, and suddenly the lamp comes in. I had been putting out my eyes over the book of life, and finding nothing to reward me for my pains; but now that I can read it properly I see that it’s a delightful story.”
  4. #81
    “She planned to read all the books over again when she had finished with the Z’s.”
  5. #82
    “So now books were her only friends. She’d read Lord of the Rings so often she could recite whole scenes by memory.
    “It was not a skill that aided one in becoming popular.”
  6. #83
    “Some of the reading had been wonderful; the Louisa Alcott books for example.”
  7. #84
    “Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.”
  8. #85
    I thanked Captain Nemo, and went up to the shelves of the library. Works on science, morals, and literature abounded in every language; but I did not see one single work on political economy; that subject appeared to be strictly proscribed. Strange to say, all these books were irregularly arranged, in whatever language they were written; and this medley proved that the Captain of the Nautilus must have read indiscriminately the books which he took up by chance.
  9. #86
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
  10. #87
    “No, thank you. I have enough books at home. Maybe another time. I’m rereading something else with my papa. You know, the one I stole from the fire that night.”
  11. #88
    “On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
  12. #89
    “You are not a grenade, not to us. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing. You can’t know, sweetie, because you’ve never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows.”
  13. #90
    “Your face, my thane, is as a book where men
    May read strange matters. To beguile the time,
    Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
    Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under’t.”
  14. #91
    “A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that.”
  15. #92
    “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
  16. #93
    “With frightening suddenness he now began ripping the pages out of the book in handfuls and throwing them in the waste-paper basket.
    Matilda froze in horror. The father kept going. There seemed little doubt that the man felt some kind of jealousy. How dare she, he seemed to be saying with each rip of a page, how dare she enjoy reading books when he couldn’t? How dare she?”
  17. #94
    “All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen. If only they would read a little Dickens or Kipling they would soon discover there was more to life than cheating people and watching television.”
  18. #95
    “Nobody listens any more. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read.”
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