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Reading Quotes

70 of the best book quotes about reading
  1. #1
    “The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.”
  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.”
  4. #4
    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.
  5. #5
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
  6. #6
    “Honestly, don’t you two read?”
  7. #7
    “I checked this out weeks ago for a bit of light reading.”
  8. #8
    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
  9. #9
    “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”
  10. #10
    “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.”
  1. #11
    There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
  2. #12
    “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
  3. #13
    “Run like you have to get to the library.”
  4. #14
    “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
  5. #15
    “′Classic′ - a book which people praise and don’t read.”
  6. #16
    “No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot.”
  7. #17
    “You are in every line I have ever read.”
  8. #18
    “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.”
  9. #19
    If reading could banish the idea for even half an hour, it was something gained.
  10. #20
    “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.”
  1. #21
    “Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.”
  2. #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.”
  3. #23
    “When I was your age, television was called books.”
  4. #24
    “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.”
  5. #25
    “I’m a grenade,” I said again. “I just want to stay away from people and read books and think.”
  6. #26
    “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.”
  7. #27
    “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.”
  8. #28
    “He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men.”
  9. #29
    “Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”
  10. #30
    “He reads much;
    He is a great observer; and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men.”
  1. #31
    ″[To Kill a Mockingbird] is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”
  2. #32
    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.
  3. #33
    “In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
  4. #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.”
  5. #35
    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
  6. #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?”
  7. #37
    “Now, when I read, I read not,
    For interrupting tears
    Obliterate the etchings
    Too costly for repairs.”
  8. #38
    “I want leisure to read—an immense amount.”
  9. #39
    “A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on.”
  10. #40
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
  1. #41
    “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.”
  2. #42
    “From that time on, the world was hers for the reading.”
  3. #43
    “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.”
  4. #44
    “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.”
  5. #45
    “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.”
  6. #46
    “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.”
  7. #47
    “She read everything she could find: trash, classics, time tables and the grocer’s price list.”
  8. #48
    “For all of her enthusiasm, she had to admit that some of the B’s had been hard going. But Francie was a reader.”
  9. #49
    “She had been reading a book a day for a long time now and she was still in the B’s.”
  10. #50
    “She was reading a book a day in alphabetical order and not skipping the dry ones.”
  1. #51
    “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.”
  2. #52
    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.
  3. #53
    “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.”
  4. #54
    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?
  5. #55
    “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.”
  6. #56
    “THEY . . . USED . . . TO . . . READ! They’d READ and READ, AND READ and READ, and then proceed To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!”
  7. #57
    “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
  8. #58
    “We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and that thinks too much to be beautiful.”
  9. #59
    “I like to read books twice.”
  10. #60
    “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.”
  1. #61
    “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.”
  2. #62
    “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.”
  3. #63
    “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.”
  4. #64
    “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.”
  5. #65
    “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. #66
    “A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe readin’ books or thinkin’ or stuff like that.”
  7. #67
    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.
  8. #68
    “Some of the reading had been wonderful; the Louisa Alcott books for example.”
  9. #69
    “She planned to read all the books over again when she had finished with the Z’s.”
  10. #70
    “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.”
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