40 Quotes That Will Make You Start Reading Again


Books possess an undeniable power to entertain, comfort, enlighten, challenge and inspire readers. Reading opens us to so many feelings and worlds. It is definitely one of the best ways to open your mind and senses to myriad emotions. And sometimes, though the distractions of our lives pull us down, there is nothing that a good book cannot fix. Let these quotes serve as a reminder to you that books are the best way to re-connect to your inner soul and being. 🙂

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” 
— James Baldwin

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” —James Baldwin
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
—Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”   —Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
—Groucho Marx

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” —Groucho Marx

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
—J.K. Rowling

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” —J.K. Rowling

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
– Franz Kafka

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You want to know about anybody? See what books they read, and how they’ve been read…”
—Keri Hulme, The Bone People

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The world was hers for the reading.”
—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
“The world was hers for the reading.” —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”- Anonymous

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.”
—Margaret Atwood

“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.” —Margaret Atwood

Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.”
—R.L. Stine

“Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.” —R.L. Stine

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
— Fernando Pessoa,The Book of Disquiet

12. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” — Fernando Pessoa,The Book of Disquiet

Reading can be dangerous.” —Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

13. “Reading can be dangerous.” —Diane Setterfield,The Thirteenth Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

14. “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates

It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” —John Waters

15. “It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” —John Waters

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
— W. Somerset Maugham,Books and You

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Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
—Jane Smiley,Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” —Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
—Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

17. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” —Lemony Snicket,Horseradish

You will be transformed by what you read.” —Deepak Chopra

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Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.”
— Roberto Bolaño, 2666

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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
—Italo Calvino,The Uses of Literature

20. “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” —Italo Calvino, he Uses of Literature

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” —Harper Lee,To Kill a Mockingbird

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Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

23. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” —Frederick Douglass

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.”
—John Green,The Fault in Our Stars

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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’”
—George R.R. Martin,A Dance with Dragons

25. ’A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’” —George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

We read to know that we are not alone.”
—William Nicholson,Shadowlands

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Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
—Mark Twain

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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde

29. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” - Oscar Wilde

When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus

30. “When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus

You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” — John Waters

16. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” —J.K. Rowling

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — Louisa May Alcott

33. “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — Louisa May Alcott

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” — Nora Ephron

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When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou

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”If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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”Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ”–P.J. O’Rourke

37. Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.–P.J. O’Rourke

‘Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
–Henry Ward Beecher

38. Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? –Henry Ward Beecher

”A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
–William Styron

39. A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.–William Styron

”A good book has no ending.”–R.D. Cumming

40. A good book has no ending.–R.D. Cumming

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”
—Logan Pearsall Smith

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