Quotable Reading Quotes

Here are some of our favorite quotes about reading, learning, and teaching. If you have an inspiring quote to share, please let us know!

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass
"The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." — Abraham Lincoln
"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." — Roald Dahl
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx
"I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book." — Coolio
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss
"Wear the old coat and buy the new book." — Austin Phelps
"You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me." — Strickland Gillilan
"The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't." — Mark Twain
"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." — Walt Disney
"A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket." — Chinese Proverb
"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." — Paul Sweeney
"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." — May Ellen Chase
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." — Margaret Fuller
"There is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away" — Emily Dickinson
"When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. " — Mem Fox
"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." — Dr. Seuss
"I'm wondering what to read next." — Matilda, Roald Dahl
"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo
"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. " — Neil Gaiman
"Writing is thinking on paper. " — William Zinsser
"Reading is not optional." —

Walter Dean Myers

"I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books." —

Abraham Lincoln

"A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom" —

Robert Frost

"Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." —

Malala Yousafzei

"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person ..." —

Carl Sagan

"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear." —

Judy Blume

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

J.K. Rowling

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." —

Stephen King

"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

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