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
"Indeed, learning to write may be a part of learning to read. For all I know,writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading."
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."
"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."
"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, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
J. K. Rowling
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
"Teaching reading IS rocket science."
"Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don't need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different."
"Many things we need can wait. The child cannot. Now is the time his bones are formed, his mind developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow, his name is today."
"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."
Marilyn Jager Adams
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet."
Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752
"Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back."
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go."
Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"
"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."
"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."
"The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive."
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964
"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us."
Franz Kafka, 1904
"The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't."
"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
"When I was a kid they didn't call it dyslexia. They called it you know, you were slow, or you were retarded, or whatever. What you can never change is the effect that the words 'dumb' and 'stupid' have on young people. I knew I wasn't stupid, and I knew I wasn't dumb. My mother told me that. If you read to me, I could tell you everything that you read. They didn't know what it was. They knew I wasn't lazy, but what was it?"
"How children feel and interact is as important to their competence and success as how well they think. This has obviously very important implications for both how people raise their children, how they care for other people's children, and how we invest public funds. Thinking and feeling go hand in hand. It's not to say that thinking is less important, just not more important."
Dr. Jack Shonkoff, Brandeis University
"The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things."
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
"The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves."
"I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead ahead of myself as well as you."
George Bernard Shaw
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."