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20 Best-Ever Quotes About Reading

20 Best-Ever Quotes About Reading

by Raven McCutchen

A year ago

(Image by Rus Anson)

Words by Katie Hall

A lot of smart people—from Voltaire to Lena Dunham—have had wise things to say about reading. Since October is National Book Month (yeah, yeah, there’s a month for everything, but this is one we can legit get behind!), we’re sharing quotes from our favorite book-o-philes. We’re hoping these wise words inspire you to pick up a new book this fall, or spend a few extra minutes reading to your kiddo before turning out the light. For children, of course, you can pre-order our three magical flagship titles. And for grown-ups, one apropo new release we’re excited about at LBL is The Library Book by Susan Orlean, which starts with the mystery of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library, and uses Orlean’s journalistic approach to create a beautiful love letter to libraries. “Libraries are what is best about us as a society,” she says. “Open, exciting, rich, informative, free, inclusive, engaging.” Hear hear.
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles W. Eliot
“Let's be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”
—Lena Dunham
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
― William Styron
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King
“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”
― C.S. Lewis
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
― Voltaire
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
“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, who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin
“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”
― Diane Duane
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
― Mortimer J. Adler
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
― Anna Quindlen
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
― Margaret Fuller
“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
― Carl Sagan
“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
― Roald Dahl
“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
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
– Lemony Snicket
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
– P.J. O’Rourke

 So often, a visit to a book shop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world.
—Vincent  van Gogh

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

 “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
– J.K. Rowling

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