Literacy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old literacy quotes, literacy sayings, and literacy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive.     

Jen Selinsky

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.     

George Washington

Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.     

Anne Lamott

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.     

Abigail Adams

Literacy is the door to knowledge, essential to individual self-esteem and empowerment.     

Irina Bokova

Everyone must be given the opportunity to think, read and write.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.     

Somerset Maugham

There's nothing like a shovel full of dirt to encourage literacy.     

Margaret Atwood

Literacy is the harbinger of both intelligence and taste.     

Albert Thomas Bifarelli

The greatest gift is a passion for reading.     

Elizabeth Hardwick

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.     

Isaac D'Israeli

Literacy is the jump-off point from which all of life's successes take flight.     

Lauri Fortino

The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is constant, but nowadays the illiterates can read and write.     

Alberto Moravia

literacy is the fertilizer needed for development to take root and grow.     

David Archer

Writing reminds you that you're never alone. Writing and reading is to be optimistic.     

Richard Flanagan

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.     

Victor Hugo

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.     

Haruki Murakami

Literacy is freedom, and everyone has something significant to say,     

Jimmy Santiago Baca

For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.     

Kofi Annan

The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading.     

Mem Fox

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.     

Louis L'Amour

To be successful in life what you need is education, not literacy and degrees.     

Munshi Premchand

Writing and reading is to me synonymous with existing.     

Gertrude Stein

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.     

Vera Nazarian

We have to teach empathy as we do literacy.     

Bill Drayton

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.     

Kate Dicamillo

Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy.     

Barack Obama

Learn to write by doing it. Read widely and wisely. Increase your word power. Find your own individual voice though practicing constantly. Go through the world with your eyes and ears open and learn to express that experience in words.     

P. D. James

Good education means learning to read, write and most importantly learn how to learn so that you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up.     

Patty Murray

Literacy, written language is a very late acquisition in terms of human evolution.     

Jean Berko Gleason