Reading Sayings and Quotes

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


To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.     

A C Grayling

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.     

Abraham Lincoln

A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.     

Abraham Lincoln

The more you read, the more you learn, the more you learn, the smarter you are.     

Dr T.P.Chia

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.     

Harper Lee

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.     

George R.R. Martin

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.     

Frederick Douglass

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go.     

Dr. Seuss

The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't.     

Mark Twain

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.     

Margaret Fuller

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.     

Mason Cooley

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

Richard Steele

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

Oscar Wilde

Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.     

Paul Auster

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.     

C.S. Lewis

Keep reading books, but remember that a book's only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.     

Maxim Gorky

A fondness for reading changes the inevitable dull hours of our life into exquisite hours of delight.     

Charles de Montesquieu

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him, and travel in his company.     

Andre Gride

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate so vital to our democracy.     

Brad Henry

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.     

Edmund Burke

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.     

Jean Rhys

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.     

Emilie Buchwald

Those who have trouble reading are those who have trouble moving ahead in the appreciation of all that life has to offer.     

Byron Pulsifer

Reading a book by someone you respect allows some of their brilliance to rub off on you.     

Robin Sharma

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.     

Harold Bloom

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.     

Rene Descartes

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.     

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.     

Benjamin Disraeli

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.     

Anthony Trollope

What is reading but silent conversation?     

Walter Savage Landor