200+ Best Reading Quotes And Sayings

Reading is one of the most enjoyable pastimes, and with so many great books out there, it’s no wonder there are so many articles about it. Not only will reading help you to expand your knowledge, but it can also improve your life in many ways. If you’re looking for some new reading material, check out the collection of reading quotes below.

A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
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A half-read book is a half-finished love affair. David Mitchell
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If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space. Italo Calvino
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We shouldn't teach great books we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. B.F. Skinner
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or...
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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer...
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People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Logan Pearsall Smith
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for...
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To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. W. Somerset Maugham
Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and...
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Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. Criss Jami
Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled...
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Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’. Helen Exley
My life is a reading list.
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My life is a reading list. John Irving
Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours...
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Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter. Jaachynma N.E. Agu
What kind of life can you have in a house...
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What kind of life can you have in a house without books? Sherman Alexie
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You don't read Gatsby, I said, to learn whether adultery is good or bad but to learn about how complicated issues such as adultery and fidelity and marriage are. A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil. Azar Nafisi
Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
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Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Ruth Rendell
Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.
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Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Jaachynma N.E. Agu
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An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. The texture of the world is painful, inadequate; unalterable, or so it seems to me. Really, I believe that an entire life spent reading would have suited me best. Such a life has not been granted me... Michel Houellebecq
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Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are. That’s my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. So now you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. Ray Bradbury
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In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself. More powerfully and persuasively than from the "shalt nots" of the Ten Commandments, I learned the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. A Wrinkle in Time described that evil, that wrong, existing in a different dimension from our own. But I felt that I, too, existed much of the time in a different dimension from everyone else I knew. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but was never really a stranger. My real, true world. My perfect island. Anna Quindlen
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That's what I do. Watch movies and read. Sometimes I even pretend to write, but I'm not fooling anyone. Oh, and I go to the mailbox. Nicole Krauss
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A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; -- not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself. Henry David Thoreau
You can never get a cup of tea large enough...
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.s. Lewis