Reading booksBooks are super-important and is perhaps the greatest invention of all time. Through books, one can develop mental aptitude and sagacity. If you’ve followed this blog for a short while, you’d know that an emphasis on reading and developing oneself is one of  the strategies through which we seek to project our community members on a path towards success (yeah, no kidding!).


It is in light of this, I thought it prudent to put together 33 of the absolute best quotes I could find on the subject. Quotes which I hope will incite a nouveau zeal for reading in your personal life.


Before we delve into the quotes however, what is all this fuss about reading about? I’d let the words of Charlie ‘tremendous’ Jones provide a riposte. ‘You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read’. See why books are important?


You may never personally acquaint yourself with a Bezos, a Gates or a Rev Chris, but through books, you can gain an insight into the nature of their thoughts and use same to improve your life. You can begin to see life from their vantage point and ‘stand on the shoulder of giants’


Okay, okay, can we skip past my yattering and straight to the quotes? You asked and here they are – – 33 of the most motivational quotes about reading and book. Enjoy!


The quotes


  1. ‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’. –Stephen King


  1. ‘If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads’. –Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. ‘It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it’. –Oscar Wilde


  1. ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’. –Dr. Seuss


  1. ‘A book is a device to ignite the imagination.’ –Alan Bennett


  1. ‘Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.’
    ― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel


  1. ‘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 William Eliot


8. ‘The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries’. —Rene Descartes


9. ‘Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work’. —Khaled Hosseini


10. ‘To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark’.—Victor Hugo


  1. ‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library’ ― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice


  1. The greatest gift is a passion for reading. —Elizabeth Hardwick


  1. ‘Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book’. –Author Unknown


  1. ‘Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time’. —E.P. Whipple


  1. ‘A house without books is like a room without windows’. —Heinrich Mann


  1. ‘Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything’. —Tomie dePaola


  1. ‘It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can’. —Jane Hamilton


  1. ‘I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves’. —Anna Quindlen


  1. ‘He that loves reading has everything within his reach’. —William Godwin


  1. ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’. —Joseph Addison


21. ‘A book is a dream you hold in your hands’. —Neil Gaiman


22. ‘Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can. -William Feather


  1. ‘Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light’.–Vera Nazarian


  1. ‘A room without books is like a body without a soul’ –Cicero


  1. ‘If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads’. –Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. ‘Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be’. –Anonymous


  1. ‘A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others’. —Abraham Lincoln


  1. ‘Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities’. —Ben Okri


29. ‘There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them’. –Joseph Brodsky


30. ‘A book is a dream that you hold in your hand’. –Neil Gaiman


  1. ‘We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too’. –Anonymous


  1. “Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” –Helen Exley


  1. ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free’. –Frederick Douglas



Can you think of any I excluded? Or, you wish to share one of yours? Be at ease to share them in the comment section. Thank you.









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