140 Book Quotes That Will Make You Feel Inspired

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Here are 140 of the most inspiring book quotes I could find. Hope you’ll find even more inspiration to read, learn and grow. Enjoy!

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A book is a dream that you hold in your hands. Neil Gaiman

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A good book is a creator of inwardness. Susan Sontag

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I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

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Books are the training weights of the mind. Epictetus

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Any book not worth rereading isn’t worth reading. Nassim Nicholas Taleb


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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. William Hazlitt

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Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us. Alain de Botton

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Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in. Arthur Schopenhauer

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The poet lights the light and fades away. But the light goes on and on. Emily Dickinson

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The greatest books have more insights than one can absorb in a single reading. James Pierce


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Stories are illusion. They are so powerful they invite delusion. Stewart Brand

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Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom. Ursula K. Le Guin

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That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit. Louisa May Alcott

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The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. W. Somerset Maugham

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

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The Best Book Quotes

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A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. Carl Sagan

In a good book the best is between the lines. Swedish proverb

All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. Leo Tolstoy

Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare. Harriet Martineau

Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self. Franz Kafka

One kind of good book should leave you asking: how did the author know that about me? Alain de Botton

The very greatest books only manage to illuminate the dark confusion of our lives like a brief brilliant firework. Alain de Botton

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. Mortimer J. Adler

A book is something that can be read ten years after publication. A real book, twenty. Otherwise it is a magazine report with bookbinding. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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We’ve already discovered teleportation and time travel: a good book. Sahil Lavingia

Let just as many books be acquired as are enough, but none for mere show. Seneca

Of all that is written, I love only what a man has written with his own blood. Friedrich Nietzsche

As a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents. Arthur Schopenhauer

I was dumb. I thought reading the classics would make me wise and educated. Now, I simply read the books that interest me. Maxime Lagacé

Part 1. Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Barbara Tuchman

Part 2. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print. Barbara Tuchman

People who ask for book recommendations don’t read. Sahil Lavingia

Great books teach you something every time you read them. Angela Jiang

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. Henry Ward Beecher

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for the body. Margaret Fuller

I would rather read the 100 best books over and over again until I absorbed them, rather than read all the books. Naval Ravikant

The right book at the right time will speak to you in a way the right book at the wrong time just won’t. Naval Ravikant

My library is an archive of longings. Susan Sontag

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Part 2. Book Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Book Quotes (C.S. Lewis, Dr. Seuss, Emerson, etc.)

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Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. Maya Angelou

If a book is well written, I always find it too short. Jane Austen

The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul – books. Emily Dickinson

I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents. Elon Musk

Independent inquiry is needed in your search for truth, not dependence on anyone else’s view or a mere book. Bruce Lee

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

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. C.S. Lewis

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There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway

I was with book, as a woman is with child. C.S. Lewis (Till We Have Faces, Amazon book)

Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters. William Shakespeare

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. Vladimir Nabokov

Throw away your books; stop letting yourself be distracted. Marcus Aurelius (It seems Marcus Aurelius was not a dreamer…)

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes. Desiderius Erasmus

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. Friedrich Nietzsche

Anyone who reads a book with a sense of obligation does not understand the art of reading. Lin Yutang (The Importance of Living, Amazon book)

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. Bertrand Russell

Sleep is good, he said, and books are better. George R. R. Martin

A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools. Thomas Jefferson

A book worth reading is worth buying. John Ruskin

Some books leave us free and some books make us free. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Short Book Quotes

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I water my mind with books. Susan Sontag

Words are life. Markus Zusak (The Book Thief, Amazon book)

Books are absent teachers. Mortimer J. Adler

When I had nothing, I had books. Jola Tankoka

Read more books and fewer articles. Morgan Housel

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

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Your brain is a muscle and books are the weights. James Clear

Books may well be the only true magic. Alice Hoffman

No two persons ever read the same book. Edmund Wilson

A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. Stephen King

I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

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Books have superpowers; they ground you and make you fly too. Maxime Lagacé

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero

Even a great book is not so great if the current you is not ready. @orangebook_

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. Henry David Thoreau

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Inspirational Book Quotes

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There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away. Emily Dickinson

It is the nature of those books we call classics to wait patiently on the shelf for us to grow into them. Erica Jong

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

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it. Elizabeth Drew

Don’t read to show off, read to take off. Maxime Lagacé

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri (See also: travel quotes)

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Neil Gaiman

There is no better teacher than history in determining the future. There are answers worth billions of dollars in a $30 history book. Charlie Munger

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum – of both books and money! But especially books, for books represent infinitely more than money. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold. Henry Miller

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Books are funny little portable pieces of thought. Susan Sontag

Books are gateways into other worlds and other minds into which you cannot otherwise travel. Unknown

I’ll never forgive books for being 300 pages when they could have been 30. Unknown

Think how quiet a book is on a shelf, just sitting there, unopened. Then think what happens when you open it. Ali Smith

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed on and digested. Francis Bacon

Buying books isn’t spending, it’s investing. Sven Schnieders

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See also: What Book has the Most Page-for-Page Wisdom? (fs.blog)

Funny Book Quotes

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′Classic′ – a book which people praise and don’t read. Mark Twain

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts. Charles Dickens

Never read a book written by a journalist. Never read a book if you understand the table of contents. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Funny and true at the the time, right?)

Books keep stupidity at bay. Nina George (The Little Paris Bookshop, Amazon book)

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde

Certain books are apparently written not so that we may learn from them, but to demonstrate the fact that the author knew something. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. G.K. Chesterton (Heretics, Amazon book)

I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom. Heinrich Heine

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One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it. E. M. Forster

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

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. Groucho Marx

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore. Henry Ward Beecher

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. P.J. O’Rourke

If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you. Terry Pratchett

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Deep Book Quotes

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Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame. Oscar Wilde

Number of books completed is a vanity metric. As you know more, you leave more books unfinished. Naval Ravikant

Read the best books several times. The first time, you hear. The second time, you understand. The third time, you learn. The fourth time, you think. After enough reading, the first reading of any book feels like its fourth. @orangebook_

You may have noticed that the books you really love are bound together by a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them, though you cannot put it into words. C.S. Lewis

It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents. William Osler

Those who begin by burning books will end by burning people. Heinrich Heine

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If you don’t feel that you haven’t read enough, you haven’t read enough. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life. Norman Cousins

In a state of society so corrupted as that in which we live, the best instructors and companions are ancient books. Thomas Love Peacock

All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words. Amy Lowell

Conflict is the soul of literature. Erica Jong

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Wise Book Quotes

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My library serves as a visual reminder of what I don’t know. Shane Parrish

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul. Aldous Huxley

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood, Amazon book)

The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. Albert Einstein

There are no books in this world that everybody must read, but only books that a person must read at a certain time in a given place under given circumstances and at a given period of his life. Lin Yutang (The Importance of Living)

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Charles Caleb Colson

If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess. Mortimer J. Adler

The best measure of how good a book is is how many people finished it, not how many people bought it. Very hard/impossible to track, but it’s what separates a good book from good marketing. Morgan Housel

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Bad reading: when you rush through. Good reading: when you go slow. Wise reading: when you understand. Maxime Lagacé

It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially. Donna Tartt (The Secret History, Amazon book)

Good books make you think. Great books reshape your thinking. @orangebook_

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. Italo Calvino

Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends. Dawn Adams

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones, Amazon book)

Do not be guilty of possessing a library of learned books while lacking learning yourself. Desiderius Erasmus

All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time. John Ruskin

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. Carlos Ruiz Zafón

A donkey carrying a pile of holy books is still a donkey. Zen proverb

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See also: The Book You Really Need to Read Next (5 minutes YouTube video by The School of Life)

Part 3. Poems About Books

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Poem #1
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

Poem #2
For books are more than books, they are the life,
The very heart and core of ages past,
The reason why men lived and worked and died,
The essence and quintessence of their lives.
Amy Lowell

Part 4. Conclusion

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I am a product of […] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass. C.S. Lewis

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. Carl Sagan (Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory)

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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