100 Book Quotes Every Book Lovers Will Love

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Book Quotes

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One-liners, short book quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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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

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


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

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

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri

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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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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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February 13, 2022

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