300 Reading Quotes That Will Inspire You To Learn More

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Here are 300 of the best reading quotes I could find. Hope it will spark your desire to read more books, or even better, to reread your favorite one. Enjoy!

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Reading is sowing. Rereading is the harvest. Johnny Uzan

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The right book for the right person is not enough. It needs to be the right book, for the right person at the right time. Johnny Uzan

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

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The smarter you get, the slower you read. Naval Ravikant

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We read books to find out who we are. Ursula K. Le Guin


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

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You become knowledgeable by reading. You become strong by doing. You become wise by thinking. Maxime Lagacé

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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis

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

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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


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Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book. Thomas à Kempis

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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

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It is a most wonderful comfort to sit alone beneath a lamp, book spread before you, and commune with someone from the past whom you have never met. Yoshida Kenko

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In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero. Charlie Munger

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

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The Best Reading Quotes

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

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

Reading a book isn’t a race – the better the book, the slower it should be absorbed. Naval Ravikant

View reading as an investment. Naval Ravikant

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami

A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness. Susan Sontag

Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste. Voltaire

A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle. Vladimir Nabokov

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)

Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand. Ezra Pound

I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. C.S. Lewis

We read to know we are not alone. C.S. Lewis

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. Robertson Davies

At every moment, you should be reading the best book you know of in the world for you. Patrick Collison

Reading is not a chore. Reading is theft. It is a robbery. Someone smarter than you has spent 20 years beating their head against the wall trying to solve the problem you’re dealing with. You can steal that hard-won knowledge and make it yours. That is power. @TheStoicEmperor

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

What a great treasure can be hidden in a small, selected library! A company of the wisest and the most deserving people from all the civilized countries of the world, for thousands of years, can make the results of their studies and their wisdom available to us. The thought which they might not even reveal to their best friends is written here in clear words for us, people from another century. Yes, we should be grateful for the best books, for the best spiritual achievements in our lives. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are sensitized by the books we read. And the more books we read, and the deeper their lessons sink into us, the more pairs of glasses we have. And those glasses enable us to see things we would have otherwise missed. Alain de Botton

Reading the whole book is not important, understanding what you are reading is. @AmuseChimp

Reading: One of the best ways to upgrade human software. Shane Parrish

Remember: reading is a journey to find the great books for you. Johnny Uzan

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

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Part 2. Reading Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Reading Quotes (Mark Twain, Malcolm X, Emerson, etc.)

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Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. Francis Bacon

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X

My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. Malcolm X

When I wasn’t working, the weekends would usually find me alone in an empty apartment, making do with the company of books. Barack Obama

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. Albert Einstein

When we read, another person thinks for us: we merely repeat his mental process. Arthur Schopenhauer

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. Will Rogers

I read myself to sleep every night. Charlie Munger (One of the richest man in the world)

I just sit in my office and read all day. Warren Buffett (One of the richest man in the world)

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. Mark Twain

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

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

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. Voltaire

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. René Descartes

In reality every reader is, while he is reading, the reader of his own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable him to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have perceived in himself. Marcel Proust

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Bonaparte

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive. James Baldwin

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in. Robert Louis Stevenson

Reading brings us unknown friends. Honoré de Balzac

Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers. Steven Spielberg

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. Confucius

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Short Reading Quotes

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

You are what you read. Shane Parrish

Sow the right seeds. Maxime Lagacé

Reading means borrowing. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa

Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. Margaret Fuller

Reading, reflecting, and meditating. Naval Ravikant (On where he gets his best ideas)

I guess there are never enough books. John Steinbeck

No two persons ever read the same book. Edmund Wilson

Go to bed smarter than when you woke up. Charlie Munger

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. Mary Schmich

If they wrote it to make money, don’t read it. Naval Ravikant

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. G.K. Chesterton

One who believes all of a book would be better off without books. Mencius

Forget speed-reading. Anything worth reading is worth reading slowly. Johnny Uzan

Reading new books is overrated. Rereading good old books is underrated. D. Muthukrishnan

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Inspirational And Positive Reading Quotes

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Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book. Jane Smiley

A great book takes years to write but only hours to read. The reader nets the difference. Johnny Uzan

Combine reading, thinking and doing and you become unstoppable. Maxime Lagacé

I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to be content with. Plato

Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth rereading. Susan Sontag

All of the smartest people I’ve met, regardless of where they received their formal education, were mostly self-taught, incredibly curious and voracious readers. Jim O’Shaughnessy

Through reading we discover the world, and through writing we discover ourselves. Unknown

Once you do come across a treasure chest, a life-changing book — throw all of this out the window. Do whatever you can to absorb it. Go all in. Johnny Uzan

Reading science, math, and philosophy one hour per day will likely put you at the upper echelon of human success within seven years. Naval Ravikant

60 minutes of reading. 60 minutes of exercise. 20 minutes of meditation. 140 minutes in total, each day. Will significantly change your how you feel for the remaining 1300 minutes of the day. @LifeMathMoney

Sit in a room and read – and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time. Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth, Amazon book)

The best moments in reading are when you come across something — a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things — that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out and taken yours. Hector (The History Boys)

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. William Styron

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

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul. Joyce Carol Oates

If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I’ve gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time. Tom Peters

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1000 years. To read is to voyage through time. Carl Sagan

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out. Criss Jami

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See also: 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day (lifehack.org)

Funny Reading Quotes

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

I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything. Steven Wright

To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. Groucho Marx

A vacation is a very expensive way to schedule the time to read a book in peace. Naval Ravikant

Most people don’t read. Or if they do, they’re just reading mind candy. Naval Ravikant

People with shelves of untouched books think they’re better than people with closets of untouched shoes. Michael (@mmay3r)

Netflix is overrated. Reading books is underrated. Thibaut

Reading fast gives you two things that should never mix: surface knowledge and overconfidence. Thibaut

If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t f*ck ’em! John Waters

F*ck your shoe collection. Show me your book collection. Unknown

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators. Stephen Fry

Speed reading was made for people who don’t want to read. @AmuseChimp

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. Mark Twain

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

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Deep Reading Quotes (Some Will Make You Think Hard)

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Fools admire everything in an author of reputation. Voltaire (Candide)

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. Frederick Douglass

It’s not about the quantity of books you read, but the quality, not the speed at which you read but your understanding, not the knowledge you gain but the actions you take and the change you create. Maxime Lagacé

Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching. Naval Ravikant

It is well sometimes to half understand a poem in the same manner that we half understand the world. G. K. Chesterton

Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why. Paul Graham

Old books teach urgent new lessons. People read more than ever, but mostly low-value material. Unwanted emails, ragebait articles, insane social media babble… largely worthless ephemera. Quiet libraries are full of half-forgotten marvels. The undimmed genius of the ages. @TheStoicEmperor

What you read doesn’t matter if you don’t think. What you think doesn’t matter if you don’t do. What you do doesn’t matter if you aren’t happy. @orangebook_

Your mind automatically generates thoughts related to the information you consume. Be conscious of your information diet. Michael (@mmay3r)

Sometimes you need to go on a little detour before you’re ready for what the book has to give you. Johnny Uzan

Counting how many books you finish will make you a better finisher, but a worse reader. Johnny Uzan

The writer who has not tortured his sentences tortures his reader. Thibaut

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury

Read what you love until you love to read. Naval Ravikant

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See also: How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler (fs.blog)

Wise Reading Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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But the first lesson reading teaches is how to be alone. Jonathan Franzen (How to Be Alone)

Fools read popular books. The wise the ones they need. Maxime Lagacé

Better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre. Leo Tolstoy

Once can never read too little of bad, or too much of good books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind. Arthur Schopenhauer

It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents. To desire that a man should retain everything he has ever read, is the same as wishing him to retain in his stomach all that he has ever eaten. Arthur Schopenhauer

You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers, and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind. Seneca

Wisdom is acquired through pain, not through books. Reading helps you make sense of your mistakes faster and get more wisdom per unit of pain. Pain is the currency. Readers pay less. Johnny Uzan

To train your body, lift increasingly heavier weights. To train your mind, read increasingly tougher books. Johnny Uzan

Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. You have 24 to chop every day. Sleep, exercise, meditation, reading – those are some of your sharpening tools. Do not chop for 18 hours with a blunt axe. Johnny Uzan

Reading for school is overrated. Reading for pleasure is underrated. Thibaut

Reading only increases the information inside your head. If gaining more clarity is your goal, reading won’t do it. Meditation and journaling will. Kunal (@CrazyPolymath)

Curiously enough, one cannot read a book; one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, and active and creative reader is a rereader. Vladimir Nabokov (Lectures on Literature)

Reread the greats until absorbed. Number of books read is a vanity metric. Naval Ravikant

Reading is the ultimate meta-skill and can be traded for anything else. Naval Ravikant

Meditation, yoga, reading philosophy, non-judgmental awareness, and coaching. Naval Ravikant (On his dharma practice (“right way of living”))

The quality of your thoughts is determined by the quality of your reading. James Clear

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See also: 9 Life Lessons That We Learned From Young Adults Books (epicreads.com)

Part 3. Reading Quotes About…

Reading Quotes About Life

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Mastery of reading and writing requires a master. Still more so life. Marcus Aurelius

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

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Fernando Pessoa

A good book is an event in my life. Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)

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

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C.S. Lewis

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. John Berger

A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. E.B. White

Wealth isn’t being able to buy any book you want, it’s having the time to read any book you want. Christopher Mims

Reading books is procrastination if your life doesn’t change as a consequence. @orangebook_

In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. Anna Quindlen

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Reading Quotes About Books, Literature

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

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. Joseph Joubert

The measure of a good book is the number of copies sold. The measure of a great book is the number of things you learn from it. Maxime Lagacé

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 W. Eliot

If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads. Francois Mauriac

Part 1. To have access to literature, world literature, was to escape the prison of national vanity, of philistinism, of compulsory provincialism, of inane schooling, of imperfect destinies and bad luck. Susan Sontag

Part 2. Literature was the passport to enter a larger life; that is, the zone of freedom. Literature was freedom. Especially in a time in which the values of reading and inwardness are so strenuously challenged, literature is freedom. Susan Sontag

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. Anne Lamott

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. Voltaire

I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time. Virginia Woolf

The story is not in the plot but in the telling. Ursula K. Le Guin

Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author. Mortimer J. Adler

Reading a truly great book 5 times is more valuable than reading 5 good books once. Johnny Uzan

It is far better to devote yourself to a few authors than to get lost among the many. Seneca

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See also: What Book has the Most Page-for-Page Wisdom? (fs.blog) or check out our Recommended Books

Quotes About The Importance of Reading

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The great thing about reading is that it broadens your life. George R.R. Martin

Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw. David Mitchell

A fondness for reading, which, properly directed, must be an education in itself. Jane Austen

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. John Green

Read, think and think some more. Your life changes and if your thinking doesn’t, you’re screwed. Maxime Lagacé

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. William Somerset Maugham

I grew up on books, and then I switched to blogs and then I switched to Twitter and Facebook, and then I realized I wasn’t really learning anything, I was just taking little dopamine snacks all day long. Naval Ravikant

Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible, from complex word problems and the meaning of our history to scientific discovery and technological proficiency. Barack Obama

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. Michel de Montaigne (Essais)

The value of reading is now as much about the capacity to focus as the content of the book. Regular reading is a practice that directs our focus towards something specific. It is a counterpoint to a culture of increasingly fractured attention and compulsive pseudo-multitasking. @TheStoicEmperor

One of the most incredible things about reading: A good book can give you a new way to interpret your past experiences. Whenever you learn a new mental model or idea, it’s like the “software” in your brain gets updated. Suddenly, you can learn new lessons from old moments. James Clear

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. Charles Baudelaire

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Socrates

I believe in the discipline of mastering the best of what other people have figured out. Charlie Munger

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See also: Benefits of Reading Books: How It Can Positively Affect Your Life (healthline.com)

Quotes About How To Read

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Understanding more of what you read is better than reading faster. Shane Parrish

While others are doing speed-reading, read good books twice as slow. @AmuseChimp

When intelligent people read, they ask themselves a simple question: What do I plan to do with this information? Ryan Holiday

Read, think, apply, get feedback, repeat. Those who iterate fast today will be leaders tomorrow. Maxime Lagacé

Speed reading is a compelling way to consume more content while gaining less insight. The purpose of reading is to learn and reflect. It’s about quality, not quantity. A great book should be savored like a gourmet meal, not inhaled like fast food. Adam Grant

Read slowly. Take your time to reflect. Speed reading is nonsense. Don’t make it a race to the last page. Retention and understanding is everything. @LifeMathMoney

Skim quickly to find something worth reading, and then absorb it slowly. Words per minute is a vanity metric – any book worth reading requires pausing to reflect. Naval Ravikant

I no longer track books read or even care about books read. It’s about understanding concepts. Naval Ravikant

At any given time I’m reading 10 or 20 books. If the book is getting a little boring I’ll skip ahead. Sometimes I’ll start reading a book in the middle because some paragraph caught my eye. And I feel no obligation whatsoever to finish the book. Naval Ravikant

Bad reading metrics: Books finished per month. Percentage of books finished from books started. Words per $ spent. Words per minute. The only metric that matters: Learning and enjoyment per word. Johnny Uzan

The value and enjoyment I get from reading skyrocketed when I realised I should pass on anything that’s not absolutely fascinating. Other than that, I accept no other “should”. Curiosity is an incredible gift and should never be constrained by made up rules. Johnny Uzan

Since you’re not reading to pass an exam, long-term retention is the ultimate goal. Johnny Uzan

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See also: How to Read a Book (artofmanliness.com)

Quotes About What To Read (Or reread, or not to Read)

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Most of my reading is rereading. Susan Sontag

I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn very little. Voltaire

Never read a book if you don’t expect to be surprised by something in it, while reading it. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A good book gets better at the second reading. A great book at the third. Any book not worth rereading isn’t worth reading. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

To save time and increase your brainpower don’t read anything with a title that has X [ways/ideas/tips/hacks/things] you need to do right now to [insert something you want]. Shane Parrish

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

I don’t want to read everything, I just want to read the 100 greatest books over and over again. Naval Ravikant

We’re taught from a young age that books are something you finish, books are sacred. When you go to school and you’re assigned to read a book, you have to finish the book. Naval Ravikant

I open up my kindle, I look through. Based on my mood, I’ll flip through to whatever book matches my mood…The most important thing that does for me is it lets me read on a regular basis. Naval Ravikant

Sometimes people start wrapping long books around simple ideas. Those are probably my least favorite books. That’s why I avoid the whole business and self-help category because you generally have one good idea and it’s buried in hundreds or thousands of pages and lots of anecdotes. Naval Ravikant

There are too many mediocre books which exist just to entertain your mind. Therefore, read only those books which are accepted without doubt as good. Seneca

Most of yesterday’s news is forgotten. Most of today’s news is irrelevant tomorrow. Read less of what’s timely and more of what’s timeless. Adam Grant

Reading a book you want to read can be immensely valuable, but reading a book you don’t want to read is practically worthless. James Pierce

You can try to improve how much you learn from each book, but probably the greatest gains from selecting the right set of books to read. Those books are likely older than the ones that are really popular today. Eugene Wei

What you read is more important than how much you read. Reading books is not a contest and there is no prize for reading most number of books. Read what you feel like reading rather than what you are supposed to read. What you read for yourself is what ultimately benefits you. @TheAncientSage

Read books that challenge your beliefs and make you feel stupid. You don’t get better by protecting your ego. You get better by exposing it to truth and being vulnerable. This is how you remain fluid and grow. @TheAncientSage

The key is to have real variety. Books on different subjects, with different page counts and different styles. some more playful and light, others more dense and demanding. I also like having a variety of formats — Kindle, physical and Audio. Johnny Uzan

Don’t obsess over how many books you read per year. That’s a loser’s game. It can pull you towards short and easy books. Some of the best ones are long and demanding, but provide 100X more value than vanilla bestsellers. Johnny Uzan

Every day that you spend being stuck or reluctantly reading a mediocre book, is a day you could have spent engaged with fascinating and impactful works. Johnny Uzan

Read the book you need most right now, not the one that could be useful later. Johnny Uzan

The vast majority of value will come from a deep study of a few great books. Johnny Uzan

Read more (a lot more) than one book at a time. Johnny Uzan

Read what makes you question yourself, not what makes you feel good. @orangebook_

If you finish a book in one go, and understand it all, you chose the wrong difficulty level. @orangebook_

Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it. Jim Rohn

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See also: Everything I Knew About Reading Was Wrong (hackernoon.com)

Quotes About Reading And Writing

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Easy reading is damn hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne

I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. Oscar Wilde

Reading is overrated. Writing is underrated. Thibaut

Reading is wise if you want to learn. Writing is wise if you want to think. Doing is genius if you want to be happy. Maxime Lagacé

Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window. William Faulkner

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. Robert Frost

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Stephen King

‎If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. Stephen King

Constant reading will pull you into a place – a mindset, if you like the phrase – where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. Stephen King

Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading and you’ll go through a phase where you will imitate your favorite writers and that’s fine because that’s a learning experience too. J.K. Rowling

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write. Annie Proulx

Reading is like fresh food for the mind. The consumption fills you with wisdom. Writing is like exercise for the mind. The effort leads to stronger ideas. Meditation is like fasting for the mind. The practice clears your mental digestive tract. James Clear

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. John Keating (Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)

Reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. Kurt Vonnegut

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own. Albert Einstein

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Reading Quotes About Thinking

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Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz

The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. Malcolm X

Rereading is probably more important than reading. Seek to cognitively *own* a great book rather than just *reading* it. Shane Parrish

Beware: When a certain worldview dominates your thinking, you’ll try to explain every problem you face through that worldview. Read widely. James Clear

We read a lot. I don’t know anyone who’s wise who doesn’t read a lot. But that’s not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don’t grab the right ideas or don’t know what to do with them. Charlie Munger

Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him. Edgar Allan Poe (Marginalia)

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Francis Bacon

As you read a book word by word and page by page, you participate in its creation, just as a cellist playing a Bach suite participates, note by note, in the creation, the coming-to-be, the existence, of the music. And, as you read and reread, the book, of course participates in the creation of you, your thoughts and feelings, the size and temper of your soul. Ursula K. Le Guin

Slow reading, most enjoyable reading. Slow learning, deepest understanding. Slow to conclusions, deepest thinking. Rushing can make you waste time and life. @orangebook_

What counts, in the long run, is not what you read; it is what you sift through your own mind; it is the ideas and impressions that are aroused in you by your reading. It is the ideas stirred in your own mind, the ideas which are a reflection of your own thinking, which make you an interesting person. Eleanor Roosevelt

While we read a novel, we are insane – bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren’t there, we hear their voices… Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. Ursula K. Le Guin

When you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think. John Keating (Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke

To read is to inhabit the mind of another. Some minds will overtake yours. Angela Jiang

Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else’s head instead of with one’s own. Arthur Schopenhauer

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)

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See also: The Most Effective Way to Retain What You Read (fs.blog)

Reading Quotes About Learning, Reading Habit

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I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most. Margaret Atwood

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you. Louis L’Amour

Boring books are dead wood. To keep your fire alive, choose books that excite you. The more insights you gain, the more joy you have, the more you want to read. Maxime Lagacé

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. Cassandra Clare

It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree – make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to. Elon Musk

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

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

There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over. When you do, the words get inside you, become a part of you, in a way that words in a book you’ve read only once can’t. Gail Carson Levine

In reading a novel, any novel, we have to know perfectly well that the whole thing is nonsense, and then, while reading, believe every word of it. Finally, when we’re done with it, we may find – if it’s a good novel – that we’re a bit different from what we were before we read it, that we have changed a little… But it’s very hard to say just what we learned, how we were changed. Ursula K. Le Guin

To paraphrase Bruce Lee: I bet not on the man who’s read 10,000 books and applied their lessons once, but I bet on the man who read one book and applied its lessons 10,000 times. Kamal Ravikant

Any kind of important book should immediately be read twice…one grasps the matter in its entirety…understands the beginning when the end is known… temper and mood are different so that one gets another impression… one sees the matter in another light. Arthur Schopenhauer

When I was five or six, I read Eve Curie’s biography of her mother. I read comic books, dictionaries, and encyclopedias indiscriminately, and with great pleasure… It felt like the more I took in, the stronger I was, the bigger the world got. Susan Sontag

You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read. John Wooden

See also: How To Learn Faster – 30 Simple Hacks (Based On Science) (wisdomquotes.com)

Reading Quotes About Children

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

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

Young people should be careful in their reading, as old people in eating their food. They should not eat too much. They should chew it well. Winston Churchill

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. G.K. Chesterton

One of the sad realities today is that very few people, especially young people, read books. Unless we can find imaginative ways of addressing this reality, future generations are in danger of losing their history. Nelson Mandela

I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage. Roald Dahl

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. Maya Angelou

When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values. Simone de Beauvoir (The Woman Destroyed)

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Reading Quotes About Happiness

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But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short. Jane Austen

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness? A: Reading. David Bowie

Off I go, rummaging about in books for sayings which please me. Michel de Montaigne

Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations. Vladimir Nabokov

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. Annie Dillard

Finishing a great book brings satisfaction. Rereading a great book brings delight. Maxime Lagacé

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Logan Pearsall Smith

I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material. Sarah J. Maas

That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn

The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more. Patricia A. McKillip

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

The good, the admirable reader identifies himself not with the boy or the girl in the book, but with the mind that conceived and composed that book. Vladimir Nabokov

It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else. John Waters

I was burning through books every day – stories about people and places I’d never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair. Sarah J. Maas

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. C.S. Lewis

I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. Arthur Schopenhauer

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Part 4. Reading Quotes For…

Reading Quotes For Kids

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

Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you. Barack Obamba

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. J.K. Rowling

Nobody knows the right book for you but one thing is sure, there are a ton. Keep searching. Maxime Lagacé (See also: be yourself quotes)

Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder. Austin Kleon

Falling in love with reading is a permanent antidote against boredom. @orangebook_

Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day. Charlie Munger

Reading books is almost like cheating in the game of life. You get to know what works and what doesn’t without trying everything yourself. Sven Schnieders

When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. C.S. Lewis (On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature)

Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity. Aaron Swartz

Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you’ll never know where you’ll get an idea from. Malcolm X

Be a life-long student, read as many books as possible. Nelson Mandela

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Reading Quotes For Teachers, Parents, The Classroom

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The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives. J.K. Rowling

I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp. J.K. Rowling

It’s not about the number of books read. It’s about a love of learning, curiosity and fun. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything. George Carlin

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library. Maya Angelou

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

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good. Barack Obama

Our hope is that the elementary reading of comics will lead to the joy of reading good books. Nelson Mandela

Reading must not be taught simply as a school exercise. Michael Morpurgo

Reading, coding, selling. Naval Ravikant (On the most important things to teach 20-year-olds)

Why do schoolchildren hate reading? Just look at what they’re made to read. @TheStoicEmperor

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Albert Einstein

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See also: How to Raise a Reader (nytimes.com) or Science Says These 10 Things Will Help You Raise Extremely Smart and Successful Kids (inc.com)

Part 5. Conclusion

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To me, literature is a calling, even a kind of salvation. It connects me with an enterprise that is over 2000 years old. What do we have from the past? Art and thought. That’s what lasts. That’s what continues to feed people and give them an idea of something better. A better state of one’s feelings or simply the idea of a silence in one’s self that allows one to think or to feel. Which to me is the same. Susan Sontag

Call to action: Read A Helpful Guide to Reading Better (fs.blog)