100 Reading Quotes Every Book Lover Can Relate To

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 best reading quotes I could find. Hope it will spark your desire to read more books, or even better, to reread your favorite ones. 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


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)

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

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

Reading for curiosity is better than reading for self improvement. Shane Parrish (Source)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, and backgrounds.
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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

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

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

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

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. Mary Schmich

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No two persons ever read the same book. Edmund Wilson

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


Inspirational Reading Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

Part 3. 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

I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read. George R.R. Martin

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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.

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March 6, 2022

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