What is your favourite quote about reading or books?

Here are a few interesting quotes about reading and books. Some are funny, some are serious, but all are thought-provoking. Enjoy!

A fondness for reading changes the inevitable dull hours of our life into exquisite hours of delight.” – Charles de Montesquieu

“The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practised at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness.” – Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948)

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”  – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

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

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Do you have a favourite quote about reading or books?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂



13 responses to “What is your favourite quote about reading or books?

  1. Here’s my favorite quote about books:
    “I can not live without books” – Thomas Jefferson
    Erik 🙂


  2. “So many books, so little time.”
    ― Frank Zappa


  3. This may be my new favorite. I’ve never heard it, but I like it very much:
    “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

    It certainly was true for me. I still remember the big rocking chair where my mother would read to me, and I have a photo of myself, perhaps two or three, climbing into my dad’s lap to “help” him read the newspaper.


  4. Hiya Lynn! I hear this a lot, don’t know if it’s a real quote by someone, but everyone says it!

    Just write! 🙂

    and my crit partner says, “you can’t edit a blank page.”


    • Hi Jamie! It’s great to see you! 🙂

      Oh yes, I hear that one too … Just write!… and have even told it to myself. Easy to say, sometimes quite hard to do.
      Your crit partner is right, you can’t edit what has not been put to paper. But judging by what I’ve seen lately, you have been writing
      some amazing stories. I can hardly wait for your book. 🙂


  5. This is a fantastic list! Thank you for sharing.


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  7. I love your quotes Lynn. I have a few favourites. Here are two:
    “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot
    “Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting at the end of a long day makes that day happier.” ~ Kathleen Norris


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