Some Notable Quotes on Books and Reading

“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” – Roald Dahl

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

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

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

“Beware of the person of one book.” – Thomas Aquinas

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

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

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

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglas

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” – Austin Phelps

“You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.” – Strickland Gillilan

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.” – Mark Twain

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

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” – Betty Smith

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

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