Essay My Favourite Book Quotations Famous Quotes

If you love books and you love to read, you’ll enjoy this selection of quotations.

  1. Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. ~Jeanette Winterson
  2. Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness. ~Helen Keller
  3. It’s a good idea to have your own books with you in a strange place. ~Cornelia Funke
  4. The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more. ~Patricia A. McKillip
  5. Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  6. Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labelled ‘This could change your life.’ ~Helen Exley
  7. Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river. ~Lisa See
  8. Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum. If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you. ~Charles Bukowski
  9. Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. ~William Hazlitt
  10. A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him. ~Walter Mosley
  11. We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever. ~Philip Pullman
  12. 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
  13. Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. ~Anna Quindlen
  14. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  15. 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
  16. A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful. ~Maurice Sendak
  17. That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. ~Lemony Snicket
  19. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
  20. We read to know that we are not alone. ~C.S. Lewis
  21. There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things. ~Jeffrey Eugenides
  22. 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
  23. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~Jacqueline Kennedy
  24. Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books. ~Julian Barnes
  25. 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
  26. We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em. ~John Waters
  27. There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favourite book. ~Marcel Proust
  28. Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding. ~Stephen King
  29. Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations. ~Vladimir Nabokov
  30. To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. ~W. Somerset Maugham

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The quotes about books you’ll see below are not the most famous ones. All of them, however, are highly motivating to rediscover the pleasure of reading.

You may ask, what book quotes have to do with the ebook site. Ebook sites are still mostly focused on the issues related to technology rather than pleasures of reading.

We believe that a reader has to learn only as much technology as it’s needed to fully enjoy the magic of reading. Reading in times of digital content is changing, but it doesn’t mean it gives less pleasure. Just the opposite.

There is absolutely no difference between a hardcover book or an audiobook or a multimedia book application. There is no difference between a high-quality paper and e-ink screen or a high-resolution Retina display.

The biggest pleasure comes from what we read, not from on what we read.

The real difference, though, lies in our attitude to reading. Gilbert K. Chesterton once said: “There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.”

Best quotes about books and reading – recommended sites

There are many sites where you can order your favorite book quote printed on a poster, mug, t-shirt, and tons of other products.

Below you’ll find our recommendations – the sites that offer high-quality book quote designs on a large selection of items.

Amazon Handmade – if you don’t want to sign up to other online stores, you can start exploring Amazon’s own section with handcrafted items. It’s quickly growing, and you’ll find here posters, home decor, and stationery – also with book quotes.

Redbubble – a marketplace for custom-designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of artwork is very high.

Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. What’s more, users can upload their own image and create their own design.

Etsy – it’s the top destination for anyone who wants to express the love for books. The largest marketplace with handcrafted goods offers thousands of literary quotes – on posters, jewelry, personal items, electronic accessories, and clothes.

If you believe there are great quotes that should be added to the list, don’t hesitate to reach us on social media with your recommendations. Thanks!

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An extended list of the most inspirational book quotes of all time: J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, Neil Gaiman, John Green, among others.

50 quotes about books and reading


Books are a uniquely portable magic.

–Stephen King

This beautiful book quote was beautifully visualized by Risa Rodil. You can get the artwork from Redbubble, on a variety of products. Besides a number of posters, you can have iPad and iPhone cases, mugs, wall clocks, and even a duvet cover! And, yes, apparel is here, too. ⇢ Redbubble.


No two persons ever read the same book.

–Edmund Wilson


Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

–Vera Nazarian


If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson


I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it.

–Woodrow Wilson


Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

–Mason Cooley

This famous quote by Mason Cooley is visualized to look like a handwritten text on a page from a dictionary. Artwork by My Printable Art Shop, available as an instant download in a quality good enough for an 8×10-inch poster. ⇢ Etsy.


Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

–P.J. O’Rourke


Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

–Author Unknown


I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.

–Harold Kushner


There is no friend as loyal as a book.

–Ernest Hemingway

A minimalist design from Instant Quotes features one of the most famous quotes about books. There is no better friend than a book, and there is no better way to express it than on a wall. ⇢ Etsy.


There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

–Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


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


You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.


You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a book poster, and that’s kind of the same thing. ⇢ Redbubble.


The book you don’t read won’t help.

–Jim Rohn


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

–John Green


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

–Haruki Murakami

A minimalist and stylish visualization of Murakami’s bright thought on how reading makes us exceptional. ⇢ Etsy.


A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

–Gilbert K. Chesterton


There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

–Gilbert K. Chesterton


A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman

This inspiring quote by Neil Gaiman is worth repeating every day. What about placing it in your bedroom right in front of your bed? You’ll see it when you open your eyes, or right before you’ll close them. ⇢ Etsy.


A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return.

–Salman Rushdie


In a good book the best is between the lines.

–Swedish Proverb


Are we not like two volumes of one book?

–Marceline Desbordes-Valmore


We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.


This anonymous book quote became extremely popular thanks to the famous illustrator Risa Rodil. Just like other designs she offers on Redbubble, this brilliant artwork is offered on several accessories and clothes. ⇢ Redbubble.


Keep reading books, but remember that a book is only a book, and you should learn to think for yourself.

–Maxim Gorky


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


So many books, so little time.

–Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa is the author of one of the most famous quotes about books. It’s been featured on a large number of designs. We picked the one created by Abbie Imagine, and you can get as a poster printed on high quality 192 gsm archival matte paper. ⇢ Etsy.


There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

–Marcel Proust


The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

–Oscar Wilde


Beware of the person of one book.

–Thomas Aquinas


Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be.


A lovely flower typographic poster designed by Stella Bookish Arts is available on t-shirts, iPhone cases, travel mugs, tote bags and over thirty other items. ⇢ Redbubble.


A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.

–Edward P. Morgan


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

–Oscar Wilde

How do you enjoy this book quote poster designed by Blue Poppy Gallery? Oscar’s Wilde quotes is printed on a randomly selected page from a vintage dictionary, and it fits in 8×10-inch frames. ⇢ Etsy.


The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.

–W. Somerset Maugham


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

–Dr. Seuss

Isn’t it one of these quotes that made our childhood a happy and inspiring time? A passage from I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss was visualized by Dune Studio, and you can download it from Etsy in a quality matching posters from 5 × 7 to 16 × 20 inches. ⇢ Etsy.


Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.

–Angela Carter


There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over.

–Gail Carson Levine


Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”

–Helen Exley

This typographic art print was designed by Sacred and Profane and features a bold quote by Helen Exley on how a book can change people’s lives. The poster is available in two sizes, A4 or A3, but you can also order a custom size. ⇢ Etsy.


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


Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

–George Bernard Shaw


Some books leave us free and some books make us free.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the book quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson on a beautifully bright artwork created by Poster Inspired. ⇢ Etsy.


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


You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

–C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is the author of several meaningful quotes about books and reading, and we feature a few of them in this list. The one shown above is beautifully designed by Violet and Alfie. You can get it in one of four colors. ⇢ Etsy.


Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?

–Henry Ward Beecher


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

–William Styron


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

–Henry David Thoreau

Printable Wisdom offers on Etsy a stylishly designed quote by Henry David Thoreau, which will be a perfect decor for a home library. ⇢ Etsy.


One always has a better book in one’s mind than one can manage to get onto paper.

–Michael Cunningham


I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

–William Lyon Phelps


In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.

–Oscar Wilde


There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.

–Josh Jameson

When there comes a time you decide to hang your favorite book quote on a wall, make sure to check out the artwork from The Writing Craft. This quote by Josh Jameson is available on over 40 products: apparel, home decor, personal accessories, and more. ⇢ Redbubble.


There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

–Joseph Brodsky


What you don’t know would make a great book.

–Sydney Smith


You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

–Paul Sweeney


I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.

–Jorge Luis Borges


We read to know that we are not alone.

–William Nicholson

A quote from William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands was turned by Three Gypsy Souls into a catchy artwork. Available as an instant download. ⇢ Etsy.


Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.

–Ezra Pound


That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.

–Amos Bronson Alcott


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

–Frederick Douglas

A motivational book poster with a quote by Frederick Douglas. The typographic layout was designed by Prints & Designs. You can get it as an instant download so that you could print and frame it the way you want. ⇢ Etsy.


Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.

–J.K. Rowling


A book is a device to ignite the imagination.

–Alan Bennett


I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

–Neil Gaiman

Don’t say you wouldn’t like this beautiful quote on a t-shirt, throw pillow or a mug. Yes, this highly recognizable design comes from Risa Rodil. ⇢ Redbubble.


It’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read.

–Judy Blume


If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

–Toni Morrison


A good book has no ending.

–R.D. Cumming

And the last beautiful quote about books turned into a beautiful visual. Hand-lettered by Teri Lea Wright, this 8×10 typographic poster is printed on high-quality matte photo paper. ⇢ Etsy.

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