01 Mar 35 Best Quotes About Books
World Book Day
Today is World Book Day. I mean in my life every day is book day! But 24 years ago in 1995 UNESCO created this day to celebrate books and reading.
Most people with children will know world book day because of the last minute scramble for costumes to wear to school! In Ireland and UK we celebrate it every year on the first Thursday of every March.
It is a day to celebrate the written word, the wonder of a good book. And the magic of discovering that author, the one that you feel sees inside your head. Of finding that series of books that helps you realise, that you my dear, are a book lover.
We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform livesBaroness Gail Rebuck – World Book Day Founder
35 Best quotes about books
In honour of this day I have put together a collection of 35 of my favourite quotes about books. Are they the best quotes about books? Well that will be for you to decide. But I certainly love them. Of course if you have a favourite book quote you want to share I would love to hear it. Just pop it in the comments below.
And of course I have squeezed in a few Jane Austen quotes too, because where would a blog post about the best quotes on books be without my favourite author!
They have not been collected in any particular order of preference. All books are created equal here.
1. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.Dr. Seuss
2. You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.C.S. Lewis
3. Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.Mason Cooley
4. A room without books is like a body without a soul.Cicero
5. I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
6. That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.Jhumpa Lahiri
7. Books are a uniquely portable magic.Stephen King
8. “Sleep is good”, he said. “And books are better.”George R.R. Martin
9. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies”, said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”George R.R. Martin
10. 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
11. I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.Jorge Luis Borges
12. Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.Napoleon Bonaparte
13. Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooksDr Seuss
14. I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.Emma Thompson
15. Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.Louisa May Alcott
16. Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
17. She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.Louisa May Alcott
18. Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.Charles W. Eliot
19. The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.Albert Einstein
20. Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.Louisa May Alcott
21. If a book is well written, I always find it too short.Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
22. A beggar’s book outworths a noble’s blood.William Shakespeare
23. Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.Barack Obama
24. What is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?Lewis Carroll
25. Words mean more than we mean to express when we use them; so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer means.Lewis Carroll
26. 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
27. She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself.Frances Hodgson Burnett
28. I want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books.Louisa May Alcott
29. The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.Isabel Allende
30. The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
31. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like itJ.D. Salinger
32. More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.Helen Keller
33. All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you are finished reading one, you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.Ernest Hemingway
34. For I too liked reading, thought of a frivolous and childish kind; I could not digest or comprehend the serious or substantial.Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
35. Give him a book, and he will read all day long.Persuasion by Jane Austen
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