10 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading That Will Inspire You


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


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


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


The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.“ — Pablo Neruda


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


Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.“ — John Locke


A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.“ — Henry David Thoreau


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested.” — Francis Bacon


A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” — George R.R. Martin


The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.” — Gustave Flaubert


Have you enjoyed these quotes? Which is your favorite?

28 thoughts on “10 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading That Will Inspire You

  1. Number 9 definitely….I’ve been a murderer, a nanny, a goatherd, a submariner, a prostitute, a ringleader of thieves, a giant, a dwarf, a hobbit, a wizard…and rarely ever myself which can be an awesome bonus at times.x

  2. These are great, and I love Pullman’s, but I admit that Einstein had a good point, and Thoreau probably explained it well. Reading moves us toward creating and doing. But anything can be used as a distraction from the glory of living life. Very interesting. Thanks! In this Buzzfeed culture it’s rare to find a list of 10 anythings that are actually thought provoking.

  3. I could probably make a case for each being my favorite, but my gut, my instinct is Ocsar Wilde’s. I can’t count the times when, out of the blue, I’ve cited a quote I’ve read to explain an experience in my day to day life.

  4. I couldn’t read past 5. I could not decipher what Albert Einstein wanted to say. “reading diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits.” What does it mean?

  5. No. 9. It reminds of a similar quote- Cowards die many times before their death.The valiant never taste of death but once.

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