Quotes About Reading Books

Quotes tagged as "reading-books" (showing 1-30 of 461)
George R.R. Martin
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Cassandra Clare
“You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

Susan Wiggs
“You're never alone when you're reading a book.”
Susan Wiggs

Alberto Manguel
“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”
Alberto Manguel, A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books

Simon Van Booy
“[I] read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.”
Simon Van Booy

Dodie Smith
“When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Jeffrey Eugenides
“She'd become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

Melissa Marr
“Life is too short to read books that I'm not enjoying.”
Melissa Marr

Louis L'Amour
“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”
Louis L'Amour

John Green
“I am a grenade," I said again. "I just want to stay away from people and read books and think and be with you guys because there's nothing I can do about hurting you: You're too invested, so just please let me do that, okay?

"I'm going to go to my room and read for awhile, okay? I'm fine. I really am fine: I just want to go read for a while.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Henry Miller
“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation... A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”
Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

C.S. Lewis
“Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.”
C.S. Lewis

Colleen Hoover
“I'm pretty sure my addiction to reading has just reached a whole new level.”
Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

E.M. Forster
“Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

Dorothy Parker
“I like best to have one book in my hand, and a stack of others on the floor beside me, so as to know the supply of poppy and mandragora will not run out before the small hours.”
Dorothy Parker, The Collected Dorothy Parker

Haruki Murakami
“I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Charles T. Munger
“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time -- none, zero. You'd be amazed at how much Warren reads--and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I'm a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

“People who say they don't have time to read simply don't want to.”
Julie Rugg, A Book Addict's Treasury

Alfred Döblin
“I read like the flame reads the wood.”
Alfred Döblin

Helen Humphreys
“Maybe reading was just a way to make her feel less alone, to keep her company. When you read something you are stopped, the moment is stayed, you can sometimes be there more fully than you can in your real life.”
Helen Humphreys, Coventry

“Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.”
Paxton Hood

Stephen Chbosky
“Things change, friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Joe Queenan
“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find 'reality' a bit of a disappointment.”
Joe Queenan, One for the Books

Michel Houellebecq
“An entire life spent reading would have fulfilled my every desire; I already knew that at the age of seven. The texture of the world is painful, inadequate; unalterable, or so it seems to me. Really, I believe that an entire life spent reading would have suited me best. Such a life has not been granted me...”
Michel Houellebecq, Whatever

عباس محمود العقاد
“إن الكتب مثل الناس فيهم السيد الوقور وفيهم الكيس الظريف وفيهم الجميل الرائع وفيهم الساذج الصادق وفيهم الأديب والمخطئ والخائن والجاهل والوضيع والخليع”
عباس محمود العقاد

Félix J. Palma
“...there are so many books left to read. For that reason alone it is worth going on living. Books make me happy, the help me escape from reality.”
Félix J. Palma, The Map of the Sky

Jack Lasenby
“Each time we come to a book we give it a different reading because we bring a different person to it. It is not you who reads the book, the book reads you”
Jack Lasenby, The Shaman And The Droll

Audrey Niffenegger
“When I began writing The Night Bookmobile, it was a story about a woman's secret life as a reader. As I worked it also became a story about the claims that books place on their readers, the imbalance between our inner and outer lives, a cautionary tale of the seductions of the written word. It became a vision of the afterlife as a library, of heaven as a funky old camper filled with everything you've ever read. What is this heaven? What is it we desire from the hours, weeks, lifetimes we devote to books? What would you sacrifice to sit in that comfy chair with perfect light for an afternoon in eternity, reading the perfect book, forever?”
Audrey Niffenegger, The Night Bookmobile

Bruno Bettelheim
“The ability to read becomes devalued when what one has learned to read adds nothing of importance to one's life.”
Bruno Bettelheim

Dacia Maraini
“Cosa farei senza libri? Ne ho la casa piena, eppure non mi bastano mai. Vorrei avere una giornata di trentasei ore per poter leggere a mio piacere. Tengo libri di tutte le dimensioni: da tasca, da borsa, da valigia, da taschino, da scaffale, da tavolo. E ne porto sempre uno con me. Non si sa mai: se trovo un momento di tempo, se mi fanno aspettare in un ufficio, che sia alla posta o dal medico, tiro fuori il mio libro e leggo. Quando ho il naso su una pagina non sento la fatica dell'attesa. E, come dice Ortega y Gasset, in un libro mi "impaeso", a tal punto che mi è difficile spaesarmi. Esco dai libri con le pupille dilatate. Lo considero il piacere più grande, più sicuro, più profondo della mia vita.”
Dacia Maraini, Chiara di Assisi: Elogio della disobbedienza

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