Thursday, January 14, 2021

Quotes about Reading by Merrillee Whren

Today I'm sharing quotes about reading from famous authors.

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

2.“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

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

4. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury

5.  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

6. “I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

7.  “The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” – Benjamin Franklin

8.  “We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.” – Jules Verne

9. “Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.” – Arnold Lobel

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

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

12. “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl

13.  “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham

14. “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling

15.  “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

16.  “Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” – E.B. White

17.  “I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.” – Edgar Allan Poe

18.  “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.” – Jane Austen

19.  “Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.” – Voltaire

20.  “Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen

It is hard to choose just one quote as a favorite, but I like the first one. Which one of these quotes is your favorite, or do you have a quote of your own?

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.




  1. Thank you for these quotes, Merrillee. I love them all. Number 20 is new to me, so I'll choose that as my favorite for today. ;)

  2. I think that #20 represents a lot of readers! I am sure I have books on my e-reader that I may (sadly) never get to read. There is a lot of truth in #19 - Just because an author is famous doesn't mean every word he/she has written is worth my time. What others think about my choices is their opinion only and makes no difference whether they like what I enjoy reading.

  3. Not sure which is my favorite quote but I liked number 20 a lot