Our Favourite Quotes About Reading

Reading has something that has always been important to me. It has helped me grow as a person and get through difficult times. I can’t imagine where I would be today without this all encompassing love for literature. Books have transformed me and, in many ways, made me the person I am today.

Since quarantine began, reading became even more important to me. It’s helped me escape the confines of my walls and go on an adventure with (fictional) friends that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. Because of how important reading is to us, especially now, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favourite quotes about reading.

Because books are the best distraction…


“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” ―Fernando Pessoa

Because they help us feel connected…


“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ―Charles W. Eliot

Because reading is like spending time with a friend…

"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

“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

Because the stories stay with us…


“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”
—Louis L’Amour

Even during difficult times…


“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

Because books help us escape… 


“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ―Anna Quindlen

And let us explore the world…


“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
—Jhumpa Lahiri

Because they make you feel good…


“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ―Joseph Addison

And are responsible for making us who we are…


“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” ―Gary Paulsen

Because we can write the book our younger selves needed…


“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” —Beverly Cleary

What are your favourite quotes about reading? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Never stop reading.


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