25 Bookish Quotes For Bookworms

What a wonder books are. Just think of how mere cardboard, paper, and ink combine with a writer’s imaginative power to create living worlds, people, and stories. I can hardly remember a time when I did not love reading, and nothing brings me greater joy than curling up in bed with a good book. Books help me see, dream, and write. Books are my world. For all of the bookworms out there, here are 25 amazing quotes that describe the joy of reading.

A book is a dream Neil Gaiman quote

1—“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” —Neil Gaiman

2—“The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. When I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.” —Oliver Goldsmith

3—“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” —Frederick Douglas

4—“If the crowns of all the kingdoms of Europe were laid down at my feet in exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all.” —François Fénelon

5—“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” —Maya Angelou

6—“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” —Alan Bennett

7—“We read to know that we are not alone.” —C.S. Lewis

8—“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” —Anne Lamott

9—“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges

10—“No two persons ever read the same book.” —Edmund Wilson

11—“A good book has no ending.” —R.D. Cumming

12—“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

13—“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates

One life to live book quote

14—“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” —Anonymous

15—“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

16—“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” —Madeleine L’Engle

17—“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” —Desiderius Erasmus

18—“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.” —Lloyd Alexander

19—“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” —C.S. Lewis

20—“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” —John Green

Anna Quindlen quote books are home

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

22—“I never feel lonely if I’ve got a book – they’re like old friends. Even if you’re not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they’re part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life.” —Emilia Fox

23—“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.” —Angela Carter

24—“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” —Henry Ward Beecher

25—“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” —Stephen King

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