29 Quotes About the Power of Reading

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

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” — Harper Lee

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." — Dr. Seuss

"My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” — Malcolm X

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” — Napoléon Bonaparte

"If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” — J.K. Rowling

“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.” — Albert Einstein

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” — Jean Rhys

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” — Mortimer J. Adler

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” — Malorie Blackman

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” — Carl Sagan

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” — Abraham Lincoln

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

“I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.” — Wisława Szymborska

“We read to know we're not alone.” — William Nicholson

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” — Cassandra Clare

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” — Kate DiCamillo

“Read a lot. Expect something big, something exalting or deepening from a book. No book is worth reading that isn’t worth re-reading.” — Susan Sontag

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” — James Baldwin

“Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.” — Barack Obama

“A love of reading shows empathy, the desire to understand how others live or act or might act—and why.” — Celeste Ng

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

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

“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