20 Quotes about the importance of reading

20 Quotes about the importance of reading

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As people begin to pick up an Xbox controller over a book, we think it is important to remind the world of the importance of reading. Let these quotes inspire you and the ones around you to put the smartphone down and carve out a little extra time for reading.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
– Groucho Marx

“Books train your mind to imagination to think big.” – Taylor Swift

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

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

“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

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” Victor Hugo

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

“Grinning is something you do when you are entertained in some way, such as reading a good book or watching someone you don’t care for spill orange soda all over themselves.” – Lemony Snicket

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.”
– Unknown

“I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that live with you forever.” – J.K. Rowling

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

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini

Courtney Paasch

Courtney Paasch is a book enthusiast and has been known to spend full days in the library. She worked as a digital producer at Cronkite News where she fell in love with digital media and website design. Courtney loves to find creative and innovative ways to push social media campaigns and draw reader engagement. Her favorite thing to do on a day off is load up her Jeep with her wife and two rescue dogs, Jaxson and Rosie and head out on an adventure.

2 Comments
  1. My favorite quote from your article is from Roald Dahl: “If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” If I were to start reading, I can suggest starting with a book that one wants to read about. For example, I drink coffee often so if I were to start my reading habit I could choose to read about how coffee is made or how coffee baristas are trained.

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