So many books, so little time.
— Frank Zappa
One of the joys of quotations is that you can enjoy all of the pithy wisdom of great writers, thinkers, and speakers, without having to catch up on reams of reading materials.
However, here at Quotables, we love getting our noses stuck into a good book. Here are some of our Top 10 Quotes about the joy and importance of reading.
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.
— Jane Austen
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
— Harper Lee
If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books in their house, don’t sleep with them. I think that’s very important.
— John Waters
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
— Bertrand Russell
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
— Logan Pearsall Smith
Wicked people never have time for reading. It’s one of the reasons for their wickedness.
— Lemony Snicket
She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
— Louisa May Alcott
No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
— C. S. Lewis
The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
— Alan Bennett
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
For more quotes about reading, check out our Top 100 Bookish Quotes, , and Quotes for World Book Day.
What are your favourite quotes about reading?