100 Best Book Lover Quotes for Readers (With Pictures)

If you’re a lover of books like I am, you know that this art form has the power to change your life.

From inspiring stories to philosophical ideas, books open our minds and hearts in ways we never imagined before. That’s why I collected the 100 best book lover quotes to help us find the words for why you love reading.

Here Are the 100 Best Book Lover Quotes for Readers

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  1. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”—Ernest Hemingway
  2. “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”―Haruki Murakami
  3. “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”—Joseph Addison
  4. “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.”―Terry Pratchett
  5. “We live for books.”―Umberto Eco
  6. “Books were safer than other people anyway.”―Neil Gaiman
  7. “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”―Sir Francis Bacon
  8. “So many books, so little time.”—Frank Zappa
  9. “In the end, we’ll all become stories.”―Margaret Atwood
  10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”―Dr. Suess
  11. “That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.”—Anthony Trollope
  12. “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”—Irving Stone
  14. “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to write one book.”—Christopher Kokoski
  15. “The richest people are those who own books.”—Anonymous
  16. “You see, unlike in the movies, there is no THE END sign flashing at the end of books. When I’ve read a book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished anything. So I start a new one.”―Elif Shafak
  17. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  18. “To be absorbed by a book is pure bliss and solace.”—Anonymous
  19. “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”—Christopher Morley
  20. “A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your morality.” –Anonymous

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Book Lover Quotes

  1. “Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.”―R.L. Stine
  2. “A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”―Neil Gaiman
  3. “The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”―Malcolm X
  4. “Reading is an intellectual collision with minds greater than our own.”―Anonymous
  5. “When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”―Jane Austen
  6. “Unlike television, every book opens up new worlds that can be explored at our leisure and discretion.”―Anonymous
  7. “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.”—William Styron
  8. “There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.”—Gilbert K. Chesterton
  9. “When I open a book I open my heart and soul, too.”―Anonymous
  10. “I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.”―Arthur Conan Doyle
  11. “No two persons ever read the same book.”―Edmund Wilson
  12. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”—Fernando Pessoa
  13. “The story is truly finished – and meaning is made – not when the author adds the last period, but when the reader enters.”―Celeste Ng
  14. “A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”—Lemony Snicket
  15. “Books stretch your limits, they make you think bigger and wider than ever before.”―Anonymous
  16. “In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.”―Gail Honeyman
  17. “Books are like little worlds that live between the pages.”―Anonymous
  18. “When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”—Hilaire Belloc
  19. “It is a good rule after reading a new book never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”—CS Lewis
  20. ”Words on paper can be just as powerful as any image or artwork.”—Anonymous

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Book Lover Quotes

  1. “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.”―Maya Angelou
  2. “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”―Mark Twain
  3. “Books may well be the only true magic.”—Alice Hoffman
  4. “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”―Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”—Francois Mauriac
  6. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”—Toni Morrison
  7. “The problem with books is that they end.”―Caroline Kepnes
  8. “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”—Desiderius Erasmus
  9. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”—John Green
  10. “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”—Annie Dillard
  11. “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”―Lisa Kleypas
  12. “A person who doesn’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”―Mark Twain
  13. “Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.”—Jim Bishop
  14. “It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.”―Catherynne M. Valente
  15. “Maybe it’s possible to have more than one home. Maybe it’s possible to belong in a hundred different ways to a hundred different people and places.”―Emily Henry
  16. “Life without books would be like a summer without ice cream – so terribly boring!”―Anonymous
  17. “It’s not hoarding if it’s books―it’s collecting!”―Anonymous
  18. “Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.”―Khaled Hosseini
  19. “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”—Jhumpa Lahiri
  20. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”―Jorge Luis Borges

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Book lover quotes

  1. “No matter how many times you read a good book, it will always surprise you with something new.”―Anonymous
  2. “I love the solitude of reading. I love the deep dive into someone else’s story, the delicious ache of a last page.”―Naomi Shihab Nye
  3. “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”—Logan Pearsall Smith
  4. “I’m not a bookworm, I’m a book dragon!”―Anonymous
  5. “A book is like a garden carried in your pocket.”―Chinese Proverb
  6. “Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”―David Mitchell
  7. “A love of reading shows empathy, the desire to understand how others live or act or might act—and why.”—Celeste Ng
  8. “Books help you discover things about yourself that you didn’t know before.”―Anonymous
  9. “A book is a device to ignite the imagination.”―Alan Bennet
  10. “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”―Diane Duane
  11. “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.”—Abraham Lincoln
  12. “I met all my favorite boyfriends in books.”―Anonymous
  13. “Once I began to read, I began to exist. I am what I read.”―Walter Dean Myers
  14. “I know some who are constantly drunk on books as other men are drunk on whiskey.”—H.L. Mencken
  15. “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.”—Mary Ann Shaffer
  16. “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.”—Kate DiCamillo
  17. “No. I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.”―Sarah J. Maas
  18. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
  19. “A good book has no ending.”―R. D. Cumming
  20. “We lose ourselves in books; we find ourselves there too.”―Anonymous

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  1. “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”―Orhan Pamuk
  2. “Books may well be the only true magic.”―Alice Hoffman
  3. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”—Madeleine L’Engle
  4. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”―Oscar Wilde
  5. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”―Harper Lee
  6. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”—Walt Disney
  7. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”—C.S. Lewis
  8. “I believe there is power in words, power in asserting our existence, our experience, our lives, through words.”―Jesmyn Ward
  9. “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.”—Mortimer Adler
  10. “A house without books is like a room without windows – no light; all dark inconclusiveness.”―Henry Ward Beecher
  11. “It’s incredibly easy to slip away into another world with a book firmly in your grasp.”―Darren Shan
  12. “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out Is a spark.”―Victor Hugo
  13. “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.”―Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  14. “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”―Anne Herbert
  15. “My alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”―Malcolm X
  16. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”―Ray Bradbury
  17. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.”―George R.R. Martin
  18. “But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”—Jane Austen
  19. “I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.”―Nnedi Okorafor
  20. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”—Stephen King

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