Do you love to read? If so, why

123 quotes about the second most beautiful thing in the world: reading

by Tim Reichel

Have you already sat down comfortably and read today?

No? Then it's high time.

Because reading is one of the most valuable habits you can practice. When you read, you dive into another world. Your thoughts will be unleashed; your consciousness expands. You learn, be entertained or manage to break out of your reality for a brief moment.

Reading is relaxation and at the same time training your mind. There is no other activity that enables you to do this. Therefore you should take your time every day - at least for a few minutes - to withdraw and read a text of your choice.

If you lack the motivation to do this and you need a nudge, I have put together 123 beautiful quotes about reading for you. These sayings will inspire you and hopefully help you put your smartphone to one side and pick up a book instead.

Have fun while reading.



123 quotes about reading


Quote # 1

Reading is thinking with someone else's brain.

Jorge Luis Borges


Quote # 2

Children are told stories to help them fall asleep - adults to wake up.

Jorge Bucay


Quote # 3

No good book or anything good shows its good side first.

Thomas Carlyle


Quote # 4

If you want to read in the future, you have to leaf through the past.

André Malraux


Quote # 5

Above any good book, the reader's face needs to light up from time to time.

Christian Morgenstern


Quote # 6

There are so many books out there that it makes no sense to read which ones are boring.

Gabriel García Marquez


Quote #7

Books are just thick letters to friends.

Jean Paul


Quote # 8

Of all the worlds that man has created, that of the books is the mightiest.

Heinrich Heine


Quote # 9

A house without books is poor, even if beautiful carpets cover the floors and precious wallpaper and pictures cover the walls.

Hermann Hesse


Quote # 10

Reading is a great miracle.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


Quote # 11

Words are the most powerful drug that mankind uses.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling


Quote # 12

The good books should be banned so that they can be read.

Karl Farkas


Quote # 13

For many people, books are just paper furniture.

Gerard D. Prentice


Quote # 14

Reading strengthens the soul.



Quote # 15

Television educates. Whenever the TV is on, I go to another room and read.

Groucho Marx


Quote # 16

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Marcus Tillius Cicero


Quote # 17

There is more treasure in books than pirate booty on Treasure Island ... and best of all, you can enjoy that wealth every day of your life.

Walt Disney


Quote # 18

It is only through reading that you learn how much you can leave unread.

Wilhelm Rabe


Quote # 19

It would be good to buy books if you could buy the time to read them.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Quote # 20

No reading is worthwhile if it is not entertaining.

William Somerset Maugham


Quote # 21

Reading is drinking letters with your eyes.

Hermann Lahm


Quote # 22

Words are air. But the air turns to wind, and the wind makes the ships sail.

Arthur Kostler


Quote # 23

Women want to experience novels in love, men want to experience short stories.

Daphne du Maurier


Quote # 24

For me a book is a kind of shovel with which I dig myself up.

Martin Walser


Quote # 25

Authors should write standing at a desk. Then they would think of short sentences all by themselves.

Ernest Hemingway


Quote # 26

Mathematics is the alphabet that God used to describe the universe.

Galileo Galilei


Quote # 27

Imagination is more powerful than knowledge because knowledge is limited.

Albert Einstein


Quote # 28

Books are magic carpets into the realm of the imagination.

James Daniel


Quote # 29

The movers also hate people who read books. But at least they have a good reason for it.

Gabriel leaves


Quote # 30

The old words are the best and the short ones are the very best.

Winston Churchill


Quote # 31

I took a quick-reading course once and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It takes place in Russia.

Woody Allen


Quote # 32

Those who do not read good books have no advantage over those who do not read at all.

Mark Twain


Quote # 33

You can't borrow a book you love, you have to own it.

Friedrich Nietzsche



Quote # 34

Some books are to be tasted, others to be devoured, and a few to be chewed and digested.

Francis Bacon


Quote # 35

Not those who have time reads books, but those who feel like reading books read, whether they have a lot of time or not.

Ernst Reinhold Hauschka


Quote # 36

It makes a big difference whether I read for enjoyment and animation or for knowledge and instruction.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Quote # 37

What young people need is discipline and a full bookcase.

Vivienne Westwood


Quote # 38

The invention of the printing press is the greatest event in world history.

Victor Hugo


Quote # 39

When I feel bad, I don't go to the pharmacy, but to my bookseller.

Philippe Dijan


Quote # 40

We shouldn't read words, but rather the person we feel behind the words.

Samual butler


Quote # 41

Reading a book has often affected someone's future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Quote # 42

Anyone who knows how to read has the key to great deeds, to unimaginable opportunities.

Aldous Huxley


Quote # 43

Humanity is a book that is published over and over again with no prospect of ever becoming a bestseller.

William Faulkner


Quote # 44

The real writers are remorseful of mankind.

Ludwig Feuerbach


Quote # 45

Not every book is up to its blurb.

Peter Schifferli


Quote # 46

One of the main drawbacks of some books is that the front and back cover are too far apart.

Robert Lembke


Quote # 47

For me, the woman's soul is an open book - written in an incomprehensible language.

Ephraim Kishon


Quote # 48

There is only one thing more enjoyable than in the evening in bed, reading a book before going to sleep - and that is in the morning, instead of getting up, reading for an hour in bed.

Rose Macaulay


Quote # 49

The spirit of a language is most clearly revealed in its untranslatable words.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


Quote # 50

Reading a book - for me it is exploring a universe.

Marguerite Duras


Quote # 51

The actual university of our day is a collection of books.

Thomas Carlyle


Quote # 52

It is important to come across a book at the right moment.

Hans Derendinger



Quote # 53

A child is a book that we should read and write in.

Peter Rosegger


Quote # 54

Books are the covers of wisdom, embroidered with the pearls of words.

Moshe Ibn Esra


Quote # 55

The more I read, the closer the books brought the world to me, the brighter and more meaningful life became for me.

Maxim Gorky


Quote # 56

The world alone does not make a perfect man. Reading the best writers must be added.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


Quote # 57

Reading without thinking makes you dull; Thinking without reading is wrong.

Bernhard of Clairvaux


Quote # 58

Certain books seem to have been written not so that one learns from them, but so that one knows that the author knew something.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Quote # 59

Books are bees that carry life-producing pollen from one spirit to another.

James Russell Lowell


Quote # 60

There is no such thing as moral or immoral books. Books are good or bad. Nothing else.

Oscar Wilde


Quote # 61

A novel is like the bow of a violin and its resonance body like the soul of the reader.



Quote # 62

Faces are life's reading books.

Frederico Fellini


Quote # 63

A book is a mirror, if a monkey looks in it, no apostle can look out.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Quote # 64

Books have a sense of honor. When you lend them, they never come back.

Theodor Fontane


Quote # 65

If I were a dictator, I would be forbidden by law from borrowing books.

William Saroyan


Quote # 66

You can never read too little of the bad, and you can never read the good too often.

Arthur Schopenhauer



Quote # 67

A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.

Franz Kafka


Quote # 68

It's easier to keep the book than what's in it.

Michel de Montaigne


Quote # 69

The best books are the ones that every reader thinks they could have made themselves.

Blaise Pascal


Quote # 70

Culture is not acquired by reading a lot, but by reading wisely.

André Malraux


Quote # 71

Dealing with books drives people crazy.

Erasmus from Rotterdam


Quote # 72

An encyclopedia is ideally suited to make a burglar incapable of fighting.

Mark Twain


Quote # 73

Books are ships that rush through the vast seas of time.

Francis Bacon


Quote #74

Everyone is convinced that they can criticize books just because they have learned to read and write.

William Somerset Maugham


Quote # 75

Read to Live.

Gustave Flaubert


Quote # 76

A passionate smoker, who always reads about the dangers of smoking to health, in most cases stops - reading.

Winston Churchill


Quote # 77

The World is a Book. Those who never travel only see one side of it.

Augustine Aurelius


Quote # 78

These days, three punch lines and a lie make a writer.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Quote # 79

Reading books means going for a hike to distant worlds, out of the living room and over the stars.

Jean Paul


Quote # 80

Reading is great for thinking.

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy


Quote # 81

I never got beyond the introduction. Letters are too unattractive for me.

Uschi Obermaier


Quote # 82

Language is the clothing of thoughts.

Samuel Johnson


Quote # 83

A classic work is a book that people praise but never read.

Ernest Hemingway


Quote # 84

If love were a medicine - the package insert would be a thick book.

Ernst Ferstl


Quote # 85

Literature always anticipates life. She does not imitate life, but shapes it according to her intention.

Oscar WIlde


Quote # 86

No literature can beat real life when it comes to cynicism.

Anton Chekhov


Quote # 87

The soul of all time lies in books.

Thomas Carlyle


Quote # 88

Writing stories is a way of getting rid of the past.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Quote # 89

A life without books is like a childhood without fairy tales, like a youth without love, like an old age without peace.

Carl Peter Fröhling


Quote # 90

Friends are people who borrow my books and put wet glasses on them.

Edwin Arlington Robinson


Quote # 91

The person who reads nothing is better informed than the person who only reads the newspaper.

Lee Iacocca


Quote # 92

We are with books as with people. We make many acquaintances, but we choose only a few as friends.

Ludwig Feuerbach


Quote # 93

Not reading a lot, but good things a lot and reading often makes you pious and wise.

Martin Luther


Quote # 94

God save me from someone who has just read a booklet.

Thomas Aquinas


Quote # 95

Be careful with health books - you could die from a typo.

Mark Twain


Quote # 96

Man should read whatever it is that drives him; what he reads out of a sense of duty will be of little use to him.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld


Quote # 97

Books are not monuments of the past, but weapons of the present.

Heinrich Laube


Quote # 98

Hungrier, reach for the book: It's a weapon!

Bertolt Brecht


Quote # 99

A mind needs books like a sword needs a grindstone.

George R. R. Martin



Quote # 100

There are more truths in a good book than the author thought he wrote in it.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


Quote # 101

Reading means dreaming through someone else's hand.

Fernando Pessoa


Quote # 102

Education comes from a screen and not from a book, otherwise it would mean booking.

Dieter Hildebrandt


Quote # 103

As soon as I get some money, I buy books; and if there is anything left I buy food and clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus


Quote # 104

A book that is not worth reading at least twice is also not worth reading once.

Karl Julius Weber


Quote # 105

A beautiful book is like a butterfly. It is light in the hand, takes us from one blossom to the next and lets us imagine the sky.

Lao Tse


Quote # 106

You learn to love, laugh, and walk from your parents. But only when you come into contact with books do you discover that you have wings.

Helen Hayes


Quote # 107

Nothing chased away bad dreams faster than the rustle of printed paper.

Cornelia Funke


Quote # 108

A strict and irrevocable rule of what to read and what not to read is silly. One should read everything. We owe more than half of our education today to what we shouldn't read.

Oscar WIlde


Quote # 109

Reading means thinking with someone else's head instead of your own.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Quote # 110

If you have a garden and a library, you won't be wanting for anything.

Marcus Tillius Cicero


Quote # 111

Pen and paper light more fires than any match in the world.

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes


Quote # 112

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can read.

Mark Twain


Quote # 113

All books are too long for me.



Quote # 114

Anyone who reads books looks out into the world and not just up to the fence.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Quote # 115

Literature is nothing more than a directed dream.

Jorge Luis Borges


Quote # 116

In bed one should only take light and entertaining reading, as well as exciting and calming, furthermore very difficult, scientific and frivolous as well as medium-difficult and any other, other kind but not.

Kurt Tucholsky


Quote # 117

Reading in bed is a sign of total devotion to art: you leave it to the poet when you fall asleep.

Ernst Reinhold Hauschka


Quote # 118

Today's books are tomorrow's action.

Heinrich Mann


Quote # 119

What tomorrow's world will look like depends to a large extent on the imagination of those learning to read right now.

Astrid Lindgren


Quote # 120

Books change their content as they get older.

Fritz Vahle


Quote # 121

Education does not come from reading, but from thinking about what has been read.

Carl Hilt


Quote # 122

Knowing that a good book is waiting for you at the end of a long day makes the day happier.

Kathleen Norris


Quote # 123

Even the worst book has its good side: the last.

John Osborne




Reading is a matter of course for many people. Some love it and read as a hobby almost every day; others read for work or deal with it professionally.

Reading can be liberating. It can be fun and significantly broaden your horizons. Reading can change your life, open your eyes and make you happy. However, it can also be overwhelming or frustrating.

It is therefore important to think about reading regularly and NOT to take it for granted. This is also shown by the quotations from above.

Therefore: read carefully. No matter whether you read for your studies, your job or for private pleasure. Make it clear to yourself why you are reading and that you are doing yourself something good with it. With this setting, the most beautiful text becomes even more beautiful and the most difficult book at least a little more bearable.


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