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120 Inspirational Reading Quotes for Kids, Parents and Teachers

Are you looking for a way to motivate your kid or yourself to read? The ultimate list of quotes for kids, parents and teachers below can help you. Check it out!

 

Importance of Reading Quotes To Motivate Kids (and Grown-ups) To Read

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

"The more that you learn, the more places you'll go". Dr. Seuss

2. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius

3. “It is better to know how to learn than to know.” Dr. Seuss

4. “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” Unknown

5. A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors. Charles Baudelaire Click To Tweet

6. “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

7. “It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can.” Jane Hamilton

8. “It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.” S.I. Hayakawa

9. “Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.” Jesse Lee Bennett

10. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Fredrick Douglas

11. Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge. Alberto Manguel Click To Tweet

12. “I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.” Gary Paulsen

13. “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” Lloyd Alexander

14. “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” Roald Dahl, Matilda

15. “Reading brings us unknown friends.” Honore de Balzac

16. He that loves reading has everything within his reach. William Godwin Click To Tweet

17. “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” Mortimer J. Adler

18. “Readers are lucky – they will never be bored or lonely.” Natalie Babbitt

19. “Reading … a vacation for the mind.” Dave Barry

20. “Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” Mary Schmich

21. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” Walt Disney

22. The whole world opened to me when I learned to read. Mary McLeod Bethune Click To Tweet

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

24. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin from A Dance with Dragons

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Love of Reading Quotes

25. “I even love the smell of books.” Adriana Trigiani

"I even love the smell of books". Adriana Trigiani

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

27. “A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.” Chinese proverb

28. “An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise.” Thomas Wharton

29. Be awesome! Be a book nut! Dr. Seuss Click To Tweet

30. “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” Henry Ward Beecher

31. “Few things leave a deeper mark on the reader, than the first book that finds its way to his heart.” Carlos Ruiz Zafon

32. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen

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

34. Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. Cornelia Funke Click To Tweet

35. “My early and invincible love of reading — I would not exchange for the treasures of India.” Edward Gibbon

36. “The only way to do all the things you’d like to do is to read.” Tom Clancy

37. “You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss

38. Fiction Is My Addiction. Dr. Seuss Click To Tweet

39. “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

40. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Garrison Keillor

41. “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” Dr. Seuss

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Inspirational Reading Quotes

42. “I do not read a book; I hold a conversation with the author.” Elbert Hubbard

"I do not read a book, I hold a conversation with the author." Elbert Hubbard

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

44. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison

45. “When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.” Christopher Morley

46. In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. Anna Quindlen Click To Tweet

47. “In the words of Agatha Swanburne, founder of Swanburne Academy, ‘Every book is judged by its cover until it is read.’” Mary Rosewood, “Book 1; The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place”

48. “There’s something good in every book, but sometimes you just have to look for it.” Unknown

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50. “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested throughly.” Cornelia Funk

51. “There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back.” Jim Fiebig

52. “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Hazel Rochman

53. “When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.” John Berger

See also: “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” Chinese proverb

 

Funny Reading Quotes

54. “Never judge a book by its movie.” J.W. Eagan

"Never judge a book by its movie." J W Eagan

55. “I can read in red. I can read in blue. I can read in pickle color too.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

56. “You have to be a speedy reader because there’s so so much to read.” Dr. Seuss

57. So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads. Dr. Seuss Click To Tweet

58. “Wear the old coat and buy the new book.” Austin Phelps

59. “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison

60. “What word in the English language has three consecutive double letters? Answer: Bookkeeper.” Unknown

61. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx

62. I was reading a book…’history of glue’…I couldn’t put it down. Tim Vine Click To Tweet

63. “Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.” Oprah Winfrey

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Famous Reading Quotes (Dr. Seuss, J K Rowling, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Stephen King, etc.)

64. “I am a part of everything that I have read.” Theodore Roosevelt

"I am a part of everything that I have read." Theodore Roosevelt

65. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

66. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King

67. “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” Bill Gates

68. The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t. Mark Twain Click To Tweet

69. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Harry S. Truman

70. “I cannot live without books.” Thomas Jefferson

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

72. I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp. JK Rowling Click To Tweet

73. “So many books, so little time.” Frank Zappa

74. “Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.” Holbrook Jackson

75. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” Henry David Thoreau

76. We read to know we are not alone. C.S. Lewis Click To Tweet

77. “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” Mark Twain

78. “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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

80. You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius Click To Tweet

81. “The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.” Abraham Lincoln

82. “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” Kofi Anan

83. “I feel the need of reading. It is a loss to a man not to have grown up among books.” Abraham Lincoln

84. “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom” Robert Frost

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Reading Quotes For Teachers in Classroom

85. “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

"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

86. “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

87. “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” James Russell Lowell

88. “It is better to read a little and ponder a lot than to read a lot and ponder a little.” Dennis Parsons Burkitt

89. “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” Unknown

90. Teaching reading IS rocket science. Louisa Moats Click To Tweet

91. “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” Roald Dahl

92. “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.” Enrique Jardiel Poncela

93. “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations–something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” Katherine Patterson

94. Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke Click To Tweet

95. “Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” – Art Spiegelman

96. “A reader lives a thousand lives, before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R. R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

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Reading Quotes For Parents

97. “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” Dr. Seuss

"You are never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child." Dr. Seuss

98. “From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.” Helen Hayes

99. “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” – Mary Ellen Chase

100. Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words. Betty Smith Click To Tweet

101. “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” – Kate DiCamillo

102. “When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.” – Mem Fox

103. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” Lemony Snicket

104. “No entertainment is so cheap as reading,
nor any pleasure so lasting.” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

105. Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. Emilie Buchwald Click To Tweet

106. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” C.S.Lewis

107. “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” Marilyn Jager Adams

108. There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all. Jacqueline Kennedy Click To Tweet

109. “There is no frigate like a book, to take us lands away” – Emily Dickinson

110. “So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” – William James

111. “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be—I had a Mother who read to me.” Strickland Gilliland

112. “One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.” Carl Sagan

113. A house without books is like a room without windows. Heinrich Mann Click To Tweet

114. “Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.” Judy Blume

115. “Children’s reading and children’s thinking are the rock-bottom base upon which this country will rise. Or not rise. In these days of tension and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that books for children have a greater potential for good or evil than any other form of literature on earth.” Dr. Seuss