41 Quotes About Reading

Reading is more than fundamental. Reading is a pastime, a learning tool, and a thinking tool. You’re reading this blog, so it’s a good guess that you are a reader. I hope you enjoy these 41 quotes about reading.

If you can read this, thank a teacher.

– Anonymous Teacher

If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.

– J.K. Rowling

You can tell a lot about a person by the book they’re carrying.

 Joseph Patrick Pascale

No two persons ever read the same book.

–Edmund Wilson

Never judge a book by its movie.

– J. W. Eagan

Quotes About Reading & the Mind

A bookstore is the only evidence we have that people are still thinking.

―Jerry Seinfield

Reading is the life-saving water for our minds. Drink pure words as much as you need and remain alive! 

― Munia Khan

A library is a hospital for the mind.

— Anonymous
Photo of rows of bookshelves in a library, part of 41 Quotes about reading

A library is thought in cold storage.

— Herbert Samuel

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.

–Edward P. Morgan

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

– Joseph Addison

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

–Haruki Murakami

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.

– Jim Rohn

Quotes About Why We Read

I divide all readers into two classes; those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

–William Lyon Phelps
Image of woman on red sofa, reading a book.

We read to know that we are not alone.

–William Nicholson

A love of reading shows empathy, the desire to understand how others live or act or might act – and why.

–Celeste Ng

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

–Bertrand Russell

He that loves reading has everything within his reach.

–William Godwin

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

–Mason Cooley

Reading allows me to recharge my batteries.

–Rahul Dravid 

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. 

—Kofi Annan

Quotes About Reading & Kids

Reading is a joy for my kids, and to swing in a hammock on a lazy summer day reading a good book just goes with summer.

—Marcia Gay Harden

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.  

—Kate DiCamillo

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him. 

—Maya Angelou

One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.

—Carl Sagan

Quotes About Reading & Society

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

–Joseph Brodsky

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

– Ray Bradbury

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. 

—Vera Nazarian

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

–Mark Twain

Quotes about the Love of Reading

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman

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

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

– Garrison Keillor

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.

– Louis L’Amour

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.

– Diane Duane

A house without books is like a room without windows. 

—Heinrich Mann

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. 

—Edmund Burke

There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.  

—Maurice Sendak

Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them.

—George Saunders

If you enjoyed these quotes you might enjoy brainyquote.com or the quotes on goodreads.com.

Thanks for reading quotes about my favorite pastime. Were any of the 41 quotes about reading your favorites? Do you have a favorite one I missed?

Fellowship, a short novel

Fellowship, a short novel written in the same world as My Soul to Keep is finished. Beta readers will be receiving the ARCs this week. The cover art reveal…just weeks away.

Beta Readers

Beta readers volunteer to read and give feedback on a a work before it’s published. They spot the plot holes, the character inconsistencies, and just plain mistakes so the author and the book will look as good as possible on publication.


The Advance Reader Copy (ARC) is the unpublished book before the final proofreading is done. This is what Beta readers receive, warts and all. *smile*

With a little help from my artist hubby, I created the ARC cover for Fellowship. This is not the final cover.

The arc cover for Fellowship, a short novel, is a black and white image of the blue ridge Mountains with a red and white Fellowship Shield suspended above the title.

Book Description

The book description that will be on Amazon and all ebook retailers is:

The Angel of Death is real.

Eighteen-year-old, Ian Hobart couldn’t believe it. Didn’t want to believe it.

But his parents and older brother were Taken. And the Cleaners want him and his three younger siblings.

They escape and hide in the wilds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now his siblings depend on him for their survival.

But resources are scarce. The mountains unforgiving. And winter is weeks away.

Ian relies on his best friend’s help… And puts his friend at risk.

Will Ian lose the last friend and family he has left?

Or can he identify and neutralize their betrayer before the Fellowship’s Cleaners find and neutralize them?

I’ve created a page for the book. It lists the blog posts and the sample chapter I’ve put on this blog. You can find it here.

Fellowship will be published at the end of next month. But I could use your help. Would you like to be a beta reader? Would you like to help spread the word about this book or any of my books? Join my reader group, Burrows Insiders.

You Can Create the Life You Want

Life is about decisions. Every day we make millions of decisions: when to get up, what to wear, how to respond to our spouse, whether to answer the phone, look at email, and so on. Many of the decisions we make, we make on autopilot. Autopilot is a good thing because then we don’t have to make so many decisions. Right? Wrong. The thing about autopilot is that it won’t let you change. The only way you can create the life you want if but you have to change and that’s the rub.

Your Brain

Image of a brain with lightning coming out of it--You can create the life you want if you trick your mind.

Your brain has two modes: autopilot (habits) and decision making. Two different parts of your brain control these two modes.

Habit-making behaviors, emotions, memories, and pattern recognition are linked to the basal ganglia.

The prefrontal cortex controls decision making. This part of the brain works to learn new things.

The other thing your brain does is to help you survive. It regulates your body functioning and it is geared to protect you no matter what. Your brain (the basal ganglia) recognizes a danger before you consciously register the danger. That’s what it’s supposed to do so you can survive.

There are real dangers like getting lost in the woods, or in crossing a busy street, or in standing too close to a fire. But we also have perceived dangers. We feel hesitant or nervous or afraid to meet a new person or to make a phone call or do something different. Our voice gets shaky, our chest feels like it’s caving inward, and our knees want to give out. These feelings are normal. They also signal our brain that there’s danger.

The moment you think I want to try that—you get a little nervous and your brain jumps in there and says—let’s think about that.

So you stop. You hesitate. And don’t do the thing you were going to do.

The Habit Loop

The habit loop is the cue (the thing that triggers the habit), the routine (the thing you do), and the reward.

When your brain stops you repeatedly, it becomes a habit. You think about doing that thing and your brain goes to work, you hesitate, and you don’t do it.

Your cue is something that reminds you of what you want to try. The routine is to hesitate, think about it, and then not do it. And your brain rewards you with feeling safe and an excuse or two.

You call yourself lazy. You say you have to be motivated. Or you say, I’m too nervous/fearful/incompetent to do the thing.

Hogwash. You’ve abdicated and allowed the basal ganglia of your brain, to make the decision for you. You can have the life you want but you’ll have to stop the habit loop.

Break the Habit

You’ll never feel motivated. None of us do. You’ll always choose the safe thing because your brain must save you from what’s uncomfortable, uncertain, difficult, or scary.

But you know what you need to do to change your life. You want to lose weight or get more physically fit, or meet someone new, change jobs. Whatever it is, you know what you want to do. You know it intellectually and you know it in your gut. But you can’t make yourself do it because your brain defeats you.

If you change your decisions, you’ll change your life.

Mel Robbins came up with a method she calls the 5 Second Rule (and no it has nothing to do with food on the floor). This video is 11 minutes long.

Everyone has an innate sense of who you are, what you are here for. You know what you want to do. Whatever it is, don’t think about it. Count 5-4-3-2-1 and do it.

She used this to break the habit of hitting the snooze button, to stop drinking, and to change her life. You can too.

The Life You Want

You know what to do to change your life for the better. What’s one thing you can do right now that will be the first baby step to your new life? Count to yourself, 5-4-3-2-1 and do it. You can create the life you want. Count down 5-4-3-2-1. Launch yourself to your new life. Do it.