56 Inspiring Quotes About Reading Books For Mindset

It seems that less and fewer people are reading real physical books these days. That is – unless you’re a student of self-help, then you’re generally reading a few books…a month! With these quotes, I hope to inspire you to pick up a book and get back into reading again.

Best Quotes About The Important of Reading

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

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

Mark Twain

3. In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.

Charlie Munger

4. The right book for the right person is not enough. It needs to be the right book, for the right person at the right time.

Johnny Uzan

5. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

6. 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

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


8. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

George R.R. Martin

9. View reading as an investment.

Naval Ravikant

10. Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King

11. Everywhere I have sought peace and not found it, except in a corner with a book.

Thomas à Kempis

12. Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.


13. What a great treasure can be hidden in a small, selected library! A company of the wisest and the most deserving people from all the civilized countries of the world, for thousands of years, can make the results of their studies and their wisdom available to us. The thought which they might not even reveal to their best friends is written here in clear words for us, people from another century. Yes, we should be grateful for the best books, for the best spiritual achievements in our lives.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx

15. Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers.

Steven Spielberg

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

Haruki Murakami

17. When I wasn’t working, the weekends would usually find me alone in an empty apartment, making do with the company of books.

Barack Obama

18. A great book takes years to write but only hours to read. The reader nets the difference.

Johnny Uzan

19. Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

C.S. Lewis

20. Sit in a room and read – and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.

Joseph Campbell

21. Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Margaret Fuller

22. You must linger among a limited number of master thinkers, and digest their works, if you would derive ideas which shall win firm hold in your mind.


23. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

Henry David Thoreau

24. The great thing about reading is that it broadens your life.

George R.R. Martin

25. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

Charlie Munger

26. A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.

William Styron

27. I was raised by books. Books, and then my parents.

Elon Musk

28. A fondness for reading, which, properly directed, must be an education in itself.

Jane Austen

29. We are sensitized by the books we read. And the more books we read, and the deeper their lessons sink into us, the more pairs of glasses we have. And those glasses enable us to see things we would have otherwise missed.

Alain de Botton

30. Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.

David Mitchell

31. Reading books is almost like cheating in the game of life. You get to know what works and what doesn’t without trying everything yourself.

Sven Schnieders

32. A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.

Susan Sontag

33. It’s not about the quantity of books you read, but the quality, not the speed at which you read but your understanding, not the knowledge you gain but the actions you take and the change you create.

Maxime Lagacé

34. Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.

Paul Auster

35. Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.

John Green

36. One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

Carl Sagan

37. It would be a good thing to buy books if one could also buy the time to read them; but one usually confuses the purchase of books with the acquisition of their contents. To desire that a man should retain everything he has ever read, is the same as wishing him to retain in his stomach all that he has ever eaten.

Arthur Schopenhauer

38. Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

Criss Jami

39. Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why.

Paul Graham

40. Most people don’t read. Or if they do, they’re just reading mind candy.

Naval Ravikant

41. To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.

William Somerset Maugham

42. All of the smartest people I’ve met, regardless of where they received their formal education, were mostly self-taught, incredibly curious and voracious readers.

Jim O’Shaughnessy

43. You can try to improve how much you learn from each book, but probably the greatest gains from selecting the right set of books to read. Those books are likely older than the ones that are really popular today.

Eugene Wei

44. A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle.

Vladimir Nabokov

45. When intelligent people read, they ask themselves a simple question: What do I plan to do with this information?

Ryan Holiday

46. Once you do come across a treasure chest, a life-changing book — throw all of this out the window. Do whatever you can to absorb it. Go all in.

Johnny Uzan

47. Don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it.

Jim Rohn

48. Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible, from complex word problems and the meaning of our history to scientific discovery and technological proficiency.

Barack Obama

49. Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as reading and you’ll go through a phase where you will imitate your favorite writers and that’s fine because that’s a learning experience too.

J.K. Rowling

50. One of the most incredible things about reading: A good book can give you a new way to interpret your past experiences. Whenever you learn a new mental model or idea, it’s like the “software” in your brain gets updated. Suddenly, you can learn new lessons from old moments.

James Clear

51. Reading a book you want to read can be immensely valuable, but reading a book you don’t want to read is practically worthless.

James Pierce

52. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.


53. If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.

Stephen King

54. Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you’ll never know where you’ll get an idea from.

Malcolm X

55. Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.

Jane Smiley

56. A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.

Neil Gaiman

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