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45 Beautiful Book Lover Quotes to Savour

These quotes about loving books, written by classic and modern literary giants, are some of the most inspirational literary quotes ever written. If you’re a bookworm then you’ll love these 45 beautiful quotes for book lovers.

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For book lovers, quotes can be a great way of taking you back to a favourite scene or passage without re-reading the entire chapter or novel.

The below slogans on reading range from classical literature quotes to modern book lover quotes – all brilliant, all noteworthy.

If you love literature more than anything then you’ll definitely be able to relate to these beautiful quotes about reading.

45 Best Book Lover Quotes

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” 

― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

“Books were safer than other people anyway.”

― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” 

― Ernest Hemingway

“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

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

― Cicero

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”

― Saul Bellow

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

“The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.”

― W. Somerset Maugham

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

― Haruki Murakami

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” 

― Neil Gaiman

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

― Anna Quindlen

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” 

― Mark Twain

“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”

― Virginia Woolf

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

― Neil Gaiman

“Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” 

― Marcel Proust

“Once you learn to read you will be forever free.” 

 ― Frederick Douglass

“No two persons ever read the same book.” 

― Edmund Wilson

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

― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 

“So many books, so little time.” 

― Frank Zappa

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must be the one to write it.” 

― Toni Morrison

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” 

―  Oscar Wilde

“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”   

― Alberto Manguel

“I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a king who did not love reading.” 

― Thomas Babington Macaulay

“Libraries are the wardrobes of literature.” 

― George Dyer

“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”  

― Louisa May Alcott, Work: A Story of Experience.

She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” 

― Annie Dillard

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life”.”

― Helen Exley

“Endless lively conversations over endless cups of coffee in literary cafés” 

― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” 

― Stephen King

“The novel, in its best form, I regard as one of the most powerful engines of civilization ever invented.” 

―  John F.W. Herschel

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” 

― Bill Watterson

“Books are the best type of the influence of the past.” 

― William Wordsworth, Personal Talk

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” 

― Marcel Proust

“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.” 

― C.S. Lewis

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

― Mason Cooley

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

― William Lyon Phelps

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” 

― John Green

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” 

― Alan Bennett

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” 

― P.J. O’Rourke

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 

― C.S. Lewis

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.” 

― Anonymous

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” 

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Read few books well.” 

― John Horne Tooke, Recollections of S. Rogers

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

― Thomas Wharton

“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” 

― Roald Dahl

There you have some of the best book love quotes and quotes about bookworms by some of the world’s best authors, old and new! Which one did you like best? Do you have any favourites to share?

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Laura is an award-winning travel and book blogger based in the UK. She studied French literature at Oxford University and is now an IP lawyer at a top law firm in London. She was named UK Book Blogger of the Year in 2019 and loves to combine her passion for books and travel with literary travel.


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