Thursday, 3 March 2016

Great quotes about books and reading in celebration of World Book Day

IMG_2733I gave a course in Dorchester Library last week, and was delighted to see this plaque in pride of place. Today is World Book Day – the perfect time to share some brilliant quotes about books and reading. (There are lots more here.)

  • Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. Nick Hornby
  • Books are the mirrors of the soul. Virginia Woolf
  • You’ll never be alone if you’ve got a book. Al Pacino
  • To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. W. Somerset Maugham
  • Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglas
  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island. Walt Disney
  • Reading is a first class ticket to the outer limits of your imagination. Juno Dawson
  • Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance. Neil Gaiman
  • Reading makes the world better. Matt Haig
  • The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. St Augustine
  • What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space. Italo Calvino
  • The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. Harper Lee
  • I guess that’s the beauty of books. When they finish they don’t really finish. Markus Zusak
  • Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf. Christopher Paolini
  • If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book. J K Rowling
  • I read a lot of junk, but that didn’t matter – you have to dig a heap of rocks if you’re looking for gold. Terry Pratchett
  • Wear the old coat and buy the new book. Austin Phelps