Tag archives: book quotes

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Wonderful quotes about books and reading

Lana 1For my last blog of the year, some of my favourite quotes about books and reading, illustrated with one of my favourite family photos.

There are many ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. Philip Pullman

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. Ben Okri

A book is a place where children can try on all the lives they haven’t got. Margaret Meek

Children’s books can be bridges connecting people. S F Said

Books allow you to see the world through the eyes of others. Reading is an exercise in empathy. Malorie Blackman

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. John Green

Reading is the most powerful gift we can give a child: it puts stardust in their imaginations. Emma Cox

I guess that’s the beauty of books. When they finish they don’t really finish. Markus Zusak

Reading is a first class ticket to the outer limits of your imagination. Juno Dawson

Books are, let’s face it, better than everything else. Nick Hornby

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

Literacy is the bridge from misery to hope. Kofi Annan

Reading gives you knowledge, it gives you power. Andy McNabb

Our books and out pens are the most powerful weapons. Malala Yousafzai

Books are for life, not just for homework. Keith Gray

Read. Read anything… Just read. Neil Gaiman

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Quotes about books and reading for World Book Day

WBDI’ve done blogs full of quotes and books and reading before. Couldn’t resist adding some more for World Book Day.

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

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

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. Chinese proverb

Hell is a bookless place. Patrick Ness

There are no days of our childhood lived so fully as those spent with a favourite book. Marcel Proust

You give them the materials, but it’s the readers who build that world in their own minds. Ursula Le Guin

Books are uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. J K Rowling

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet. Jhumpa Lahiri

Finally, an extract from Matilda by Roald Dahl:

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Quotes about books and reading

The bronze plaques set into the pavement on Library Way in New York are wonderful, especially for an avid collector of quotations about reading like me. This is one of my favourites. Here are a few other great quotes I’ve hoarded over the years:

  • Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way. Orville Prescott
  • Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglas
  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr Seuss
  • My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. Dylan Thomas
  • We read to know we are not alone. C S Lewis
  • Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul. Joyce Carol Oates
  • A book is a place where children can try on all the lives they haven’t got. Margaret Meek
  • 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
  • A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. Samuel Johnson
  • Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Bonaparte