Here are 21 quotes on reading to brighten your day from the 1600s to the present day.

 

 

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English Novelist

One of Edwards mistresses was Jane Shore, who has had a play written about her, but it is a tragedy therefore not worth reading.

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Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist

Reading brings us unknown friends

 

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) American author

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

 

Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) poet

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

 

Lord Byron (1788-1824), English poet

The reading or the none-reading of a book – will never keep down a single petticoat

 

Isaac D’Israeli (1766-1848), British literary historian

There is an art to reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

 

Diana Duane (1952- ) American author

Reading one book is like eating one potato chip

 

Lena Dunham (1986- ) American actress

Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading

 

Samuel Johnson (1709-84), English poet, critic and lexicographer

The greatest part of a writers time is spent reading, in order to write, a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

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Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) English novelist and poet

War makes rattling good history; but peace is poor reading

 

Sarah J. Maas (1986- ) American author

No. I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material

 

Moliere (1622-73), French comic playwright

Reading and marriage don’t go well together

 

Joe Orton (1933-1967), English playwright

Reading isn’t an occupation we encourage among police officers. We try to keep the paper work down to a minimum.

 

Jim Rohn (1930-2009) writer, motivational speaker

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

 

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) American-British essayist

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading

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Patrick Rothfuss (1973-) American writer

I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die

 

Trevelyan (1876-1962), English Historian

It [education] has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensation and cheap appeals.

 

Francis Quarles (1592-1644), English poet

I wish there was as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing

 

Langdon Simith (1858-1908)

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer Reading

 

Sir Richard Steel (1672-1729) Irish-born essayist and playwright

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body

 

Malcolm X (1925-1965) American minister

My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

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