Quotes on the Motivation to Read

A great book should leave you…slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. – William Styron

Books were my pass to personal freedom…I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi – Oprah Winfrey

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. –Henry David Thoreau


After a long day at one of his various jobs, he would read far into the night. A steadfast purpose sustained him. – Doris Kearns Goodwin refering to Abraham Lincoln


It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book. –Maureen Corrigan


Where do I find the time for not reading so many books? –Karl Kraus


Want to find time to read? Fall in book love. Seek out books that fire your passions. Follow your intellect and your heart. Then time will find you. Steve Leveen


The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand –Ezra Pound


The right books are like crowbars for our imaginations. When we find ourselves stuck at some place in life, the right book can pry open our inner idea banks. –Pat Williams


Books I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat, or fly into the future. –Jim Bishop


If you can read, you can empathize, luxuriate, take a chance, have a laugh, hit the road, witness history, become enlightened, turn the page, and do it all again. –Oprah Winfrey

Quotes on the Value of Reading Books

Where one begins by burning books, one will end up burning people. –Heinrich Heine


What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books. –Thomas Carlyle


Reading seems like such a simple skill, but it holds back many people in college. Once you can read competently, you have a chance to be educated, but not until. –John McKay


I fear the day when the technos decide that paper books are obsolete and we are reading from PC screens and iPods and eBooks, and we never again experience the little rush of opening a new book and cracking the spine and smelling the print and diving deep into the thoughts of the writer. –Suzanne Somers


The purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. –Christopher Morley


Too much TV-watching can harm children’s ability to learn and even reduce their chances of getting a college degree, three new studies suggest in the latest effort to examine the effects of television on children. –Lindsey Tanner


According the U.S. Census Bureau, the adults around you are likely to spend seventeen times as many hours watching the tube as they do reading books. –Bill O’Reilly


A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. –Proverbs 15:14 (NLT)


Old minds are like horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. –John Adams, second president of the U.S.


The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will see 99 percent of them is in a book. – Professor Faber in Fahrenheit 451


Language is the soul of the intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life…Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. –Charles Scribner, Jr.