47 Best Book Quotes That Celebrate Book Lovers

On the outside, books are simply two covers, a spine, and paper; however, they are simply magical on the inside. The magic comes from the creative thinkers, the wondrous writers, and the talented authors that bring the pages to life. With those amazing stories and words, we can read and remember tons of book quotes for life.

The following authors have created some of the best quotes about books and the love of reading. We did our best to find 47 of the best book quotes ever and I truly hope they inspire you to continue reading and pass that love of reading to younger generations.

1) Let the book quotes begin!

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

2) Book quotes by Stephen King.

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King
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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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  • Hardcover Book
  • Stephen King (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 07/06/2010 (Publication Date) - Scribner (Publisher)

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"It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially." - Donna Tartt
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“It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.” – Donna Tartt

The Secret History
  • Hardcover Book
  • Donna Tartt (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 524 Pages - 09/05/1992 (Publication Date) - Alfred A. Knopf (Publisher)

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"A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return." - Salman Rushdie
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“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” – Salman Rushdie

5) Book quotes that celebrate the love of reading.

"The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame." - Oscar Wilde
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“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Chiltern Classic)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wilde, Oscar (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 256 Pages - 09/08/2020 (Publication Date) - Chiltern Publishing (Publisher)

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"Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people - people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book." - E.B. White
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“Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.” – E.B. White

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"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well." - Mark Haddon
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“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” – Mark Haddon

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"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." - Neil Gaiman
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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman

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Coraline
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman with Illustrations by Dave McKean | Harper Collins Publishers | 2002
  • Hardcover Book
  • Gaiman, Neil (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages - 07/01/2002 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

9) Book quotes by Dr. Seuss

"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." - Dr. Seuss
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“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr. Seuss

10) The best book quotes for an ideal life.

"Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." - Mark Twain
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“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

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"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges
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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

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"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." - Haruki Murakami
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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood
  • Murakami, Haruki (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 296 Pages - 09/12/2000 (Publication Date) - San Val (Publisher)

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"A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company, by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors." - Charles Baudelaire
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“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company, by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” – Charles Baudelaire

14) Happiness is reading and book quotes!

"It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else." - John Waters
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“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” – John Waters

15) Books and quotes are a little like friendships.

"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
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“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

16) Give it up for motivational book quotes!

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai
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“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

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"The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night." - Isabel Allende
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“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.” – Isabel Allende

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"I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them." - Emma Thompson
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“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson

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"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young." - Maya Angelou
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“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou

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"I love the smell of book ink in the morning." - Umberto Eco
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“I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” – Umberto Eco

21) Short but sweet book quotes.

"Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." - Jane Smiley
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“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” – Jane Smiley

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel
  • Hardcover Book
  • Smiley, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 608 Pages - 09/13/2005 (Publication Date) - Knopf (Publisher)

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"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
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“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

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"Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you." - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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“Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

24)

"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." - Lemony Snicket
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“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

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  • Snicket, Lemony (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 04/24/2007 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

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"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time." - Carl Sagan
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“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan

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"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 06/13/2000 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

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"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles W. Eliot
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“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

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"Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book." - Bill Patterson
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“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” – Bill Patterson

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"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift." - Kate DiCamillo
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“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” – Kate DiCamillo

30) All of these book quotes make great wall art!

"She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live." - Annie Dillard
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“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard

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"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." - Louisa May Alcott
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“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” – Louisa May Alcott

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"If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it." - Beverly Cleary
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“If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” – Beverly Cleary

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"Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world." - Napoleon Bonaparte
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“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Work: A Story of Experience
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  • Alcott, Louisa May (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 264 Pages - 05/24/2020 (Publication Date) - Bibliotech Press (Publisher)

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"Sleep is good, he said, and books are better." - George R.R. Martin
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“Sleep is good, he said, and books are better.” – George R.R. Martin

35) More book quotes about the love of reading.

"So many books, so little time." - Frank Zappa
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“So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa

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"Take a good book to bed with you - books do not snore." - Thea Dorn
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“Take a good book to bed with you – books do not snore.” – Thea Dorn

37) Book quotes by Jane Austen

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." - Jane Austen
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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” – Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey
  • Hardcover Book
  • Austen, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 104 Pages - 04/04/1817 (Publication Date) - Chump Change (Publisher)

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"When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." - Jane Austen
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“When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice
  • Austen, Jane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 182 Pages - 12/16/2019 (Publication Date) - Independently published (Publisher)

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"That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." - Jhumpa Lahiri
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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” – Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake
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  • Lahiri, Jhumpa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 291 Pages - 09/16/2003 (Publication Date) - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Publisher)

40) Please share these book quotes on social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." - James Baldwin
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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

41) Gotta love book quotes with beautiful images.

"If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book." - J.K. Rowling
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“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” – J.K. Rowling

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"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." - Margaret Fuller
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“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

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"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes." - Desiderius Erasmus
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“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” – Desiderius Erasmus

44) Oh no! We’ve almost reached the end of book quotes…

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" - Henry Ward Beecher
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“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher

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"A word after a word after a word is power." - Margaret Atwood
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“A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood

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"The world was hers for the reading." - Betty Smith
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“The world was hers for the reading.” – Betty Smith

47) I hope you enjoyed these book quotes!

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis
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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

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