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Best Book Lover Quotes for Readers

One thing we certainly share together, me and you, is our love for books.  You are here looking for book lover quotes because books mean a lot to you. They do to me as well!  I personally can not fathom a life without books. I imagine it to be dull and miserable. Books take me places, open up  new learning horizons, and enlighten my imagination. 

Book lover quotes

Well written stories make me empathize with the characters; they draw me in like a magnet hypnotizing every sense of my being. Once I get immersed in their narrative plot, stories make loose any lingering sense of time. In fact, time stands still at that very moment, transfixed and immovable.I find myself in a different world, vicariously living a different experience, and engrossed in a conflicting panoply of emotional states. I become imprisoned to the spell of the prose, unable to let go.

That’s the telepathic power of books and that’s the magic of reading!

I know many of you reading these lines have similar experiences with reading and that’s why I want us to celebrate our love for books with these amazing book lover quotes. These nuggets of wisdom are articulated by people ancient and modern who have experienced the transformative power of books in their lives and know for fact the amazing things that  books can do for us. As is the case with me, many of these quotes will resonate with you, and will make you relive the ecstasy and joy of reading books. 

Best Book Lover Quotes

1. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ―George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

2. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ―Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

3. “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”―Mary McLeod Bethune

4. “Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”—Malorie Blackman

Book lover quotes

5. “A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” ―Terry Pratchett

“Books were safer than other people anyway.” ―Neil Gaiman

6. “Reality doesn’t always give us the life that we desire, but we can always find what we desire between the pages of books.” ―Adelise M. Cullens

7. “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, A Reading Diary

8. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ―Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

9. “Once I began to read, I began to exist. I am what I read.” ―Walter Dean Myers, Open a World of Possible

Book lover quotes

10. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero

11. “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”–Ray Bradbury 

12.  “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”—Oscar Wilde 

13.  “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”—B.F. Skinner

14. “When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

―Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

15. “Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.” ―R.L. Stine

16. “Books were my pass to personal freedom” Oprah Winfrey.

17. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”—Ernest Hemingway

18. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”—Joseph Addison

19. “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”—Rene Descartes

Book lover quotes

20. “Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”—Mark Haddon

21. “Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”—Barbara W. Tuchman

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