Famous Quotes on Reading and Well-Being: Part 1

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Reading strengthens your mind, which is essential to your well-being. In this information age, you can find plenty of opportunities to read – from social media posts and articles, to books and research papers. Reading content that both informs and inspires you will bring many well-being benefits into your life. Here are some famous motivational quotes on reading benefits:

“The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading.” – David Bailey

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” – Mary M. Bethune

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Richard Steele

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” – Aldous Huxley

“Not all leaders are readers, but all readers are leaders.” – Harry Truman

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.” – Nora Ephron

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley

“When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.” – John Berger

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” – Abraham Lincoln

“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” – JK Rowling

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” – Vera Nazarian

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” – Kofi Annan

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

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo

“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.” – Marcel Proust

“We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.” – AC Grayling

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” – Elizabeth Hardwick

“Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.” – Karen Witemeyer

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

“Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic.” – Carl Sagan

“Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” – E.P. Whipple

“Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” – Hazel Rochman