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14 Quotes About Reading That Make All the Sense in the World

Authors are known for the beautiful ways in which they manage to use words to make us see something in a different way. We’re sure all you bibliophiles out there have already seen reading in all of these ways, but the accuracy and beauty of these descriptions ought to warm your souls anyway. Enjoy!

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

-Frederick Douglass

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”

-Neil Gaiman

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”

-Harold Kushner

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

-Haruki Murakami

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

-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.”

-John Green

“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

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”

-George Bernard Shaw

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“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

-William Styron

“I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.”

-William Lyon Phelps

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

-Joseph Brodsky

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”

-J.K. Rowling

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The book you don’t read won’t help.”

-Jim Rohn

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