The Loyal Friend

painting by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
painting by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

I love books and reading… and I love collecting quotes. On a lazy Saturday morning where all you want to do is to sit down with a cup of coffee and read, some quotes about reading and books seems like just the thing.

Here are just a few of my favorites. I hope you find a few you like and maybe a few for your own collection.

Quotes on Books and Reading

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.  ~ Groucho Marx

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.  ~ Marcel Proust

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.  ~C.S. Lewis

You cannot open a book without learning something.  ~ Confucius

A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. ~ Franz Kafka

‘Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.  ~ Mark Twain

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.  ~ Emily Dickinson

There is no friend as loyal as a book. ~ Ernest Hemingway

The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.  ~ Samuel Johnson

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. ~ Oscar Wilde

A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us. ~ W.H. Auden

A book worth reading is worth buying.  ~ John Ruskin