If you are suffering from a lack of motivation as a writer, sometimes all you need is an inspirational “pick me up” that reminds you just why you endeavoured to write in the first place. We have compiled some of our favourite quotes about books as said by the people who really love them: readers. If you need a little encouragement before getting back down to work, look no further! Your future audience is eagerly awaiting what you publish.

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.

Neil Gaiman, as quoted on BookRiot

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

Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

Dr. Seuss

Be awesome! Be a book nut!

Clarence Shepard Day

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. Nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out; and, after an era of darkness, new races build others. But in the world of books are volumes that have seen this happen again and again, and yet live on, still young, still as fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s hearts of the hearts of men centuries dead.

Helen Exley

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”

Abraham Lincoln

My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.

Lady M.W. Montagu

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.

Desiderius Erasmus, Letter to Jacob Batt (12 April 1500); Collected Works of Erasmus Vol 1 (1974)

Ad Graecas literas totum animum applicui; statimque, ut pecuniam acceptero, Graecos primum autores, deinde vestes emam.

Translated as:

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.


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