We have always been book people here at Paperblanks, reproducing everything from antique bindings to handwritten manuscripts. To celebrate the craft of writing and a love of reading, here are some of our favourite quotes on the subject of books.
“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”– Samuel Johnson
“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”– Malorie Blackman
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”– Paul Sweeney
“I look at books as being a form of activism. Sometimes they’ll show us a side of the world that we might not have known about.”– Angie Thomas
“Once you learn to read you will be forever free.”– Frederick Douglass
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”– Philip Pullman
“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’ ”– Helen Exley
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”– Joseph Addison
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”– Anna Quindlen
What’s your favourite quote about books and reading?