• Karissa Chmil

17 Quotes for the Bookish Soul

Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you that I am in love with quotes. Of course, when you throw the bookish element in there, too. . . how can you go wrong?


So, without further ado, I present my list of 17 quotes for any story-lover!


“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

— C. S. Lewis


“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte


“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”

— J. K. Rowling


“A library is a hospital for the mind.”

— Anonymous


“If a book is well-written, I always find it too short.”

— Jane Austen


“I am a part of everything that I have read.”

— Theodore Roosevelt


“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines who you will be when you can’t help it.”

— Oscar Wilde


“A classic is a book that has never finished what it has to say.”

— Italo Calvino


“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time, because I read.”

— Geore R. R. Martin


“One must always be careful of books and what’s inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

— Tessa Gray


“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have.”

— Lloyd Alexander


“I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which 'Escape' is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?”

― J. R. R. Tolkien


“The beautiful thing about reading old books is realizing all your struggles aren’t a you thing but a human thing.”

— Atticus Finch


“We read to know we are not alone.”

— C. S. Lewis


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

— Cicero


“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us the dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

— Neil Gaiman


There you have it! Which of these was your favorite—and do you have any of your own favorites to add to the list? I’d love to hear them!

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