We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
~ B. F. Skinner

More Inspiring Quotes About Books

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

~ Emilie Buchwald


It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations–something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.

~ Katherine Patterson


No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.

~ Los Angeles Times, “A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area”


This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.

~ Elbert Hubbard


The greatest gift is a passion for reading.

~ Elizabeth Hardwick


Some people will lie, cheat, steal and backstab to get ahead… and to think, all they have to do is READ.

~ Fortune


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

~ Frederick Douglass


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

~ Groucho Marx


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

~ Groucho Marx


Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

~ Harry S. Truman


Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.

~ Hazel Rochman


Never judge a book by its movie.

~ J.W. Eagan


When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.

~ John Berger


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

~ Jacqueline Kennedy


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

~ Joseph Brodsky


It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.

~ Lord Henry P. Brougham


A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.

~ Lyndon B. Johnson


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

~ Margaret Fuller


The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read.

~ Mark Twain


A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

~ Martin Tupper


Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.

~ Mary Schmich


Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

~ Mason Cooley


I was born with a reading list I will never finish.

~ Maud Casey


Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

~ Mortimer Adler


A man is known by the books he reads.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

~ Ray Bradbury


Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

~ Richard Steele


So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.

~ Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.

~ Samuel Johnson


To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

~ Victor Hugo


Let us read and let us dance — two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

~ Voltaire


There is more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.

~ Walt Disney


What is reading but silent conversation.

~ Walter Savage Landor


So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.

~ William James


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

~ William Phelps