A common trait of bookworms is a love of quotes, especially book-related quotes. We as readers build an appreciation of language that causes us to savor a well-put phrase. And if a beautiful line can put into words a feeling we recognize as our own, we latch on even tighter. So today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes about books. No explanation or added thoughts. Just a collection of well-put phrases to savor.
10 Book Quotes for Bibliophiles
1: Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.—Francis Bacon
2: “Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells . . . and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower. . . both strange and familiar.” – Cornelia Funke, Inkspell
3: “Literature is no one’s private ground, literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves.” ― Virginia Woolf
4: “It is only a novel … or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.”—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
5: “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ― C.S. Lewis
6: “We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the neverending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal. Vice has always a new fresh young face, while virtue is venerable as nothing else in the world is.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
7: “No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
8: “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott
9: “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
10: “A novel is not an allegory . . . It is the sensual experience of another world. If you don’t enter that world, hold your breath with the characters and become involved in their destiny, you won’t be able to empathize, and empathy is at the heart of the novel. This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing.” –Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
I hope you’ve enjoyed my collection of beloved book quotes. Are there any favorite quotes you would’ve liked to have seen on this list? Share them in the comments!