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Best Book Lover Quotes for 2021

Best Book Lover Quotes is a celebration of the written word by showing us how we are not alone in our love for creating book lists for future reading.

Quotes inspire us to live better lives from the wisdom of others.  In addition to book quotes, 21 Kindness Quotes to Inspire a Better World  and Short Inspirational Quotes to Memorize are just a couple of the quote articles I complied.  

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For some people, it’s shoes that tug at their hearts, and then there’s the rest of us whose passions entwine with books.

Put me in a new bookstore, a used bookstore, the library, or even searching for books online, and you will find a story addict that is getting her fix.

My weakness is cookbooks, and I have an insane amount of them.  But I remind myself there are worse addictions in life.

Since you are a fellow bookworm, I’m guessing you have a favorite genre too.

Did you know that National Book Lovers Day is celebrated on August 9 every year?  According to Wikipedia, “This is an unofficial holiday observed to encourage bibliophiles to celebrate reading and literature.”

True book lovers will be happy to know they have their own special day to celebrate with good friends.  How about throwing a literary party with you and other bookworms? You can have everyone bring their favorite book and discuss what others thought about it.

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher

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I know I’m in a club with many other people.

In the Cozy Living Group, I share photos of cute cottages.  The images that get the most likes are the pictures of rooms filled with books.

There’s something about books that makes a house a home.  Have you set up a wonderful place in your home that you can always be found with your nose in a book?

The good news is we aren’t alone.  There’s more of us than we think.

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Here are the Book Lover Quotes: 

Book Quote #1 – “Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting for one at the end of a long day makes the day happier.” – Kathleen Norris

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Can I get an Amen to this beautiful quote?  I know I can’t wait until the day ends, and I slip into my comfy bed to read with my dogs snoring nearby.

If you want to improve your life, add this one habit, and it will make it so much better.

Book Lover Quotes #2 – “A room without books is like a body without soul.” – Cicero 

I believe this quote.

There’s something about books that changes ordinary home decor into a visual feast.  Perhaps it’s because the book whisper about adventures to go on, recipes to make, and creativity to nudge into existence?

Whether you have shelves lining your walls or even a small stack of books patiently waiting to be read, they give a home character.

Book Quotes #3 – “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.” – Sherlock Holmes

Your children will love to read their entire lives if you get them started right away.

We have several mothers in our cozy living group that dedicated a corner of their children’s rooms and turned them into reading nooks.

One person put a child’s chair and ottoman with a reading light and a side table, and another person put up a cloth tent and added fairy lights and blankets inside – similar to the tent scene in the movie The Holiday.  

Book Lover Quotes #4 – “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island…and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” – Walt Disney 

If you’re looking to have your own treasure chest, invest a little money in books.  It’s an investment that is guaranteed to pay dividends back.

You’ll never be bored as long as there are books to read.

Book Quote #5 – “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” – Desiderius Erasmus

We all have to have our priorities, and I would have to agree with Desiderius.  Books are an essential item for me.  I’m guessing they are for you too.

Book Lover Quotes #6 – “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting.” – Aldous Huxley 

There’s so much we learn from books.  It’s like a bottomless ocean of knowledge.

You can learn about different places to live, various cultures, life throughout the different centuries, and life lessons learned from memoirs.

Book Lover Quotes #7 – “I love books. I adore everything about them. I love the feel of the pages on my fingertips. They are light enough to carry, yet so heavy with worlds and ideas. I love the sound of the pages flicking against my fingers. Print against fingerprints. Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.” – Nnedi Okorafor 

This quote is the perfect description of how most book lovers feel about our treasured volumes of words.

Something so light in weight can hold an entire another world within it’s pages.

Book Lover Quotes #8 – “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” – Toni Morrison 

If you’re an avid reader, you know how frustrating it is to look for a good book on a topic you’re interested in, only to find that what you are looking for doesn’t exist.

The good news is you can write the book yourself.  Getting a book published has never been easier with ebooks coming on the scene.  Who knows, you might even have a career change as a full-time writer in your future if you’re book is successful.

Book Lover Quotes #9 – “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 

There have been a few books that I’ve been so sad about once I finished reading them.

They were written so that I felt like I really knew the writers, and I was entwined with their daily lives for a while.  When the book ends, you search for another book that could pull you into it, like the one you just finished.

If you can’t find that book right away, there is a sense of loss.  Describing it as a loss of a dear friend is the perfect quote to display our love for characters or people we felt empathy for.

Book Lover Quotes #10 – “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – Neil Gaiman 

Some stories are so inspiring they can change someone’s life just by reading them.

The tale that gives the reader the courage to battle their problems and triumph is one that will be remembered throughout a lifetime.

Book Lover Quotes #11 – “Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.” – Lenaa Dunham 

Having an additional day of the week dedicated to reading is a new rule I can get on board with – one full day to spend diving into that stack of books we all have on our bedside table.

Can you imagine how much better society would be if everyone had one extra full day per week to read?

Book Lover Quotes #12 – “Books are everywhere; and always the same sense of adventure fills us. Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” – Virginia Wolf

Does your heart skip a beat the moment you walk into a used bookstore?

I know I need to carve out a couple of hours of my day if I decided to visit one because I’m almost ready to move right into the store.

Have you ever been to one of those HUGE used bookstores?  There was one in Tucson, AZ, that I used to go to all the time.  It was simply amazing.

Book Lover Quotes #13 – “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

Reading books is one way of getting a glimpse of how other people think and live.

I love that we can be transported back in time with different traditions, behaviors, and thoughts by merely pulling out a book from our bookshelf.

What was it like to live as a maid at the turn of the century?  Is the life of an archeologist as exciting as it seems?  What would it be like to give up your life, move to another country and start all over?

Books can give you the answers to these questions.  They are just begging for someone to open and tell us their tales.

Book Lover Quotes #14 – “Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” – Diane Duane 

All book lovers know how accurate this quote is.  I just ordered three used books online a few minutes ago because one would not do!

Book Lover Quotes #15 – “One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.” – Carl Sagan 

The idea that you can see the world from someone else’s eyes that lived centuries before you is a gift.

Love, passion, friendship, hardship, injustice, and the triumph of the human spirit are just some of the threads that we have in common with those that lived before us.

Book Lover Quotes #16 – “I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges 

I can’t agree more with this statement.

Let others dream of a tropical island somewhere, give me a room full of books, and I’m a happy camper.

Book Lover Quotes #17 – “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” – Italo Calvino 

Certain books have so much wisdom between the pages that you carry them everywhere in your mind.

Sometimes our subconscious store’s nuggets of gold so we can mine for creative solutions at a later date.

Book Lover Quotes #18 – “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham 

Reading is a salve to heartache.  When we immerse ourselves in a new book, we can forget our troubles for a bit and see the world through the eyes of another.

Books give us the rest that we need to nurture ourselves, so we can find the strength to face our problems another day.

Book Lover Quotes #19 – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

Tea and books go hand in hand with each other.   I think having a pot of tea and sweets standing by is part of the relaxing experience of reading a book.

Add a roaring fire with snow falling outside your window, and I think you have the makings of a perfect day.

Book Lover Quotes #20 – “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard 

People that love books are my kind of people.

I think it’s because they are natural learners who want to continue exploring the present, past, and future.

Book Lover Quotes #21 – “If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.” – Michael Ende

This quote leaves me in awe.  Amazingly, 26 letters can give us the keys to the world.

Book Lover Quotes #22 – “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.  They are the destination, and the journey.  They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

Bringing along books to our appointments and traveling, ensures us of always having a companion wherever we go.

You can be a million miles away from home, but when you settle down into your hotel room for the night and open your book – it brings that familiarity we all crave.

Book Lover Quotes #23 -“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” – Roald Dahl, Matilda

I love that this quote shows the importance of books in a child’s life.

Books give are a window to the world where they can safely explore and learn.

Book Lover Quotes #24 – “If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.” – Richard Foster 

This quote is a perfect way to check and see if we are giving ourselves pockets of nourishment throughout the day.

Reading gives your body and mind time to relax.  In today’s world, it’s a much-needed salve to our lives.

Book Quotes #25 – “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

Have you ever gone back a read one of your favorite books, only to be amazed at the number of details you missed the first time you read it?  It’s the same book, but not the same because of the passage of time.

You’ve had more life experiences since the last time you read the book, which gives you a slightly different perspective of the material you’re reading.

Book Lover Quotes #26 -“Happiness. That’s what books smells like. Happiness. That’s why I always wanted to have a book shop. What better life than to trade in happiness?” – Saran MacLean 

Owning a small bookshop is a dream life for many in our cozy living group.  Add an espresso bar and place that bookstore in a quaint location, and you have a career made from heaven for a lot of people.

It would be interesting finding out all the topics your customers would be looking for and why they are interested in that subject.

Book Lover Quotes #27 – “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai

Isn’t this the truth? One message at the right time has the power to change a life.

I’ve often read about people going through a difficult time in their lives and they visited a bookstore.  They found a book that completely changed the course of their path and brought them to where they were meant to be.

Book Quotes #28 – “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.  If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” – Maya Angelou 

Reading allows children the opportunity to soar to greater heights.

Book Lover Quotes #29 –“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling

I think J.K. Rowling ought to know.  Her life drastically changed when she wrote one good book.

Was there a particular book that inspired her interest in magical stories?

Book Lover Quotes #30 – “A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” – Robertson Davies 

Reading the same book at different stages of our lives is a tradition that is worth noting.  As our viewpoint shifts, so will our thoughts about the great books we have read.

Book Lover Quotes #31 – “Keep reading.  It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” – Lloyd Alexander 

I hope you continue on your journey through life with a stack of books by your bed.

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