“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” ~ Roald Dahl, Matilda
There’s something about the power of a book. Reading one can see us sailing the Seven Seas, running for our lives or falling in love all over again.
Books have the power to make us laugh and cry as we feverishly devour one page after another and a favourite book is like an old friend each time we come back to share its story.
To celebrate National Read a Book Day, we’ve compiled our favourite quotes about reading to inspire you to turn off the television, ignore your smartphone and stick your nose in a book!
Whether you prefer the ease of an eReader or the crisp pages and smell of a real book, it doesn’t matter – just get reading!
Where will your book take you?
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ~ Oscar Wilde
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”~ Voltaire
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” ~ Stephen Fry
“No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don’t read is often as important as what you do read.” ~ Lemony Snicket
“A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” ~ Germaine Greer
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” ~ J.K. Rowling
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” ~ Victor Hugo
“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.” ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
“There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle