A good book can transport you to a world of fantasy and make you feel like you are part of a story. As millions of us celebrate World Book Day, we can’t help but look back on some of the best book quotes that we’ve come across in our favorite novels, movies and shows.

Quotes about books and reading can be found in all languages, cultures, and eras. Many are focused on the journey and experiences of a book’s characters, while others comment on the power of literature and how it can transform the reader’s life.

These quotes have become so beloved that they have been printed on mugs, t-shirts, tumblers, notebooks, and more. They’re widely shared on social media, quoted in speeches and popular books.

We’ve rounded up some of the best, most beloved quotes that all book lovers can relate to. Some are encouraging words of wisdom, while others are simple expressions of affection and dedication.

Quotes about the Joy of Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

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

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” – Mortimer J. Adler

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

“Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.” – William Hazlitt

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.” – Edward P. Morgan

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” – Helen Exley

Quotes about Literature and Learning

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” – Samuel Johnson

“Books are the peaceful revolvers of revolutions.” – Paul Auster

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” – Fernando Pessoa

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” – Jessamyn West

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

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” – Martin Tupper

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Quotes about the Comfort of being Lost in a Good Book

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

“Books are the legacy of a man’s mind and his thoughts, his feelings, his desires, his motivations and his spirit.” – Paulo Coelho

“When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it.” – Richard Branson

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – J.D. Salinger

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde

“Books are a way of making the dead live.” – E.M. Forster

“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this.” – Virginia Woolf

“The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.” – Edward M. Forster

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” – Salman Rushdie

These inspiring quotes about books and reading remind us about why we’re such passionate book lovers. Whether you find joy in learning new things or simply escaping into a novel for a few hours, there’s something special about picking up a book and getting lost in it.

When reading, you can feel like you’re traveling to a foreign land and coming out stronger and wiser. If you’re looking for a way to share your enthusiasm and love for books, nothing quite compares to a few powerful words shared in perfect harmony.