We look at reading as a means to stop thinking about our own lives and dive into a world outside of our own. These are some quotes in lieu of appreciating books and reading.

Just another way to appreciate reading - through love letters. (photo by Tim_in_Ohio)

Just another way to appreciate reading – through love letters. (photo by Tim_in_Ohio)

 

Just another way to appreciate reading - through love letters. (photo by Tim_in_Ohio)

Just another way to appreciate reading – through love letters. (photo by Tim_in_Ohio)

#1. Alan Bennett

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else. A person you have never met, someone even who is long dead, and it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

#2. Eleanor Crumblehulme

“Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague.”

#3. Descartes

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.”

#4. Frank Serafini

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read, there are only children who have not found the right book.”

#5. George R. R. Martin

“My mind is my weapon… And a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

#6. W. Somerset Maugham

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.”

#7. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

#8. C.S. Lewis

“We read to know that we are not alone.”

#9. Cassandra Clare

“One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

#10. Henry Thoreau

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.”

#11. Elizabet Scott

“I love books. I love that moment when you open one and sink into it. You can escape from the world into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be.”

#12. Joyce Carol Oates

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often hopelessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

#13. George Anders, The Rare Find (which you can search for via Textbooks.org.)

“Reading was a way of trying to get some control over a world that was out of control. I liked doing it. It’s your source of power.”

#14. Gordon B. Hinckley

“There is something wonderful about a book. We can pick it up. We can heft it. We can read it. We can set it down. We can think of what we have read. It does something for us. We can share minds, great actions, and great undertakings in the pages of a book.”

Appreciating reading is something everyone should do. And it is true; if you don’t love reading, you just haven’t found the right book yet. Keep trying different things; don’t give up hope!