Quotes on Reading and Reading Aloud

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

“A library is a hospital for the mind.”
~Unknown

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn’t believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn’t believe that it was free. ”
~Kirk Douglas

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. ”
~B.F. Skinner

“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.”
~Rita Mae Brown

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
~Emilie Buchwald

“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up children without surrounding them with books…. Children learn to read being in the presence of books.”
~Horace Mann

“”Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”
~Marilyn Jager Adams

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!”
~ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney

“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed.”
~ Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”
~ Austin Phelps

“The fluent reader sounds good, is easy to listen to, and reads with enough expression to help the listener understand and enjoy the material.”
~ Charles Clark

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
~ Elizabeth Hardwick

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
~ Frederick Douglass

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
~ Harry S. Truman

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
~ Joseph Brodsky

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.”
~ Lady Montagu

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
~ May Ellen Chase

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
~ P. J. O’Rourke

“So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.”
~ William James

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Quotes on Reading and Literacy

Quotable Reading Quotes

Reading Quotes, The Literacy Company