33 Reasons Why You’re Addicted To Books

“I’d rather be reading.”

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1. “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” —Logan Pearsall Smith

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2. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” —James Baldwin

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3. “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” —Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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4. “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” —Groucho Marx

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5. “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” —J.K. Rowling

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6. “I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.” — Franz Kafka

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7. “You want to know about anybody? See what books they read, and how they’ve been read…” —Keri Hulme, The Bone People

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8. “The world was hers for the reading.” —Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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9. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” —Joseph Addison

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10. “I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.” —Margaret Atwood

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11. “Read. Read. Read. Just don’t read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different style.” —R.L. Stine

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12. “Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” — Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

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13. “Reading can be dangerous.” —Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

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14. “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates

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15. “It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.” —John Waters

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16. “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” — W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

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17. “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” —Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

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18. “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” —Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

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19. “You will be transformed by what you read.” —Deepak Chopra

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20. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” —Anna Quindlen How Reading Changed My Life

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21. “Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” — Roberto Bolaño, 2666

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

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23. “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” —Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature

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24. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” —Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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25. “Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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27. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” —Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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

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29. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” —John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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30. “I have consistently loved books that I’ve read when I’ve been sick in bed.” —Tracy Chevalier

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31. “’A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’” —George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

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32. “We read to know that we are not alone.” —William Nicholson, Shadowlands

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33. “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” —Mark Twain

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All quotes via Goodreads.

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