Today is International Literacy Day! What better time, then, to celebrate some of the wisest, wittiest, pithiest, silliest, and most profound things that writers have ever said about literature and reading? The following are 10 of our personal favourites from the last 21 months of Interesting Literature. These quotes (sorry, we should say quotations, we suppose, as it’s International Literacy Day) cover many aspects of reading from very different writers.
If you enjoy these quotations, check out these interesting facts about reading which we’ve compiled for International Literacy Day 2015! And before we begin, we’d like to share our favourite book-related word: bibliosmia, denoting the smell of books…
‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,’ said Jojen. ‘The man who never reads lives only one.’
– George R. R. Martin
Parents should leave books lying around marked ‘forbidden’ if they want their children to read.
– Doris Lessing
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
– P. G. Wodehouse
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
– Charles Dickens
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
– Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
– E. M. Forster
All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet.
– Henry Miller
Poetry is not the most important thing in life. I’d much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.
– Dylan Thomas
To expect a man to retain everything that he has ever read is like expecting him to carry about in his body everything that he has ever eaten.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
– Virginia Woolf
If you enjoyed these quotations, continue your odyssey into the world of literacy and language with our collection of fascinating word facts.