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Top Inspirational Reading Quotes with Free Printable Posters

It seems that people either find reading inspirational and life-giving or they can’t stand it and never do it.   So if you fall in the first category, this post is for you!  Even if you don’t, I’m sure that you can still find the perfect inspirational reading quote that strikes a chord with you.

I have pored through thousands of the best inspirational reading quotes so I could find the best ones and make the most beautiful posters.  Hopefully I have hit the mark here and there will be plenty for you to enjoy and possibly decorate your spaces with.  I tried to appeal to all styles.  But if there is something else you would like, let me know!

All of the posters are free to click and print here in the standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch size.  I am working on a way to make the 18 x 24 size posters easily available for purchase.  I will update this post as soon as I get there.

But for now, let’s get started with my list of the top inspirational reading quotes. I have them split up into seven different topics.  If they are attached to a book, I have provided a link for you to check out the details of the books.

Inspirational reading quotes


Top Reading Quotes About Travel

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
― Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
― Judith Thurman

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“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”
― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
― Henry Miller

“The more you read books from other times and places, the more you realize how much all of us are on remarkable similar journeys.” ― Marie Phillips

Top Reading Quotes About Children

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

“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.” — Judy Blume

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
― Astrid Lindgren

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

Top Reading Quotes About Adventure

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

“We can’t jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because there’s no service on the beach and adventures aren’t real unless they’re on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we’re helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.”
― Jeremy Glass

“Reading is awesome. Just escaping into someone else’s life, into another world. In books, everything is possible.”
― Nick Lake, There Will Be Lies

“Adventures are only interesting once you’ve lived to see the end of them. Before that, they are nothing but fear, and being too cold or too hot or too wet or too hungry, and getting hurt.”
― Holly Lisle

“She read about amazing people she could never be, met friends she would never see, go on incredible adventures she would never have, in mystical places that didn’t exist.  Getting the life she had always dreamed of had never been so easy.”― Raven Lockwood

Inspirational reading quotes

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” —Mason Cooley

Top Reading Quotes About Learning

“This is every reader’s catch-22: the more you read, the more you realize you haven’t read; the more you yearn to read more, the more you understand that you have, in fact, read nothing. There is no way to finish, and perhaps that shouldn’t be the goal.”
― Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

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“You can measure how much you changed over the years by reading the same book twice”
― Ela Crain

“Reading a book is allowing someone to speak to you, no matter how recently or long ago they lived.” — Marie Phillips 

Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being “false,” “untrue,” yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction.”
― Clark Zlotchew

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

Top Reading Quotes About Friendship

“A good story invites us into someone else’s world where we learn, discover commonalities, and leave with compassion and understanding.”
― Lynda Cheldelin Fell

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“We clung to books and to our friends; they reminded us that we had another part to us.” —Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”  — Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” — Paul Sweeney

“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain

Top Quotes About the Influence of Reading on Life

“Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading.”
― Anonymous

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

“You should read this book’ almost never simply means you should read this book. It is usually far more fraught. Telling someone what to read, even asking politely, can feel more like an entreaty or an implied judgment or a there’s-something-you-should-know than a straightforward proposal. If you read this book, then you love me. If you read this book, then you respect my opinions. If you read this book, you will understand what it is I need you to understand and can’t explain to you myself.”
― Pamela Paul, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

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

“The book you read and read well, over and over again, lives in you, becomes your thought and thinking pattern, teaches you all the time and keeps reminding you about how to act and react towards things and occurrences’ in life!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“What makes a book resonate with the reader is the circumstances in their present life. As they continue to read, the book speaks to their situation in a way that binds them to that book for life.”  ― Marie Phillips

“I like how books let you into another world, but how it’s secret. Like, when you read, the world you see is different from the one someone else sees when they read the same words. It’s just yours.”
― Clare Fisher

Top Reading Quotes About Time

“You can read merely to pass the time, or you can read with an overt urgency, but eventually you will read against the clock.”
― Harold Bloom

“To read books seriously is to be staggered by the knowledge of how many more books will remain beyond your ken. It’s like looking up at the star-filled sky.”
― James Fallows

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“The book you won’t read won’t help.”  —Jim Rohn

“So many books, so little time.” — Frank Zappa

“There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.”  — Josh Jameson


So this is my list of the top inspirational reading quotes.  Actually, there are literally millions more great quotes. But just like books, there are way more than we can cover in a lifetime.   But these particular  quotes are pretty awesome!  I hope that you enjoyed many of them.

Let me know which ones you like the best and if there is anything else you would like to see here!

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This Post Has 89 Comments

  1. Angie

    My life is full of quotes. I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that I don’t quote, or misquote, something I’ve read or heard. Many of these were great!

  2. Krysten Quiles

    I’ve always loved quotes, they can be so helpful in our lives. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  3. Infinity Laser Spa

    Love all those quotes! So inspiring! I especially love the quotes about reading and adventure! As a fantasy book lover, I really relate to them!

  4. Amber

    I love these posters! I might have to get some. Reading is one of my favorite things to do. My kids don’t love it as much as I do, sadly, but I always buy them books!

  5. Passion Piece

    I love this kind of quotes, as they always make me feel better. The posters are so eyecatching, they make the meaning of the quotes much stronger. 🙂

  6. Jessica Joachim

    I love these! i read a lot, and read with my daughter a lot so a lot of these really resonate with me.

  7. Tara Pittman

    I need to print some of these to hang up. That way I am reminded daily of these positive quotes

  8. chad

    Amazing quotes and very well needed to be honest…We all need positive quotes and positive reads…Thank you…

  9. It must have taken you ages to compile this. You really got the best of the best. I love so many of these and they really resonate with me. –Lynda Hogan

    1. Marie

      I do start a couple of days beforehand to make sure I have time to find some really good selections. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  10. Kelly

    You have found inspiring quotes! I learned to love reading as an adult. Sharing that with my kiddos now I hope will continue their love for reading – and maybe have our own quote one day.

    1. Marie

      I think they will when they see how much you love to read!

  11. blair villanueva

    Reading is my first and oldest hobby. I learned so much from many valuable quotes, which helps to be my guide.

  12. Nyxinked

    I love a good quote! I can’t wait until I can leave the house again and get more canvas to paint them onto for display around the house.

    1. Marie

      I have canvases here but can’t get to it! Actually I will be painting this week as part of my curriculum program. It makes a great excuse to do some fun stuff with my kids at home!

  13. jenlooksandcooks

    These quotes are really inspiring! Thank you for sharing – I need to keep this in mind for future references.

  14. Pooja kawatra

    I am the person who loves quote for everything and feel so connected. It brings some kind of positivity to share that everyday to make it beautiful.

  15. sdamasceno

    These quotes are so good. I am going to save some of them and share them with friends. I love stuff like this.

    1. Marie

      These quotes are so good for me to think about. I am happy to share them.

  16. Peachy A.

    I love these quotes! they are inspirational and the posters they come with are pretty too.

    1. Marie

      Thank you, Peachy!

  17. Cindy E Ingalls

    Beautiful posters and quotes! I love to read as does my whole family.

  18. I love this – especially the quotes about adventure! I feel like many of these quotes would be well suited to a classroom wall, inspiring kids of all ages to crack open a book.

    1. Marie

      They definitely inspired me! I would love to see these on classroom walls.


    Great quotes! I also love collecting quotes. Thank you for sharing !

  20. Steph

    These quotes are great especially the parenting ones.My fav is There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”

  21. Tessa

    So many great quotes! I really connect with so many of them. I love the travel quotes, especially saying that it gives us new eyes to see the world in a different way!

  22. that’s a very interesting quote from Judy Blume. However I would suggest that might be too broad a decision? What if your kid wants to read playboy when he’s 10 because his friend found his dad’s magazine? do we let him only to have a conversation latter about nipples and etc.?

  23. amayszingblogs

    We totally need this right now to save our day thanks for this wonderful quotes.

  24. Michelle

    Oh, how to pick just one? The quotes that inspire us to be more or think bigger are always my favorite! Thanks for sharing.

  25. World In Eyes

    “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
    ― Robert Frost………….Just love your series of quotes they are so amazing….I am just addicted to read more quotes and have read a lot…..

  26. Cindy

    I liked the quote from Ela Crain. It’s so true for me when I re-read the Bible.

  27. Kenny Ngo

    I would love to frame these quotes on our family’s wall. It would be so inspiring.

  28. Papa Bida

    Wow, such a wonderful thoughts to ponder this season. This is what I love among those. ““To read books seriously is to be staggered by the knowledge of how many more books will remain beyond your ken. It’s like looking up at the star-filled sky.”
    ― James Fallows

    Worth noting.


    Great post. It is always good tk get inspired by great quotes with a nice graphic!

  30. Jackline A

    Great inspirational quotes, My fav. is by Pamela Paul. Very beautiful.

  31. sushmitamalakar

    Some beautiful quotes from some really inspiring books! Thanks for the printable 🙂

  32. seadbeady

    I am not really a reader but I do love a great quote 🙂

  33. Lucy Clarke

    I always encourage my kids to develop a love for reading… I particularly liked the one from Lynda Cheldelin Fell. Would be great to have some of these printed and hung on their study areas.

    1. Marie

      I had them framed on a table top in my reading area, but recently moved. I can’t wait to get them back up again! Enjoy yours!

  34. thehappymommie

    Quotes hv always been very special for me, and these are indeed very good suggestion. Thanks for sharing

    1. Marie

      I have always been a fan of great quotes too!

  35. Toni Dash

    This is such a great collection! Thank you so much for sharing!

  36. Bill

    These quotes have me itching to get reading again. I haven’t sat down and read a good book in years.

    1. Marie

      I bet you will have more appreciation for what you are reading now! And you will get a chance to relax!

  37. Ben

    I have so many books on my hard drive and phone right now that I want to read. I’m a HUGE lover of reading, but I haven’t actually had time to read in so long. I love these quotes.

    1. Marie

      I have the same exact problem. I keep thinking that eventually I will have enough time to read books that aren’t related to my work again.

  38. paolo

    Thank you for this list! I have been reading a lot since this pandemic, i have all the time to read my books

    1. Marie

      I wish I had more time to read, Paolo! At least I love all of the work books I have to read!

  39. Emily Fata

    I would love to frame so many of these quotes to hang around my office (where I keep all of my books). They’re all so wonderful!

    1. Marie

      I framed mine! I would love to see pics once you have them framed. ♥

  40. Lyosha

    wonderful quotes! I pinned two and I enjoyed reading and thinking about each

    1. Marie

      Thank you, Lyosha!

  41. Norma

    I love these quotes. My favorite one was that “once you learn to read you will be free”. This is so true especially when kids learn to read at school and have such a hard time focusing on the letters and words.

    1. Marie

      You are exactly right, Norma! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  42. Ivana Mearns

    True words of wisdom! There are so many great quotes here, I would love to tell you which one is my favourite but I can’t decide as you’ve shared so many good ones!

    1. Marie

      I’m glad you enjoyed them as much as I did, Ivana!

  43. Emman Damian

    This quote really resonates with me: “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
    ― Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad. This is so proven and tested. I remember traveling with a close friends and our friendship was over after our trip because she was a DIVA.

    1. Marie

      I have had similar circumstances, which is why the quote resonated so well with me too. Thank you for sharing, Emman!

  44. Heidi

    These are such inspiring quotes!

  45. melissa

    Love reading blog posts that have inspirational quotes! These are awesome thank you for this really needed to read these today.

    1. Marie

      I enjoy reading them as well, Melissa. Maybe that’s why they are one of my favorite posts to write!

  46. King

    Awsome reading quotes about children. It definitely deserves the top quote

    1. Marie

      Thank you, King!

  47. rachel

    What a wonderful roundup of quotes! LOVE them

  48. Marta Skeledžija

    Loved all the qoutes. I take my hat of to you. This took so much time and effort to compose.

    1. Marie

      When I enjoy my work, it feels more like play. This was a fun article to put together. 🙂

  49. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    In our family, most of us are readers. These quotes would be so good in our home coz it’s really applicable.

  50. Azubike Eze

    The words of Marcel Proust really stays with me. For me, having a pair of new eyes, means altering my thoughts for the better. As I do that, I change my perceptions for good.

    1. Marie

      Exactly true, Azubike. It is amazing how much thinking about a few positive words can literally change us and the world around us.

  51. Anita Alig

    Thank you for the inspiration. I loved Mark Twain’s sleepy conscience the best! Made my day!

    1. Marie

      I’m happy to hear that, Anita!

  52. Kileen

    These quotes are so beautiful and so perfect for a mindset like traveling! These are so well needed for these crazy times.

    cute & little

    1. Marie

      I agree, Kileen. Any little reminder we can add right now can help quell the craziness.

  53. Matt Taylor

    These quotes are all awesome! I really liked Mark Twain’s quote about travel. It is so true! haha. Also, George R. R. Martin’s quote about readers. I definitely need to read more!

    1. Marie

      Yep, the Mark Twain one is pretty golden. And I wish I could read more right now but life is a bit too crazy. My day will come that I will be able to add more recreational reading to my days.

  54. littlemisadvencha

    so much wisdom in here. i love that quote from pamela which reminds me every single time that the more i feed myself with information, the more i realized that there are still a lot to learn. thanks for this!

    1. Marie

      Hey Cha! Long time no see! And yes, it’s kinda like the expanding hallway scene in scary movies. The further you get down the hallway, the longer the hallway gets, lol. There will never be enough time for me to read all of the books I want to.

  55. Mow Debnath

    Words are powerful. They can encourage us, speak to us, remind us and even empower us. What a great collection!

    1. Marie

      Thank you, Mow!

  56. Alexis

    I love these quotes, especially the one from Judy Blume.

    1. Marie

      Thank you, Alexis.

  57. Gervin Khan

    These are beautiful, more wisdom and inspiring quotes that we can live by in everyday of our lives.

  58. Natalie

    Great inspiring quotes. Words of wisdom and great reminders. Thanks.

  59. Nkem

    Reading is an amazing and powerful skill and escape. You’ve reminded me of that with your quotes!

  60. Emman Damian

    I love reading so I chose this quote. “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini. It’s so true!

  61. Elizabeth O

    You picked a great selection of quotes on reading. One of my favorites is the quote from Judy Blume who is also a great writer of Young Adult literature.

    1. Marie

      Thank you! Judy Blume was one of my favorites growing up–it’s so nice to see her writing is just as popular today!

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