Inspirational Quotes

  • “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” 
    - Maya Angelou


    “Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...” 
    - Dwight D. Eisenhower


    “I guess there are never enough books.” 
    - John Steinbeck, A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia


    “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” 
    - Victor Hugo


    “Why do I read?
    I just can't help myself.
    I read to learn and to grow, to laugh
    and to be motivated.
    I read to understand things I've never
    been exposed to.
    I read when I'm crabby, when I've just
    said monumentally dumb things to the
    people I love.
    I read for strength to help me when I
    feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
    I read when I'm angry at the whole
    world.
    I read when everything is going right.
    I read to find hope.
    I read because I'm made up not just of
    skin and bones, of sights, feelings,
    and a deep need for chocolate, but I'm
    also made up of words.
    Words describe my thoughts and what's
    hidden in my heart.
    Words are alive--when I've found a
    story that I love, I read it again and
    again, like playing a favorite song
    over and over.
    Reading isn't passive--I enter the
    story with the characters, breathe
    their air, feel their frustrations,
    scream at them to stop when they're
    about to do something stupid, cry with
    them, laugh with them.
    Reading for me, is spending time with a
    friend.
    A book is a friend.
    You can never have too many.” 
    - Gary Paulsen, Shelf Life: Stories by the Book


    "The greatest ideas are the simplest."
    William Golding (Lord of the Flies)


    Let us dare to read, think, speak and write."
    John Adams

    "When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time."
    Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)


    "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."
    Theodore Roosevelt


    "Double, double, toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!"
    William Shakespeare (Macbeth)


    "Wisdom outweighs any wealth."
    Sophocles