We have always been book people here at Paperblanks, reproducing everything from antique bindings to handwritten manuscripts. To celebrate the craft of writing and a love of reading, here are some of our favourite quotes on the subject of books.

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”

– Samuel Johnson

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”

– Malorie Blackman

“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

“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

“I look at books as being a form of activism. Sometimes they’ll show us a side of the world that we might not have known about.”

– Angie Thomas

“Once you learn to read you will be forever free.”

– Frederick Douglass

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

– Philip Pullman

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’ ”

– Helen Exley

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

– Joseph Addison

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

– Anna Quindlen

What’s your favourite quote about books and reading?


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