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The gift of reading is so profound; the ability to share stories, recount history, and express emotions can help us build empathy for those around us. At The Reading & Writing Project at Mossflower, we all love to read. In this post, we have compiled 20 quotes about reading and books that inspire us. 

  1. "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." Malala Yousafzai 

  2. "Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn't be human beings at all." - Phillip Pullman

  3. "But when you read books you almost feel like you're out there in the world. Like you're going on this adventure with the main character." -Matt de la Pena

  4. “I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” -Roald Dahl

  5. “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

  6. “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” –Garrison Keillor

  7. “Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” -Dave Eggers

  8. “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

  9. “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller

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

  11. “What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.” ― Oprah

  12. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ― Joseph Addison

  13. "One of the many gifts that books give readers is a connection to each other. When we share an affection for a writer, an author or a story, we also have a better understanding of people unlike ourselves. Books cultivate empathy." ― Sarah Jessica Parker 

  14. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” ― Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  15. “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire

  16. “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

  17. “Books have the power to be the bridge across our cultural divide.” —Saadia Faruqi

  18. “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” ― Anne Lamott

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

  20. “In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” ― Anna Quindlen

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