Reading and Writing Quotations



“Read a lot. Reading really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.”                                    J. K. Rowling


“I always advise children who ask me for tips on being a writer to read as much as they possibly can. Jane Austen gave a young friend the same advice, so I’m in good company there.”                                         J. K. Rowling



“Believe in yourself. Keep writing.”  Neil Gaiman

“Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.”                                              Neil Gaiman



“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”            Ray Bradbury

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

                                                                  Ray Bradbury

50 thoughts on “Reading and Writing Quotations

  1. Per Rowling, that’s one thing sorely missed in the trend toward online purchasing. How many times have I wandered the shelves of used bookstore, finding some weird travel guide or gem of medieval philosophy or a print-filled book of Japanese paintings. The breadth of reading experience has shrunk for many, as chance encounters with books are less frequent.

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  2. These are all excellent quotes, Charles. I would add to these and say that reading the works of famous writers also helps. I have learned a lot from reading books by writers like C.S. Lewis, H.G. Wells and many others. Classic books always have something marvelous that sets them apart and I seek to emulate that.

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  3. Bette, this post is worth bookmarking.

    As a girl, I savored “sniffing books like perfumes..” especially new textbooks on the first day of class. As a former teacher myself, I encouraged reading, of course.

    And now, reading fuels my writing. I love reading, but even if I didn’t I believe my writing would suffer if I didn’t tease my mind with other people’s words.

    Great post!

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  4. Keep writing is a good advice. It is also hard to follow. Over a decade ago, I kept a blog and it was so healthy, and everything felt natural. Now I am still trying to find my flow but I will keep going until everything falls into place!

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  5. Great choices, Charles. The last I especially love. This has been my life! ^^ The perfume of old books has captivated me since I was a little girl during my first visit to the library. They couldn’t get rid of me after that unless they bribed me out with chocolate. And writing every day? Not writing feels like not breathing. ♥.

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  6. As many of your readers are also writers, I shall include this little gem.

    “If there is a book that you want to read, and it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morisson

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