11 inspirational quotes that celebrate books and the joy of reading

We know that books have the power to change the world. Here are 11 inspiring quotes from fantastic authors and charismatic characters that celebrate a love of stories.

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"The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives."
- from Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."
- from Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai (2017)

"But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge."
- from A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install,
A lovely bookshelf on the wall."
- from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)

"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one."
- from Terry Pratchett

"...the brain is like a muscle, and if you don't exercise it by reading and doing creative stuff, it'll get weak and mushy."
- from Jeff Kinney

“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.”
- from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

"A book, too, can be a star, 'explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,' a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."
- from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

"Literature offers the thrill of minds of great clarity wrestling with the endless problems and delights of being human. To engage with them is to engage with oneself, and the lasting rewards are not confined to specific career paths."
- from Jonathan Stroud

"Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."
- from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)

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

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