We know that books have the power to change the world. Here are 11 inspiring quotes that celebrate a love of stories, from fantastic authors and charismatic characters.
"The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives."
Matilda by Roald Dahl
"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."
Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
"But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge."
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
"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."
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
"...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."
Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
"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."
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
"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."
Jonathan Stroud, author of the Lockwood & Co series
“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.”
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
"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."
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett