Quotes for Readers

Mark Gilroy is a reader.

I am a reader – and I love readers!

I’m not sure what I’ve actually every accomplished in life – though I’m very proud of my six kids and maybe that’s all that matters.

I’m not sure what I’m good at. Good reviews on my novels – I’ve published some books that have sold millions – but there have been so many others and so many blessings associated with any successes, I’m not sure what I can take credit for.

But one thing I know for sure is I like to read books. I’m a reader.

Enough so that I’ve tried to make a living in the business of books. For you MBA students, book publishing might be the second oldest profession known to humankind. That indicates book publishing is a mature industry.

But that hasn’t really dissuaded me from the path paved by paper and ink.

No only do I read them, I’ve tried to write them; I’ve tried to edit them; I’ve tried to title them and get them designed in a way to attract the attention of other readers; I’ve tried to launch them with such skill and passion that people’s lives are changed—and a few authors get rich.

I’m a reader and I love readers.

No wonder I get teary-eyed when I read quotable quotes for and from authors and readers.

Enjoy a few!

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

George R.R. Martin

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.


There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

Henry David Thoreau

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

Oscar Wilde

I still love books. All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.

Ray Bradbury

Be awesome! Be a book nut!

Dr. Seuss

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.

Abraham Lincoln

The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.

Malcolm X

When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life.

Christopher Morley

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.

Ernest Hemingway

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

Garrison Keillor

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

Frederick Douglass

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo

So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.

William James

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

Jacqueline Kennedy

We who have been true readers all our life fully realize the enormous of our being which we owe to authors.

C.S. Lewis

Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators.

Albert Camus


  1. Debbie says

    Awesome, Mark. Makes me miss working with you.

    One of my favorite book quotes: “I read. Not because I don’t have a life, but because I choose to have many.” Don’t know the author.

    Have a great day!

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