Reading and Literacy Quotes – Education

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International Literacy Day is held on 8th of September every year.

National Education Day is an annual observance celebrated on 11 November in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad the first education minister of independent India.

National Reading day is a day set aside by a college, university or other school for study for final exams. Some universities refer to a week of reading days as “Dead Week.”

Following are the 50 literary quotes, reading quotes and education quotes.

Literacy and Reading Quotes

“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” » Chinese proverb

“Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or endeavoring something for the public good.” » Thomas a Kempis

“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” » Gandhi

“Literacy is the fertilizer needed for development and democracy to take root and grow.” » David Archer

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” » Henry Adams

“I was born with a reading list I will never finish.” » Maud Casey

“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.” » Martin Tupper

“Education, a debt due from the present to future generations.” » George Peabody

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” » Malcolm Forbes

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” » Logan Pearsall Smith

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” » Richard Steele

“I’m sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I’m rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.” » Arthur C. Clarke

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” » Robert Frost

“Only the educated are free.” » Epictetus

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” » John Locke

“Reading has given me more satisfaction than really anything else.” » Bill Blas

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” » B.B. King

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

“Never judge a book by its movie.” » J.W. Eagan

“There are two types of education… One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” » John Adams

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” » Bob Talbert

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” » Samuel Johnson

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” » Derek Bok

“Teaching and reading  is not rocket science.” » Louisa Moats

“I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.” » Charles De Secondat

“Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” » Sir Francis Bacon

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” » May Ellen Chase

“Only in popular education can man erect the structure of an enduring civilization.” » Andrew Carnegie

“The function of education is to help you from childhood not to imitate anybody, but be yourself all the time.” » Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.” » Horace Mann

“Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.” » John Witherspoon

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” » Plato

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” » Margaret Fuller

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” » Abigail Adams

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” » Mortimer Adler

“Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?” » Karl Kraus

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” » Harry S. Truman

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” » Emilie Buchwald

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” » Mahatma Gandhi

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.” » Christopher Morley

“A man is known by the books he reads.” » Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” » Mark Twain

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.” » Benjamin Franklin

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” » Elizabeth Hardwick

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” » Henry David Thoreau

“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.” » Ezra Pound

“The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.” » Rene Descartes

“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.” » Theodore Parker

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” » William Butler Yeats

“To teach is to learn twice.” » Joseph Joubert

“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.” » Harold Bloom

“The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones.” » Joseph Joubert

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” » Mason Cooley

“Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.” » Robert Byrne

“A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.” » Erica Jong

“If you can read this, thank a teacher.”

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” » Mary Schmich

“The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.” » Martin Buber

“More money is put into prisons than into schools. That, in itself, is the description of a nation bent on suicide. I mean, what is more precious to us than our own children? We are going to build a lot more prisons if we do not deal with the schools and their inequalities.” » Jonathan Kozol


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