The best book quotes for avid readers

There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a book, and if you’ve got a book lover in your life then why not pay homage to their favourite pastime by including a book quote in their next birthday card. From book quotes that the little ones will recognise to some famous lines from the classics, we’ve rounded up all sorts of different book quotes that any bookworm will appreciate.

Oh, and just one more thing before we get onto the book quotes – we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention that here at thortful, we’ve got a wonderful range of birthday cards which feature original designs specially illustrated by our talented team of creators. Just take a look at a handful of them below:

Quotes from children’s books

A love for reading can start at a young age, so if you know of a child that always has their nose in a book or absolutely adores dressing up for World Book Day then one of these quotes from children’s books could be the perfect personal touch to add inside a card for them:

  1. “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” – Roald Dahl, Matilda
  2. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
  3. “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  4. “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  5. “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” – Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

And if you want even more ideas on what else you could put alongside your quote, be sure to check out our blog on what to write in a children’s birthday card.

Romantic quotes from books

It might be that the book lover is your partner, if that is the case (and she’s a fan of romance novels), these romantic book quotes will work a treat whether inside a birthday or anniversary card:

  1. “I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
  2. “I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  3. “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” – Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind
  4. “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” – Jane Austen, Emma
  5. “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” – J.R.R. Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings

Famous quotes from classic books

There’s a reason why some books become beloved and stand the test of time, so if you know someone who enjoys the classics, why not use a famous book quote like the following as part of your card message?

  1. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  2. “Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.” – Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
  3. “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.” – Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle – a Sherlock Holmes Short Story
  4. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  5. “Perhaps one did not want to be loved as much as to be understood.” – George Orwell, 1984

Quotes from popular TikTok books

Are they absolutely obsessed with BookTok and seeing what’s the latest book going viral on social media? If this sounds like them then we’re certain that they’re going to recognise the below quotes from popular TikTok books:

  1. “Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses
  2. “Is there anything better than iced coffee and a bookstore on a sunny day? I mean, aside from hot coffee and a bookstore on a rainy day.” – Emily Henry, Book Lovers
  3. “Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.” – Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  4. “Real men wear floral when trespassing.” – Holly Jackson, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
  5. “I am made of memories.” – Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

Quotes about reading

Aside from direct book quotes, there are also a lot of wonderful quotes about the act of reading itself. Below, we’ve pulled together just a few of our personal favourites:

  1. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading at all.” – Oscar Wilde
  2. “Reading is important. If you know how to read, then the whole world opens up to you.” – Barack Obama
  3. “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King
  4. “Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” – Louisa May Alcott
  5. “I guess there are never enough books.” – John Steinbeck

Maybe you’re a big reader yourself? If so, you might be interested in starting a reading log to keep track of all your book habits, which is actually something we’ve touched on in our blog on how to start a bullet journal.

Alternatively, if you need more message inspiration to go alongside your chosen book quote, be sure to check out the rest of our what to write guides. Over on the thortful blog you can find all sorts of fun ideas and tips related to every special occasion imaginable.