Literacy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old literacy quotes, literacy sayings, and literacy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you. Daniel J. Boorstin
If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives. Danny Glover
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. Dr. Seuss
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive. Erica Jong
There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Gandhi
A book is a gift you can open again and again. Garrison Keillor
Through literacy, you can begin to see the universe. Through music, you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable. Grace Slick
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. Harry S. Truman
There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all. Jackie Kennedy
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. Jacqueline Kennedy
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. James McCosh
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. John Locke
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. John Lubbock
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books. Katherine Mansfield
It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations- something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. Katherine Paterson
Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. Kofi Annan
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Malala Yousafzi
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. Malcolm Forbes
Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. Mason Cooley
There is a reason it used to be a crime in the Confederate states to teach a slave to read: Literacy is power. Matt Taibbi
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him Maya Angelou
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. Mortimer Adler
Literacy is the tool we use as humans to find one another, so it must belong to everyone. Pam Allyn
Tis the good reader that makes the good book. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost
We were not taught financial literacy in school. It takes a lot of work and time to change your thinking and to become financially literate. Robert Kiyosaki
A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitute for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage. Robert McNamara
The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self activity. Thomas Carlyle