We all have days when we need a little extra inspiration. Writers especially can benefit from a little added encouragement, and sometimes the best way to stay focused and positive is to listen to the words of other writers.

Here are a few of our favorite quotes about writing, reading and books. Do you have a favorite quote that helps keep you motivated or inspired? Let us know in the comments below.

On books & reading:

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”

— Louisa May Alcott

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.”

— Sherman Alexie

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

— Confucius

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