The Best Quotes About Bookshops!

by |February 12, 2019

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A good bookshop is the best place to shop (and the best place to work!) because you are literally surrounded by books all day long. Bound in the pages of each book, lining each and every shelf, countless new worlds are waiting to be discovered, new characters to love and fresh knowledge to absorb.

Booktopia is packed full of dedicated booklovers. We can’t get enough of books, love spending our days surrounded by books, talking about books, reading, reviewing, photographing and celebrating books every chance we get!

And so, in honour of all the booklovers and booksellers of the world, here is a list of quotes about the magic of bookshops…

Did we miss your favourite quote about bookshops? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

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quotes about bookshops

“Bookstores are lonely forts, spilling light onto the sidewalk. They civilize their neighbourhoods.” – John Updike

“Bookshops are places of endless entertainment and renewal – what’s not to love?” – Andy Griffiths

“Bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.” – Jen Campbell

quotes about bookshops

“Bookshops are my natural habitat.” – Kathy Lette

“Bookshops are the safety vaults for the seeds of our country’s cultural and intellectual life.” – Charlotte Wood

“Every book in a bookstore is a fresh beginning. Every book is the next iteration of a very old story. Every bookstore, therefore, is like a safe-deposit box for civilization.” – Liam Callanan

quotes about bookshops

“Books choose their readers, not the other way around. I believe that booksellers are the matchmakers. Thank you.” – Cecelia Ahern

“Bookshops are places of magical discoveries and the rediscovery of past pleasures. My bookshop, in fact any bookshop, makes me very happy.” – Liane Moriarty

“To walk into a modern-day bookstore is a little bit like studying a single photograph out of the infinite number of photographs that cold be taken of the world: It offers the reader a frame.” – Nicole Krauss

quotes about bookshops

“A good bookshop is like a genteel black hole that knows how to read.”Terry Pratchett

“There is nothing like the smell of a bookstore. If you ask me, it’s actually a combination of smells: part library, part new book, and part expectation for what you might find.” – Kathryn Fitzmaurice

“A trip to the bookshop is the ultimate exercise in empathy. Within it you will find endless opportunities to see and understand the world from someone else’s point of view.” – Jamila Rizvi

quotes about bookshops


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About the Contributor

Sarah McDuling is Booktopia's Senior Content Producer and Editor of The Booktopian Blog. She has been in the bookselling game for almost a decade and a dedicated booklover since birth (potentially longer). At her happiest when reading a book, Sarah also enjoys talking/writing/tweeting about books. In her spare time, she often likes to buy a lot of books and take photographs of books. You can follow her on Twitter and Instragram @sarahmcduling

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