National Book Lovers Day is celebrated on Aug. 9 every year in the United States to encourage bibliophiles to find a good book and a nice spot where they can read peacefully.

On this special day, book lovers can forget about their worries and immerse themselves in the world of their choice. They can also visit their go-to bookstores to check out new titles they may want to add to their growing book collection or simply explore new places where they can sit back and read.

Of course, they can also gift their friends and loved ones, books of their interest. This way, bibliophiles can encourage people who are close to them to fall in love with the printed word and unlock the magical world of reading. To inspire them even more, here are 10 amazing quotes about reading. (Courtesy: Celadon Books)

  • "Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world." – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • "A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company, by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors." – Charles Baudelaire
  • "When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young." – Maya Angelou
  • "I think books are like people, in the sense that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them." – Emma Thompson
  • "It wasn't until I started reading and found books they wouldn't let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else." – John Waters
  • "Books are a uniquely portable magic." – Stephen King
  • "Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world." – Jeanette Winterson
  • "A good short story would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit." – David Sedaris
  • "Books are, let's face it, better than everything else. If we played Cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go fifteen rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time." – Nick Hornby
  • "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." – Frederick Douglass

Independent bookstore Customers browse books in London on June 15, 2020. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images