Thursday, 3rd March 2016, is World Book Day.

“World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.” (

In the course of the first week in March, several activities have been lined up by schools, libraries, and organizations to encourage reading. On the 5th of March, Terra Kulture, Lagos is organizing a Book Reading.  I would meet with the Association of Nigerian Authors (Lagos State Chapter) for the reading of my novels; Influence of a King and From an Orphan to a Queen: Esther.

What are your plans? To get the celebration going, I have complied 25 memorable quotes on books. Enjoy.

  • “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” (Walt Disney Company)


  • “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


  • “I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” (Harold Kushner)


  • “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)


  • “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)



  • “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” (Marcel Proust)


  • “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” (Oscar Wilde)


  • “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” (William Styron)


  • “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” (Paul Sweeney)


  • “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” (Toni Morrison)


  • “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” (Jorge Luis Borges)


  • “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” (Jane Austen)


  • “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” (Charles William Eliot)


  • “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” (Mark Twain)



  • “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” (Jane Smiley)


  • “Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.” (Paul Auster)


  • “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  • “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.” (Christopher Paolini)



  • “It doesn’t matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.” (Jo Walton)


  • “A house without books is like a room without windows.” (Horace Mann)


  • “Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.” (Louis L’Amour)


  • “Be awesome! Be a book nut!” ( Seuss)