Remember how your favorite book shaped you as a kid? Or how your favorite poem or essay defines you now as an adult?

International Literacy Day was less than a month ago (September 8), so there is no better time than now to celebrate reading and the power of a vital skill like literacy. Because we often take such a skill for granted, here are 17 quotes to remind you about the remarkable power of reading, and what it does for you, our communities, and our world.

1. "A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." -- Sasha Salmina

2. "All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen." -- Roald Dahl, "Matilda"

3. "Writing is the painting of the voice." -- Voltaire

4. "WORDS change WORLDS." -- Pam Allyn

5. "You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me." -- Strickland Gillian

6. "Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light." -- Vera Nazarian

7. "Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team." -- Karen Witemeyer

8. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." -- Joseph Addison

9. "I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp." -- JK Rowling

10. "He that loves reading has everything within his reach." -- William Godwin

11. "When you learn to read you will be born again...and you will never be quite so alone again." -- Rumor Godden

12. "A house without books is like a room without windows." -- Heinrich Mann

13. "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." -- Jorge Luis Borges

14. "There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back." -- Jim Fiebig

15. "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." -- Victor Hugo

16. "Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope." -- Kofi Annan

17. "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -- Frederick Douglass