“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”—Robert Frost, born today in 1874
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
(by Andreina B)
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. A. H. (by Millie)
Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away—our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books—they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.
My books are not dead weight, they are live weight—matter infused by spirit, every one of them, even the silliest. They do not block the horizon; they draw it. They free me from the prison of contemporaneity: one should not live only in one’s own time. A wall of books is a wall of windows.
The world belongs to those who read.
How many books can you recognize?
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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map.
All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
The truth is that every true admirer of the novels cherishes the happy thought that they alone - reading between the lines - has become the secret friend of the author.
1 year ago on February 17, 2012 at 08:16am with 138 notes