….a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable – books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life.
You’re the one who says books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside of them,” said Meggie…
How mean to buy only as many books as one will actually have time to read.
Escapism sold books, to be sure, but not nearly as many as were sold by exposing America’s flaws and making the average American reader (and book club member) look closely at his or her most cherished social assumptions. Americans might not be eager to accept integration, feminism, homosexuality, juvenile delinquency, and the drug culture- or to shoulder the blame for the existence of these problems- but they were certainly willing to read about them.
I only want power so I can get books.
Every lover could be brought to trial as the murderer of his own love. When something hurts you, saddens you, I rush to avoid it, to alter it, to feel as you do, but you turn away with a gesture of impatience and say: “I don’t understand
Wake up. Be thankful. For whatever happens on this day, you are endlessly given the chance to start again-to be alive. And all of us should wish for that.
In a school community, someone who reads a book for some secretive purpose, other than discussing it, is strange. What was she reading for?
The act of underlining always contains an element of self-recognition.
The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.