Monday, December 20, 2004


The greatest thing to be gained from the reading of books is the desire to truly communicate with one's fellow man. To read a book properly is to wake up and live, to acquire a renewed interest in one's neighbors, more especially those who are alien to us in every way.

--Henry Miller

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.

--Joyce Carol Oates

The aim of literary study is not to amuse the hours of leisure; it is to awake oneself, it is to be alive, to intensify one's capacity for pleasure, for sympathy, and for comprehension. It is not to affect one hour, but twenty-four hours. It is to change utterly one's relations with the world.

--Arnold Bennett

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