Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reading & Writers

Distrust a course of reading! People who really care for books read all of them. There is no other course.
Andrew Lang (Adventures Among Books)

Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realize the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors. We realize it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense but he inhabits a tiny world. In it, we should be suffocated. The man who is contented to be only himself, is in a prison. My own eyes are not enough for me. I will see through those of others.
C. S. Lewis (An Experiment in Criticism)

There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read. A man reading a Le Quex mystery wants to get to the end of it. A man reading the Dickens novel wished that it might never end.
G.K. Chesterton (Charles Dickens: A Critical Study)

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