I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
On Reading Real | Ángel González
- “Suddenly the reader's eyes were filled with tears, and a loving voice whispered in his ear:
- "Why are you crying if everything in that book isn't true?"
- And the reader replied:
- "I know; but what I feel is real.”
If I were reading a book and happened to strike a wonderful passage I would close the book then and there and go for a walk. I hated the thought of coming to the end of a good book. I would tease it along, delay the inevitable as long as possible, But always, when I hit a great passage, I would stop reading immediately. Out I would go, rain, hail, snow or ice.
“The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion.
Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflected all possible futures.
Books are lighthouses erected on the dark sea of time.”
All the bright precious things fade so fast… and they don’t come back.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“Over the river and through the wood
To grandfather’s house we go”
― Lydia Maria Francis Child
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.
—T.S. Eliot, The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism
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