“There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books.”—George Santayana (via austinkleon)
“Books admitted me to their world open-handedly, as people, for the most part, did not. The life I lived in books was one of ease and freedom, wordly wisdom, glitter, dash and style.”—Jonathan Raban (via literatureismyutopia)
“'People have forgotten this truth', the fox said. 'But you musn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed. You're responsible for your rose.'”—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (via bookmania)
“She liked getting hold of some book, and keeping it to herself, and gnawing its contents in privacy, and pondering the meaning without sharing her thoughts with any one, or having to decide whether the book was a good one or a bad one.”—Virginia Woolf, from Night And Day (via violentwavesofemotion)
“Researchers found that children who receive bedtime stories from their parents as infants perform better than those who go without. But reading for pleasure during secondary school had the biggest effect, with books judged to be more important to children’s development at an older age than the influence of their parents. The combined effect on children’s progress of reading books often, going to the library regularly and reading newspapers at 16 was four times greater than the advantage children gained from having a parent with a degree.”—Study provides evidence that reading for pleasure boosts children’s academic performance (via raemilne)
What are the lessons to be learned from this journey of the mind? That humans are emotionally fragile, perennially gullible, hopelessly ignorant masters on an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos.
Have a nice day.
”—Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries” (via astro-stoner)
Ah, classic literature. Nothing compares to the timeless stories that, through the power of the written word, connect us all regardless of age, background or personal belief. What artistic mode could possibly pay homage to the innumerable gifts literature has bestowed upon us all? Lego.