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Book Geek Quote #153
We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us.
—Madeline L’Engle, from Walking on Water
Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence. Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books. Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human.
Reading is a very sweet obscenity. Who can understand sweetness if they never lean their life, their whole life, over the first page of a book? No, the unique, the sweetest protection against all fears is this - a book that begins.
A good book invites you to sever your connection with the real world and come into the one it creates; the longer you read it, the more that connection is severed, the more you exist in the interior world of the book rather than this one. Just imagine how this effect is heightened when the world you are in is alien to you, one where you’re just visiting and don’t know the people or your way around, and therefore the book’s world becomes the familiar one. This is when the magic happens.
—Janet Potter, “What Should I Read On Vacation?: A Question I Never Took Lightly Again.” (via millionsmillions)