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Fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life.

People disagreeing everywhere you look makes you wanna stop and read a book.
Reading and writing are closed-room activities, which literally take you away from the gaze of others. The greater risk is that they also remove others from your gaze.

Reading is one of the true pleasures of life. In our age of mass culture, when so much that we encounter is abridged,adapted, adulterated, shredded, and boiled down, it is mind-easing and mind-inspiring to sit down privately with a congenial book...
A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.

Mansfield Park
Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness. Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.

The Common Reader
Anyone who's worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.

Jacob's Room
For once the disease of reading has laid upon the system it weakens so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing.

Read anything I write for the pleasure of reading it. Whatever else you find will be the measure of what you brought to the reading.
Some people read to confirm their own hopelessness. Others read to be rescued from it.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."