“ Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. ”
“ Books. People have no idea how beautiful books are. How they taste on your fingers. How bright everything is when you light it with words. ”
Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story
“ Adults and children read books in different ways. Grownups read for entertainment whereas youngsters read to learn about life. ”
Adeline Yeh Mah
my sister never finishes reading books.
last night, she finished The Fault in Our Stars.
“ Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it. ”
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
“ For many of us, the delights of reading are polychrome, and once we have entered this vibrant world we quite simply never want to leave. ”
“ …I was thrown into the company of a most fascinating creature, a real goddess, in my eyes, as long as she took no notice of me. I ‘never told my love’ vocally; still, if looks have language, the merest idiot might have guessed I was over head and ears: she understood me, at last, and looked a return - the sweetest of all imaginable looks - and what did I do? I confess it with shame - shrunk icily into myself, like a snail, at every glance retired colder and farther; till; finally the poor innocent was led to doubt her own senses, and, overwhelmed with confusion at her supposed mistake, persuaded her mamma to decamp. ”
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
“ I would stare at the grains of light suspended in that silent space, struggling to see into my own heart. What did I want? And what did others want from me? But I could never find the answers. Sometimes I would reach out and try to grasp the grains of light, but my fingers touched nothing. ”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
So many writers have been forgotten over the ages, but for 2 centuries Austen has enthralled her readers. Men and women, teens and adults, academic professionals and those who read for fun: all turn to Austen time and again to find some nourishment for their literary souls that they can find nowhere else.
- Susannah Carson