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DORIS LESSING ~ THE WAY TO READ BOOKS

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ONE WAY TO READ A BOOK

In the opinion of the famous writer Doris Lessing there is only one way to read.

“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
― Doris Lessing

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RALPH WALDO EMERSON ~ ON BOOKS

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Some books leave us free and some books make us free – Ralph Waldo Emerson

EUDORA WELTY ~ A PASSION FOR BOOKS

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“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them …”
― Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

Lady Clementina Hawarden
Lady Clementina’s daughter, also called Clementina
1860s

VIRGINIA WOOLF ~ SOLITUDE

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“To love makes one solitary, she thought.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925)

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT ~ READ TO LIVE

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893

EUDORA WELTY ~ ON WRITING A NOVEL

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Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer’s own life.
Eudora Welty

ANAIS NIN ~ THE ROLE OF A WRITER

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“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
Anais Nin

On the photo Anais Nin with Henry Miller

SAUL BELLOW ~ ON ADVICE

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“When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”
Saul Bellow

THE ART OF READING

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“Reading is an act of contemplation, perhaps the only act in which we allow ourselves to merge with the consciousness of another human being. We possess the books we read, animating the waiting stillness of their language, but they possess us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves.”
David L. Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

The Artist and His Model – Alexei Harlamoff, 1875

MARCEL PROUST ~ CHILDHOOD AND BOOKS

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“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

Marcel Proust

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