Alone – with each other

“Think of this — that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and that they were alone with each other “

– A. S. Byatt

 

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Woman Reading by Gertrude Käsebier (May 18, 1852 – October 12, 1934)
Woman Reading by Gertrude Käsebier (May 18, 1852 – October 12, 1934)

 

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Leonard Freed – Jerusalem 1967

 

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Simone de Beauvoir at les Deux Magots Paris 1944 by Robert Doisneau

 

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Paula – Sunlight and shadows, Berlin 1889 by Alfred Stieglitz

 

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The Temple With A Thousand Halls

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“And what yesterday appeared to be a garden or a park or a jungle, today or
tomorrow is recognized as a temple, a temple with a thousand halls and courtyards in which the spirit of all nations and times is present, constantly waiting for reawakening, ever ready to recognize the many-voiced multiplicity of its phenomena as a unity. ”

– Hermann Hesse

 

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Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

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“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

 

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In the Case of Good Books

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“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” 
 Mortimer J. Adler

image: Lin Kristensen acquired from Wikimedia Commons