It's National Library Week and we'd like to remind you that there are many reasons to support your local library. We've got three important and practical ones right here in one of our favorite archived posts at The Discarded Image ("3 Practical Reasons to Support Public Libraries"). Check it out.
“Reader and writer...Don’t we want and don’t we understand the same thing? A story of beauty and passion, some fresh approximation of human truth?” ~ Eudora Welty, On Writing
“If we read well, we find ourselves in a conversational relationship with the most creative minds of our own time and of the past.”
– John Sutherland, A Little History of Literature
“Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.” ~Iris Murdoch
"A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within."
Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings
“Fairy tales don’t tell you that dragons are real, but that they can be defeated!” ~ Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
In Gerbrand Bakker’s novel Ten White Geese (published in the UK as The Detour), a Dutch woman takes a short-term lease on an old cottage in rural Wales. Avoiding contact with the handful of locals, she does little but sleep, drink wine, smoke, and wander around the property.
“Everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was…lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Carl Sagan