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A Quote by Annie Dillard on apathy, books, colors, despair, difficulty, effort, experience, learning, meaning, people, purity, rest, vision, and world

I chanced on a wonderful book by Marius von Senden, called Space and Sight. . . . For the newly sighted, vision is pure sensation unencumbered by meaning: "The girl went through the experience that we all go through and forget, the moment we are born. She saw, but it did not mean anything but a lot of different kinds of brightness." . . . In general the newly sighted see the world as a dazzle of color-patches. They are pleased by the sensation of color, and learn quickly to name the colors, but the rest of seeing is tormentingly difficult. . . . The mental effort involved . . . proves overwhelming for many patients. It oppresses them to realize, if they ever do at all, the tremendous size of the world, which they had previously conceived of as something touchingly manageable. . . . A disheartening number of them refuse to use their new vision, continuing to go over objects with their tongues, and lapsing into apathy and despair. . . . On the other hand, many newly sighted people speak well of the world, and teach us how dull is our own vision.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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A Quote by Anita Brookner on books, justice, life, and simplicity

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.

Anita Brookner (1938 -)

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A Quote by Angela Carter on books, experience, history, novelty, reading, world, and writing

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. . . . You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

Angela Carter (1940 - 1992)

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A Quote by Andre Sinyavsky on books

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What is the most precious, the most exciting smell waiting for you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, mouldering books.

Andre Sinyavsky

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A Quote by Andre Sinyavsky on books

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What is the most precious, the most exciting smell awaiting you in the house when you return to it after a dozen years or so? The smell of roses, you think? No, mouldering books.

Andre Sinyavsky

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A Quote by Anatole France on admiration and books

The books that everybody admires are those nobody reads.

Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

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A Quote by Anatole France on books and libraries

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folk have lent me.

Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

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A Quote by Amy Lowell on books, heart, life, men, past, and reason

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.

Amy Lowell (1874 - 1925)

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A Quote by Amos Bronson Alcott on books, experience, and observation

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 - 1888)

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A Quote by Amos Bronson Alcott on books, expectation, good, and profit

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799 - 1888)

Source: Table Talk, 1877

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