July 7, 2015

Read More, Experience More, Live More

        At all ages, if  [fantasy and myth] is used well by the author and meets the right reader, it has the same power: to generalize while remaining concrete, to present in palpable form not concepts or even experiences but whole classes of experience, and to throw off irrelevancies. But at its best it can do more; it can give us experiences we have never had and thus, instead of ‘commenting on life,' can add to it.
                              - C.S. Lewis

        In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read… It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
                              - S. I. Hayakawa

[Picture: The Wishing-Hat, wood block print by Jörg Breu the Elder from Fortunatus, 1509 (Image from Michael Haldane).]

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