Why You Read So Much (Courtesy of Orhan Pamuk)

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“To become a writer, patience and toil are not enough: we must first feel compelled to escape crowds, company, the stuff of ordinary, everyday life, and shut ourselves up in a room…But once we shut ourselves away, we soon discover that we are not as alone as we thought. We are in the company of the words of those who came before us, of other people’s stories, other people’s books, other people’s words, the thing we call tradition. I believe literature to be the most valuable hoard that humanity has gathered in its quest to understand itself.

-Orhan Pamuk, in his Nobel Lecture, 2006

(I added the italics.)


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  1. Arohanui on 19.02.2011 at 01:10 (Reply)

    I love this “We are in the company of the words of those who came before us.”
    In my dream world I would have a library this beautiful in which to while away the hours. Heavenly.

  2. MJ on 19.02.2011 at 10:53 (Reply)

    Wonderful quote. What a lovely picture. Where is it? I (happily) found your blog through RealDelia.

  3. Judy on 19.02.2011 at 12:20 (Reply)

    Like art, reading allows you to time travel at will!

  4. Susan on 19.02.2011 at 19:44 (Reply)

    Thx, MJ. The picture is from the Strahov Library in Prague. Gorgeous, right?

  5. MJ on 20.02.2011 at 14:30 (Reply)

    Ah old classic libraries - like cathedrals with/to books. :)

  6. 'Aunt Amelia' on 20.02.2011 at 16:59 (Reply)

    Just found your blog, and will return.

    Your blog name is delightful. No wonder so many, have shown up on your cyber doorstep.

    ‘Mrs. Bradley’ ,-)

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  8. Susan on 20.02.2011 at 21:26 (Reply)

    What a great way of putting it.

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