“ Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. ”
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
We don't need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don'ts: we need books, time, and silence. 'Thou shalt not' is soon forgotten, but 'Once upon a time' lasts forever.
Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
I am what I am, an' I'm not ashamed. 'Never be ashamed,' my ol' dad used to say, 'there's some who'll hold it against you, but they're not worth botherin' with.