He said Machado that of "Walker, there is no path, the path is made by walking". And the same thing happens to us as readers. That every book read, every story lived, every place (real or imagined) that we have visited through reading … our love for books has become a little bit bigger.
Because books are our refuge, no matter under what circumstances.
Statistics say that during the days of confinement weekly readers have grown by 7% —in data from the Federation of Editors Guilds of Spain— or that 82% of the confined population affirms that reading has helped them cope better with this complicated period. And although the figures are positive, they only confirm something we already knew: reading evades us, reading makes us live other lives. So we are in love with books. Because they take us to other worlds when we don't want to be in ours, because they allow us to see things from a completely new point of view.
And because, although we are in a context dominated by the audiovisual, with series and films constantly calling our senses … we will always keep a special corner (in our hearts and in our schedule) for literature. 💙📖
So in this post we want to share with you, readers, 10 phrases of famous writers that inspire us and that we trust that they will also tickle your greedy minds. Enjoy them and read, read and read! Now and always.
1) Jorge Luis Borges
«Of the various instruments invented by man, the most amazing is the book; all the others are extensions of his body … Only the book is an extension of the imagination and memory». Do you agree with Jorge Luis Borges?
2) Emily Dickinson
«To travel far, there is no better ship than a book».
3) John Steinbeck
"By the thickness of the dust on the books of a public library, the culture of a people can be measured."
4) William Nicholson
«We read to know that we are not alone».
«He who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot», Used to say the noble writer Don Miguel de Cervantes.
6) Victor Hugo
«Learning to read is lighting a fire, each syllable that is spelled is a spark», Commented the author of The Miserables or Our Lady of Paris, the essential Victor Hugo.
7) Ray Bradbury
«You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. You just have to stop people from reading them».
No one would dare to rebut Ray Bradbury, especially after reading your Fahrenheit 451. 🙊🔥
8) Franz Kafka
«A book must be the ax that breaks the frozen sea within us».
9) Mario Vargas Llosa
«Learning to read is the most important thing that has happened to me. Almost 70 years later I clearly remember that magic of translating words into images». This affirmed a whole Nobel Prize for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa.
10) Gustave Flaubert
«Do not read, as children do, for fun, or as the ambitious do, for the purpose of instruction. No, read to live».
Gustave Flaubert, one of the feathers with the greatest literary strength in the 19th century, was of this opinion about what a reader should look for in a work.
And with the author of Madame Bovary we come to the end of this post, dear readers. We hope that these phrases stimulate you and make you want to devour a new book, or to discover a new author, to take a notebook and pen for yourself and try the craft of writing in first person … And if you lack a little more inspiration, do not hesitate to consult this list of essentials to spend a luxurious (literary) summer.
# ReadYourSummer 📚🍦