“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”—Roald Dahl (via verbal-betrayal)
“for that short moment, I would know for certain that love and hope are infinitely more powerful than hate and fury, and that somewhere beyond the line of my horizon there was life indestructible, always triumphant”—
Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968, Heda Margolius Kovaly
I have only read 50 pages of this book so far for school, but the story is an amazing retelling of the experiences of one woman who survived so many hardships during the Nazi and Stalin eras. Her story is inspiring.
“[F]ew people ask from books what books can give us. Most commonly we come to books with blurred and divided minds, asking of fiction that it shall be true, of poetry that it shall be false, of biography that it shall be flattering, of history that it shall enforce our own prejudices. If we could banish all such preconceptions when we read, that would be an admirable beginning. Do not dictate to your author; try to become him. Be his fellow-worker and accomplice. If you hang back, and reserve and criticize at first, you are preventing yourself from getting the fullest possible value from what you read. But if you open your mind as widely as possible, then signs and hints of almost imperceptible fineness, from the twist and turn of the first sentences, will bring you into the presence of a human being unlike any other. Steep yourself in this, acquaint yourself with this and soon you will find that your author is giving you, or attempting to give you, something far more definite.”—Virginia Woolf (via girl-awakening)
“If your first impulse is to set a book aside as being irrelevant, stop and consider where that impulse comes from. Are you making assumptions about who your children will be able to relate to or empathize with? As adults, our reading choices are often weighed down by preconceptions about whose stories matter to us. Marketing and bookstores reinforce these separations by shelving things like African American Literature separately, implying that some stories are only of interest to certain people. But young readers are often much more open-minded, and need only a great story to engage them.”—"Debunking 3 Common Myths About Diverse Books" by Hannah Ehrlich (Reading Rainbow) (via diversityinya)