I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
She discovered that, while solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms.
When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced.
Snapshots of Virginia Woolf taken by Lady Ottoline Morrell, June 1923.
Researchers have shown that reading fiction promotes empathy. Children’s book author and illustrator, Anne Dewdney, echoes that finding when she argues that, “When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.” Sadly, studies reveal that parents in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain spend less time reading and telling stories to their sons than to their daughters. In fact, in as early as nine months, researchers found a gender gap in literary activities.
Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.
Penguin beauties. <3
Flow of Life(Elämän virralla), 1896