On Reading and Beauty

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I came across these words in Annie Dillard’s classic book The Writing Life the other night, and just had to share:

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?…Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?”

 

Wow.

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