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Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Virginia Woolf on reading

blue roomThe only advice, indeed, that one person can give another about reading is to take no advice, to follow your own instincts, to use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions. If this is agreed between us, then I feel at liberty to put forward a few ideas and suggestions because you will not allow them to fetter that independence which is the most important quality that a reader can possess. After all, what laws can be laid down about books? The battle of Waterloo was certainly fought on a certain day; but is Hamlet a better play than Lear? Nobody can say. Each must decide that question for himself. To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions-there we have none.

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One comment on “Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Virginia Woolf on reading

  1. Trademarks Guy
    December 11, 2013

    I agree, reading is a process of choice and making paths for yourself even outside the ones that the author sets for you in their writing.

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