A strong man does not succumb to pressures, he knows that without pressures he will not find pleasures and so he will not be made.
We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.
Have you never picked up a book you've read before, and found it speaks to you in a new way?
A bran' new book is a beautiful thing, all promise and fresh pages, the neatly squared spine, the brisk sense of a journey beginning. But a well-worn book also has its pleasures, the soft caress and give of the paper's edges, the comfort, like an old shawl, of an oft-read story.