Friday, January 11, 2019

althea warren | read


"Read as a drunkard drinks or as a bird sings or a cat sleeps or a dog responds to an invitation to go walking, not from conscience or training, but because they'd rather do it than anything else in the world."

Althea Warren, Library Association speech, 1935

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"The night you promised to go to dinner with the best friend of your foster aunt, just telephone that you have such a bad cold you're afraid she'll catch it. Stay at home instead and gobble Lucy Gayheart in one gulp like a boa constrictor."

Althea's Ways to Achieve Reading

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from The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

mihaly csikszentmihalyi | picking lice


Baboons who live in the African plains spend about one-third of their life sleeping, and when awake they divide their time between traveling, finding and eating food, and free leisure time - which basically consists in interacting, or grooming each other's fur to pick out lice. As the historian Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie has shown, in thirteenth century French villages the most common leisure pursuit was still that of picking lice out of each other's hair. Now, of course, we have television.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

george bernard shaw | a splendid torch


This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

George Bernard Shaw