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The reading woman

From Dorothy L. Sayers:  “Books . . . are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ‘em, then we grow out of ‘em and leave ‘em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”

I found this too-true quote in a book-calendar called “The Reading Woman.”  It features classic paintings of women with books, and below each picture is a quotation about reading.

Here’s one from Doris Lessing:  “With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates.  It is the most democratic of institutions because no one–but no one at all–can tell you what to read and when and how.”  The accompanying painting dates from 1888 and is called “An Evening at Home.”  It shows a young lady in a lacy dress, seated on a Victorian-era chaise-longue with a book in her lap and a fluffy cat at her feet.  The frilliness of the scene only makes the quotation pack more of a punch.

Here’s one more, from Kathy Bates:  “If you can read, you hold the secrets of the universe.  Imagine.”

Yep.  Imagine.  If you can read, you can go anywhere.  Don’t let anybody stop you.

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