I love short stories because I believe
they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.
Think of your art and the thing you want to do, not the politics of your situation.
Literature seemed to be everything then. People looked to it for the strength to live, for guidance, for revelation.
I must have books everywhere. They are the soul of a room - they reveal the taste, the interests and the secrets of whoever lives there.
And later, as the raising sun began to dim the glow of the lamp, I roused from a drifting sleep to hear Jamie murmur once more, “Does it ever stop, Claire? The wanting?”
My head fell back onto his shoulder. “I don’t know, Jamie. I really don’t.”
D. Gabaldon, Outlander (ch. 17, We Meet A Beggar)
I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.