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Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.

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It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.

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Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date

Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us. 

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neil will love this one.

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"I don’t know what I’d do without you."

Looks like ya figured it out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

"Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life."
Christopher Paolini, Eragon (via observando)

sealfie:

do you ever read the last sentence of a good book and the last words hall in you like a never ending echo and your life stops for a second where you can’t help to stare at the last page before you finally close the book and let all the emotions fade away

Note to self:

  • Don’t wonder why everyone’s against you if you pushed everyone away when they were there for you.
  • Instead of worrying about losing touch, make an effort to keep in touch.
  • Let go of the people that push you down instead of lifting you up.
  • Lift others up, don’t push them down.
  • Embrace whatever comes, don’t have expectations.
  • Live life. Who cares what people think.
"Notice the people who are happy for your happiness, and sad for your sadness. They’re the ones who deserve special places in your heart."

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this is the truest of the truths

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OTP.

OTP.

"Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times?” Mo had said…”As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar."
Cornelia FunkeInkspell (via feellng)