janeiro 10, 2013

all books were of divination

" Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives. In later life we admire, we are entertained, we may modify some views we already hold, but we are more likely to find in books merely a confirmation of what is in our minds already: as in a love affair, it is our own features that we see reflected flatteringly back. 

But in childhood all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune-teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water, they influence the future." 

Graham Greene from "Lost Childhood" in The Lost Childhood and Other Essays (1951)

img. noemi villamuza

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