The Art Of Reading
“Reading is an act of contemplation, perhaps the only act in which we allow ourselves to merge with the consciousness of another human being. We possess the books we read, animating the waiting stillness of their language, but they possess us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves.”
David L. Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

The Artist and His Model - Alexei Harlamoff, 1875
Marcel Proust ~ Childhood And Books
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."
Marcel Proust
W.h. Auden ~ On Books
"Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered."
W.H. Auden,
'Reading', 1963.
Jorge Luis Borges ~ Paradise
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges
Carl Larsson ~ Karin Reading
Carl Larsson
Karin Reading, 1904

I love books, I love to read, I love to look at books, love to touch books...
A Book Is My Best Friend…
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles William Eliot

Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890)
Dolce far niente
Oil on Canvas
Oscar Wilde ~ On Beauty
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Alberto Manguel ~ Dreaming About Books
“We can imagine the books we'd like to read, even if they have not yet been written, and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess, even if they are well beyond our reacher, because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of our interests and every one of our foibles--a library that, in its variety and complexity, fully reflects the reader we are.”
Alberto Manguel , The Library at Night

Photo by J. Stephenson
Felix Vallotton ~ Returned From The Beach
Felix Vallotton
"Returned from the beach" 1924
The Real Alice ~ In Wonderland
Alice Liddell, 1870
(Alice in Wonderland)
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)