Quotations

The Written Word

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In the absence of an audience, I will write down my story so that it waits like a restful beast with lungs breathing and heart beating.

– Lawrence Hill –

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The relationship between a writer and a reader is utterly unique to those two individuals. The world that forms in your head as you read a book will be slightly different to that experienced by every other reader. Anywhere. Ever. Reading is very personal, a communication from one mind to another, something which can’t be exactly copied, or replicated, or directly shared.

If I read the work of, say, one of the great Victorian novelists, it’s like a gift from the past, a momentary connection to another’s thoughts. Their ideas are down on paper, to be picked up by me, over a century later. Writers can speak individually to readers across a year, or ten years, or a thousand.

– Simon Cheshire –

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The only tolerable form of communication is the written word, since it isn’t a stone in a bridge between souls but a ray of light between stars.

– Fernando Pessoa –

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