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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Reading is not idleness - any more than listening to music or looking at picturess - it is the passive, receptive side of civilisation without which the active and creative would be meaningless. It is the immortal spirit of the dead realized within the bodies of the living.

- Stephen Spender, Journal 1980-2, 1 January 1980 (p.399)

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