Proust on the power and danger of reading

As long as reading is for us the instigator whose magic keys have opened the door to those dwelling-places deep within us that we would not have known how to enter, its role in our lives is salutary. It becomes dangerous, on the other hand, when, instead of awakening us to the personal life of the mind, reading tends to take its place.

Marcel Proust, quoted in Chris Hedges, War is a Force that Gives us Meaning.

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