If you saw my post yesterday, you’ll know that I was tagged by Nicole at Sorry I’m Booked to do the 3 Days 3 Quotes tag. Which is pretty much exactly as it sounds: I will be sharing one of my favorite reading-related quotes every day for the next three days (in addition to my regularly scheduled posts).
I have decided to keep my quotes for this tag reading-related, which is a little extra fun. So, for today, I’m going with:
The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours. – Alan Bennett, The History Boys
This quote reminds me a lot of one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance (is it cheating if I have two quotes for today?):
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
I think we’ve all experienced this, in some form or another. When a book says something you were thinking, but could’t articulate. Or something you believe, but no one else seems to agree with. Or even something you didn’t know you believe, but as soon as you read it you know it’s true. And you feel like you instantly have a friend. It’s one of the reasons I love books so much.
This tag involves tagging three people each day of this tag, so let me know if you’d like to be tagged!