Virginia Woolf on Reading


An excerpt from Virginia Woolf's "How One Should Read a Book"

"I have sometimes dreamt, at least, that when the Day
of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and
statesmen come to receive their rewards--their crowns, their
laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble--the
Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain
envy when he sees us coming with our books under our arms, "Look,
these need no reward.  We have nothing to give them here.  They
have loved reading."

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