qotw: books

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Books, for me, are a home. Books don’t make a home – they are one, in the sense that just as you do with a door, you open a book, and you go inside.

–Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

qotw: empathy

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Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us—a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain—it’s also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves.

—Leslie Jamison, “The Empathy Exams”

qotw: reading

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Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books. Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human.

—Susan Sontag, Where The Stress Falls