Memorize poetry

“Memorize poetry, treasure beautiful words, write them on the walls of your heart. Then, when deep, unspeakable things happen— a glorious sunset, a broken heart, great love and great grief— you will have words to honour the abundant mystery and beauty of life.” (Joy Clarkson)

Why are we reading?

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened, and its deepest mystery probed? … Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaning, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?”  (Annie Dillard)