Sunday, October 23, 2016

A master on books …

… The Magic of the Book: Hermann Hesse on Why We Read and Always Will – Brain Pickings. (Hat tip, David Tothero.)

We need not fear a future elimination of the book. On the contrary, the more that certain needs for entertainment and education are satisfied through other inventions, the more the book will win back in dignity and authority. For even the most childish intoxication with progress will soon be forced to recognize that writing and books have a function that is eternal. It will become evident that formulation in words and the handing on of these formulations through writing are not only important aids but actually the only means by which humanity can have a history and a continuing consciousness of itself.

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