On Reading
Fragonard's Girl Reading, Books
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
A Young Girl Reading
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

“We can develop the power of our
sensibility and our intelligence only
within ourselves, in the depths of
our spiritual life. But it is from the
contact with other minds, which
reading is, that produces the good
manners of the heart.”

— Marcel Proust, On Reading (1906)

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