Every book has the potential to touch the human soul deeply, arousing patterns of thought that might otherwise have lain dormant.

The pleasure we derive from the written word is unique because reading takes effort. Other forms of art provide us with stimulus and ask nothing more than our emotional response.

Reading is an active pastime that requires an investment of emotion as well as our concentration and imagination. The words we read are merely a starting point for a process that takes place largely within our minds and hearts.

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