Virginia Woolf writes on the joy of reading:

I have sometimes dreamt, at least, that when the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards — their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble — the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when He sees us coming with our books under our arms, ‘Look, those need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.

Excerpted from a 1925 essay titled “How Should One Read a Book?,” found in The Second Common Reader [buy ↔ borrow]

That gives me some sense of optimism…I’m bringin’ as many books with me as I can…

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(English: The Secondhand Bookseller)