"Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities."
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”
—Alan Bennett, The History Boys
"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere."
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
―Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
I've been a little obsessed with this "Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas" artwork for awhile now, and I'm even more so now that I know the story behind it. Here's a great article from The Atlantic about the Council on Books in Wartime and how patriotic publishers practically gave away (for six cents each) millions of their best books during WW2 and, as a result, created a nation of readers.