"Stories were power. And whoever controlled the story controlled everything. A story could bring people together, or it could tear them apart. It could spread like a sickness, infecting people. It could lead them into battle or shake them into seeing what they had refused to see before" Libba Bray, The King of Crows
This is a good description of why the pen is mightier than the sword.
"Every rereading of a classic is as much a voyage of discovery as the first reading." Italo Calvino
And a link to the people who have been there before us and from whom we can still learn a lot.
"Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path." Carl Sagan
And not reading always puts us back. Reading is the one thing that nobody can take from us and that can lead us to so many wonderful places.
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