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Daniel Pennac

Daniel Pennac

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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Each country thinks its school is in a specific crisis, without ever linking the school's crisis to that of the society around it.

If reading isn't about communication, it is, in the end, about sharing. But a deferred and fiercely selective kind of sharing.

I have never experienced a sorrow that was not relieved by an hour of reading.

A well-chosen book saves you from everything, including yourself.

He was an echo chamber for all books, the physical incarnation of words, the book made human.

Reassured, we left their bedroom without understanding-- or wanting to admit-- that what a child learns first isn't the act but the gestures that accompany the act. And although it may also help them learn, this ostentatious show of reading is primarily intended to reassure them and please us.

I master my doubts now. I have fun with them, they're my travelling companions.

The paradoxical virtue of reading lies in distancing ourselves from the world so that we may make sense of it.

I've never had time to read. But no one ever kept me from finishing a novel I loved.

Reading is an act of resistance. Against what? Against all constraints.

We see that that ritual of reading every evening at the end of the bed when they were so little--set time, set gestures-- was like a prayer.

The teacher is commodified, the school is a shop, the subjects are consumer goods. To read, to think, to reflect, isn't a question of want, it's a question of need.

We human beings build houses because we're alive, but we write books because we're mortal. We live in groups because we're sociable, but we read because we know we're alone. Reading offers a kind of companionship that takes no one's place, but that no one can replace either.

The children became their reciprocal angels: readers.