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Grief, Grind, and Glory of Work

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by stevemccurry

Last month the world heard the tragic news
that more than a thousand people working at a clothing factory in Bangladesh,
were killed when 
the factory they were working in collapsed.

Myanmar, Burma, 1994, final book_iconicBurma

The appetite for cheap clothing in the West is insatiable.
The people making the clothing  often pay the true cost of these items.
The scale of this factory in Burma is vast.
The sense that these workers are just part of an immense machine is
accentuated by 
the pink shirts they are obliged to wear.

BURMA-10221NF, Myanmar (Burma), 07/1994Burma

Labor disgraces no man;
unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.  

- Ulysses S. Grant

YEMEN-10053NF4Yemen

Whether it is men fishing,  nuns washing dishes, miners digging beneath the earth, or 
working in the heat of a steel mill, work is universal, yet intensely personal. Millions work in order to survive, and for them,
there 
is no debate about how to achieve a life/work balance.  

INDONESIA-10006Woman working in a field devastated by volcanic debris and flood waters.  Java, Indonesia

INDIA-10330NFShoe repair shop in India

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace

BURMA-10619NFBurma

 

Your life is a journey, not a rest.
You are travelling to the promised land, from the cradle to the grave.
The Sunday at Home, December 7th 1854

INDIA-11144, India, Bombay, 1997Mumbai, India

INDIA-10456NF
Gujarat, India

The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

YUGOSLAVIA-10068MKS Steelworks, Serbia

JAPAN-10026Japan

Working for long periods under extreme stressful work conditions can lead to
sudden death, a phenomenon the Japanese call karoshi. The word in China is guolaosi.

PAKISTAN-10006NFLandi Kotal, Pakistan

AFGHN-10146Bakery run by Afghan widows, Kabul, Afghanistan

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 1989Croatia

Many find their identity in the work they do. Some enjoy intense satisfaction in their work.
For others, the line between work and play is hard to find.

Tibetans, 07/2001, final book_iconicIndia

INDIA-10679NF2, Bombay, India, 09/1993. Textiles,
           Mumbai, India

A suger cane farmer stand in his field in Luzon, Philippines, 1985Sugar cane farmer, Philippines

Everything yields to diligence.
- Thomas Jefferson

BRAZIL-10044NF8, Brazil, Latin America, Lavazza, 08/2010Drying coffee beans, Brazil

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or
Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of
heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.  
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

KASHMIR-10016Flower Seller, Dal Lake, Kashmir

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The Universal Language

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by stevemccurry

INDIA-10841 (1) India

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
- William Arthur Ward

TIBET-10535Tibet

AFGHN-12243Afghanistan 

A smile is the universal welcome.
- Max Eastman

BURMA-10454Burma

AFGHN-12232Afghanistan

INDIA-10843India

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
- Washington Irving

INDIA-10004NF  An Indian tailor caught in the monsoon floodwaters in
Porbandar, India

Look back, and smile on perils past.
- Sir Walter Scott

AFGHN-10118NFAfghanistan

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  
- William Shakespeare, Othello

KASHMIR-10017 (1)Kashmir

00093_08. Mother and Daughter in Afghanistan, 2003, AFGHN-12678NFAfghanistan

CAMBODIA-10115NFCambodia

Every smile makes you a day younger.
- Chinese Proverb

BURMA-10024Burma

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night;
a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
– Henry Ward Beecher

China, 1984, final book_iconicChina

HONDURAS-10018NFHonduras

EUROPE-10072, Berlin, Germany, 1988, GERMANY-10059Celebration in Berlin, Germany

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

AFGHN-13293, Afghanistan, 1984. A man holds a baby.Afghanistan

VIETNAM-10010NFVietnam

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,
and grows brave by reflection.
– Thomas Paine

_SM16823, Myanmar, Burma, 02/2011, BURMA-10289NFBurma

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

AFGHN-12369Afghanistan

Life in Black and White

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2013 by stevemccurry
INDIA-10941NF

India

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant of the weak and strong.
Someday in your life you will have been all of these.
-  George Washington Carver

MEXICO-10001

Mexico City

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn,
good and ill together.

- William Shakespeare

AFGHN-13198; Afghanistan; 1980. A young girl holds her sibling.

Afghanistan

The great use of a life is to spend for something that outlasts it.
- William James

JAPAN-10014

Japan

May you live every day of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

INDIA-10904

India

 

00829_01, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13342

Afghanistan



This boy has never held a book in his hands, has never attended school, and has never known
a life without the threat of violence.

AFRICA-10204, Morocco, September, 2008, Final print_Novartis,

Morocco

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

00847_15, Afghanistan, 1980, AFGHN-13564

Afghanistan

 

Novartis Group Annual Report 2009, Back Cover, AACD, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil

 

INDIA-12060

India

LATIN_AMERICA-10055, February, 2009, final print_Novartis

Brazil

Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.
- Boris Pasternak

INDIA-10899

India

 

afghn-13696

Afghanistan

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore

INDIA-12059

India

The potential possibilities of any child are the most
intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

- Ray L. Wilbur

SOUTH_AFRICA-10019

South Africa

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10014

South Africa

USA-10186

United States

 

INDIA-12058NF

India

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10021

South Africa

 

SOUTH_AFRICA-10016

South Africa

A the end of your life, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took,
but how many moments took your breath away.
- Shing Xiong

Family and Friends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by stevemccurry
TIBET-11081

Tibet

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach,
because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you.

- Frederick Buechner

INDIA-10723

India

 

INDIA-10701

India

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
- William Shakespeare

YEMEN-10100

Yemen

 

AFGHN-12369

Afghanistan

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

VIETNAM-10031

Vietnam

Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome;
the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.
- Sarah J. Hale (1788- 1879)

BALUCHISTAN-10007

Baluchistan, Pakistan

 

ITALY-10399

Italy

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
-Mencius, Chinese philosopher, 4th cent. BCE

RUSSIA-10092

Karelia, Russia

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
- Spanish Proverb

PERU-10006

Peru

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home
that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating
virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.
-  Winston Churchill

HONDURAS-10006NF3

Honduras

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
- Mother Teresa

TIBET-10567

Tibet

 

00445_ 048

India

There is only one good-looking child in the world, and every mother has it.
- Chinese Proverb

AFGHN-13293

Afghanistan

The two things we can give our children are roots which firmly anchor them,
and wings which allow them to become independent.

YEMEN-10146

Yemen

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
 - Jane Austen

FRANCE-10126, France, 1989

Paris, France

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
- William Penn

FIJI-10019

Fiji

 

YEMEN-10169

Yemen

 

USA-10592

New York, United States

 

INDIA-10801

India

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Silent Language of Hands

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by stevemccurry
AFGHN-12947

Afghanistan

Behold the hands
how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, 

refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, 
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
- Michel de Montaigne

AFGRL-10002

Sharbat Gula, Nasir Bagh Refugee Camp, Peshawar, Pakistan

 

VIETNAM-10042

Vietnam

Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion. 

AFGHN-10089NF

Afghanistan

Among all species, our human hands are unique — not only in what they can accomplish,
but also in how they communicate. Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar,
maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry.
They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and mold the world around us.
- Joe Navarro

USA-10003

Florida, United States

 

USA-10169NF2

New York City, United States

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
 have chosen rather to share our pain
 and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen

CUBA-10016

Cuba

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we 
have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

CHINA-10040

Tibet

Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.  They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad, often suggesting exuberance or fear.
- Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook

MALI-10008

Mali

 

KASHMIR-10020

Kashmir

 

TIBET-10540

Tibet

Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
- Bruce Alan Humphrey

AFGHN-12728NF

Afghanistan

To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
- Taisen Deshimaru

BURMA-10026

Burma

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as
beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
- Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)

IRELAND-10001

Ireland

 

JAPAN-10036

Japan

Hold a true friend with both hands
- African Proverb

PARAGUAY-10030

Paraguay

To pray means to open your hands before God.
- Henri Nouwen

USA-10001

United States

 

AFGHN-13265NF

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

Kunar Province, Afghanistan

RUSSIA-10108NF

Russia

The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.

00443_14; 00443_ 010; Uganda; Africa; 2001;

Uganda

…For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch, And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 5
-William Shakespeare

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Power of Play

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by stevemccurry
ETHIOPIA-10152

Ethiopia

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

FIJI-10001

Fiji

Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a
tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
- Henri Matisse

TIBET-11024

Tibet

The true object of all human life is play.
- G. K. Chesterton

CHINA-10140

China

 

AFGHN-10195

Afghanistan

 

INDIA-11305

India

 

CAMBODIA-10118

Cambodia

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

TIBET-10799

Tibet

 

INDIA-10801

India

Play is the exultation of the possible.
- Martin Buber

INDIA-10749

India

A child loves his play, not because it’s easy,
but because it’s hard.
- Benjamin Spock

MAURITANIA-10015NF2

Mauritania

People tend to forget that play is serious.
- David Hockney

AFGHN-12441

Afghanistan

 

INDIA-10717

India

In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
- Lev Vygotsky

BURMA-10278

Burma

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to
move beyond the bounds of reality.

A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet.
A small child can be a superhero.
- Fred Rogers

ETHIOPIA-10048

Ethiopia

 

INDIA-10621

India

 

MALI-10010NF

Mali

Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play;
music and dancing were pure play….
We have to conclude, therefore,

that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played…
- Johan Huizinga

AUSTRALIA-10008

Australia

 

BURMA-10206

Burma

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
- Diane Ackerman 

ETHIOPIA-10179

Ethiopia

 

00253_10, YEMEN-10058NF, Yemen, 1997

Yemen

Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives,
can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities,
and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world
where everyone is an equal and valued participant.
- Patricia G. Ramsey

INDIA-11310

India

INDIA-10727

India

Play is the highest form of research.
- attributed to Albert Einstein

INDIA-10625

India

 

_SM15729_adj, Cuba, 2010, CUBA-00004

Cuba

Sometimes you have to drop the rake and play in the leaves.
- Douglas V’Soske

BURMA-10280; Mandalay; Burma; 02/2011final print_MACRO

Burma

 

Varanasi, India, 2010

India

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Food for the Soul

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by stevemccurry

Conversation is food for the soul.
- Mexican Proverb

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

 The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much;
always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends;
never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can;
to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
- Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

Yemen

Yemen

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense,
the third good humor, and the fourth wit.

- Sir William Temple, 1628-1699

Tanzania

Tanzania

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another’s observation, not overturning it.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 – 1873

Morocco

Morocco

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others.
- Jean de la Bruyere, 1803 – 1873

 Italy

Italy

 The character of a man is known from his conversations.
- Menander, 342 – 292 BCE

Poet Khalil Khoury, Baghdad, Iraq

Poet Khalil Khoury, Baghdad, Iraq

 

Japan

Japan

 

India

India

Conversation. What is it? A Mystery!
It’s the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest,
of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all.

- Guy de Maupassant, 1850 – 1893

Lourdes, France

Lourdes, France

 

China

China

The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.
-  Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection, 1533 – 1592

Turkey

Turkey

 

Russia

Russia

 

France

France

 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

A single conversation with a wise person is worth a month’s study of books.
- Chinese Proverb

Italy

Italy


India

India

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Tanzania

Tanzania

In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation.
I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose,
I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.
- Michel de Montaigne

Tibet

Tibet

The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation.
The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation.
Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.
Emilie Barnes, If Teacups Could Talk

Italy

Italy

The highest good is prayer and conversation with God.
- St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, 347–407

Paraguay

Paraguay

 

Steve McCurry in Omo Valley with men from Surma Tribe

Steve McCurry in Omo Valley with men from Surma Tribe

 

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Going Home

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by stevemccurry

Home is where one starts from. 
- T.S. Eliot

Rajasthan, India

The ache for home lives in all of us…
- Maya Angelou

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

My home is my retreat and resting place …
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside,
as I do another corner in my soul.
- Michel de Montaigne

Cave Homes in Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Tibet

He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan 

The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown.
It may be frail — its roof may shake — the wind may blow through it — the storm may enter — the rain may enter —
but the King of England cannot enter! — all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.
-William Pitt the Elder

India

All language is a longing for home.
- Jalaluddin Rumi, 13th-Century Persian poet

Russia

 Mali

Uganda

Peru

Mauritania

Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
-Helen Rowland

 Tibet

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

Kashmir

Tihamah Plain, Yemen

A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
- George Edward Moore

Refugees returning to destroyed homes, Herat, Afghanistan

Russia

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues,
the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. 
- Winston Churchill

 Tanzania

Philippines

 Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.
- John Howard Payne

Afghanistan

Morocco

 My home is not a place; it is people.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

Bosnia

Brazil

Russia

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.
- Herman Melville


Omo Valley, Ethiopia

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home

It doesn’t make any  difference how rich you get to be
How much your chairs and tables cost, how great your luxury;
It isn’t home to you though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow your soul is wrapped round everything.
- Paraphrase of Edgar Guest poem, Home

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Fun and Games

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by stevemccurry

China

BRAZIL-10010NF

Brazil

RUSSIA-10031

Russia

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed
himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become
unstable without knowing it.
- Herodotus

Burma

The true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden.
Heaven is a playground.
- G . K. Chesterton

USA-10206

Los Angeles, USA

You must invent your own games and
teach us old ones how to play.
- Nikki Giovanni

CANADA-10001

Canada

You can discover more about a person in an
hour of play than in a year of conversation.
- Plato

HONDURAS-10027

Honduras

In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior.
In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
- Lev Vygotsky

INDIA-11598

India

People tend to forget that play is serious.
- David Hockney

INDIA-10836

Rajasthan, India

 

BURMA-10278

Burma

INDIA-10490NF

Mumbai, India

Play is the exultation of the possible.
- Martin Buber

AUSTRALIA-10008

Australia

A child loves to play not because it is easy, but because it is hard.

- B. Spock, M.D.

Burma

Lebanon

BANGLADESH-10010

Bangladesh

Play is a uniquely adaptive act,
not subordinate to some other adaptive
act, but with a special function of its own
in human experience.
- Johan Huizinga

AFGHN-12262

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Umbria, Italy

Turkey

India

Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photographer, in his studio, Central Park West, NYC, USA


To laugh often and much; To win the respect of people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Afghanistan

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To Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2012 by stevemccurry

To read is to fly:
it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view
over  wide terrains of history,

human variety, ideas, shared experience and the
fruits of many inquiries.

- A. C. Grayling

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
- Anna Quindlen


Germany

India 

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
- Nora Ephron

India

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.  

Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time,
transported to  another world.

Thailand

India

Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do
just about everything else, and that includes reading while playing the
piano, which my sister used to do.

Sri Lanka

At one magical instant in your early childhood,
the page of a book–that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
- Alberto Manguel

Burma

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly,
into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Lourdes, France

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;

they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the
most patient of teachers. 
- Charles William Eliot

Italy

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- James Russell Lowell

India

We read to know we are not alone. 
- C.S. Lewis

Tibet

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

China

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still,
retreat or fly into the future.
- Jim Bishop

Thailand


That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book,

and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will
lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive
- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

India

Kashmir

Korea

We live for books.
-Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose 

Canada

Turkey

Afghanistan

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo

Italy 

Yemen

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the
most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.
- Wisława Szymborska
1996 Nobel Prize in Literature

India

Cuba

Japan

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
- Rene Descartes

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