Archive for Victor Hugo

To Read is to Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 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, Financial Times
(in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

DSC_2998_esBrazil

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

TURKEY-10212Turkey

There is no frigate like a book 
To take us lands away, 
Nor any coursers like a page 
Of prancing poetry. 
This traverse may the poorest take 
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot 
That bears a human soul.
- Emily Dickinson

DSC_8680_esLondon, United Kingdom

01734_06_esShanghai, China

_SM17860_adj; Havana, Cuba; 2010, CUBA-00018 Cuba

00038_18, Serbia, Yugoslavia, 11/1989, YUGOSLAVIA-10127.Serbia

BURMA-10711Burma

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

USA-10880United States

DSC_3030_esCape Town, South Africa

ETHIOPIA-10221Ethiopia

India, November 2007,India

BRAZIL-10103Brazil

When I get a little money I buy books;
and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

- Erasmus

THAILAND-10147Chiang Mai, Thailand

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!
 When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
-  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

_SM17695; Italy; 07/2011, ITALY-10289Italy

00703_20, CANADA-10007, Nova Scotia, Footsteps of Buddha, 06/2005France

The ability to read awoke inside me some
long dormant craving to be mentally alive.

Autobiography of Malcolm X

NEPAL-10108Nepal

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few are to be chewed and digested.
- Francis Bacon

UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10005United Arab Emirates

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

– Victor Hugo

BURMA-10597NFBurma

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

_SM11134, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011, THAILAND-10066 final print_MACROChiang Mai, Thailand

Reading was my escape and my comfort,
my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it,
for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an
author’s words reverberating in your head.
– Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

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MALAYSIA-10018Malaysia

USA-10821Renowned author, Paul Theroux, Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Afghanistan
London, UK
12 May through 7 June 2014

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Power of Ten

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16 May through 31 August 2014

To Light a Fire

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by stevemccurry

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

- Victor Hugo

BURMA-10573Burma

ITALY-10406    Umbria, Italy

At one magical instant  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-10566 Mandalay, Burma

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.

AFGHN-12373NF  Bamiyan, Afghanistan

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so
familiar with images describing words and the
impact reading has on our lives.

THAILAND-10147 (1)Thailand

Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of

reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to  Picasso and Cassatt
and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

SWITZERLAND-10020NF2
Switzerland

RUSSIA-10075  Moscow, Russia

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

INDIA-11986India

A great book that comes from a great thinker
is a ship of thought, 
deep freighted with truth and beauty.
- Pablo Neruda

YEMEN-10071, Sana'a, Yemen, 1997. A man reads the Qu'ran.  Yemen

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

INDIA-12041India

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

BURMA-10597NFBurma

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
- Emily Dickinson

TURKEY-10212Turkey

SRILANKA-10087, Sri Lanka, 12/1995, Boy Reading with mother in temple.Sri Lanka

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

JAPAN-10145Japan

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

DSC_1841_sfBurma

ITALY-10512
Italy

UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10004Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
- Joseph Addison

INDIA-10309NF2India

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FRANCE-10068Lourdes, France

MOROCCO-10059Morocco

AFGHN-13093Afghanistan

A World of Prayer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by stevemccurry
Tibet

Tibet

 

Cambodia

Cambodia

On Prayer
… All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge
And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard,
Above landscapes the color of ripe gold
Transformed by a magic stopping of the sun.
- Czeslaw Milosz, Polish Author

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

 

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when,
whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

United States

United States

 

Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan

 

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
- G. E. Lessing, German writer and philosopher

Amritsar, India

Amritsar, India

 

Tibet

Tibet

 

United States

United States

Listening is the beginning of prayer.
- Mother Teresa

Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia

 

India

India

Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere,
there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage,
and you will understand that prayer is an education.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Kashmir

Kashmir

 

China

China

 

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

…there is a God, there always has been. I see him here, in the eyes of the people in this [hospital] corridor of desperation.
This is the real house of God, this is where those who have lost God will find Him…
there is a God, there has to be, and now I will pray,
I will pray that He will forgive that I have neglected Him all of these years,
forgive that I have betrayed, lied, and sinned with impunity
only to turn to Him now in my hour of need. I pray that He is as merciful,
benevolent, and gracious as His book says He is.
- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Kuchi Nomads Pray in Afghanistan

Kuchi Nomads Pray in Afghanistan

 

Japan

Japan

To be present is to be prayerful.
- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Burma

Burma

 

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

 

Brazil

Brazil

Prayer is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.
- Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

India

India

Thousands of Muslims in Orange County, California,
came together to pray in Angels Stadium to observe Eid al-Adha,
a major Islamic
holiday celebrating the culmination of the annual pilgrimage, Hajj,
which brings
together millions of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- 10/27/2012

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

Lost in Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by stevemccurry
BURMA-10069
Bagan, Burma/Myanmar
 A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. 
- Victor Hugo
CAMBODIA-10319
 Angkor Wat, Cambodia

 Never be afraid to sit a while and think. 
- Lorraine Hansberry,  A Raisin in the Sun
INDIA-10852
 Varanasi, India
AFGHN-13257
Afghanistan 
 
CAMBODIA-10323
  Cambodia

 Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen;
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. 
-Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508
CANADA-10005
Canada 
USA-10550
New York City 
KOREA-10010
South Korea 
UZBEKISTAN-10007
Uzbekistan 
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United States
CHINA-10065China
HONDURAS-10039
Honduras
AFGHN-12422Ahmed Shah Massoud, Kabul, Afghanistan
AFGHN-12906
Bamiyan, Afghanistan
 
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
– Voltaire

CAMBODIA-10298Angor Wat, Cambodia 

KASHMIR-10147
Jammu & Kashmir 
SPAIN-10020NFMuseo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Guernica and the Evolution of Consciousness, Picasso

USA-10292Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
Winnie the Pooh,  A.A. Milne

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