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

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
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Such a fire could engulf the books--then what????
Vit Babenco
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Modern people can read but they don't read anything. They stupidly watch television.
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"...every syllable that is spelled out is a spark"? I don't quite agree, Mr Hugo. Those two chapters in your The Hunchback of Notre Dame, one on Notre Dame's architecture and the other on the city of Paris were so tearfully boring, every single syllable was like a dose of catatonia-inducing drug.
JUSTIN Excellence
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"This training has three ends in view. First, the removal of impediments from the path towards God; second, the subjugation of the carnal self (al-nafs al-ammara) to the contented self (al-nafs al-mutma'inna); third, the refinement of the inward (batin)."
— Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Sīnā (Avicenna)




Alexander Ivanov
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He was an extraordinary thinker. Boo hoo!
Alexander Lo
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To learn to read is like making key to the door of knowledge.
ChristopherJohnson
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Well said.
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)


The image of fire had fascinated or rather obsessed people at that time and among those people were not only humanists... If you play with fire, you get burned.
NeuroticHellFem
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Hugo was a giant.
I thought the chapters on Notre Dame's architecture & the city of Paris were boring too, but necessary to get across Hugo's point. He cited architecture as the lingua franca of the medieval man, with the sculptures of religious figures &c. The archdeacon character was an alchemist, & so, saw symbolism in every column of the cathedral.
The Daily Dictionary
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Think intriguing... what a way of accentuating the beauty of reading!
AbhijayBasu
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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)



Absolutely, but beware, the same fire that provides illumination and energy can also burn down the place. So make sure it is controlled intelligently.
Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:06:04 AM

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Love this quote by Victor Hugo.
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Will the spark light you up, or start a fire and consume you? Pure evil should be rare.
Ronnel Gopaul 1
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To which, the Embers must never come into existence.
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no man can say that he has learned everything...definitely, everyday is a learning experience
Trivium_Discipulus
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“Literacy is simply another of slavery until one invokes critical thinking.”
~Unsourced (Possibly Richard Grove from TragedyAndHope.com)

Correct reading is akin to telling the truth in Orwell’s Empire of Lies… revolutionary.

"Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters."
~Victor Hugo
John J. Gerhardt
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The words speak of wisdom.
nkelsey
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Applause
Pieter_Hove
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Vit Babenco wrote:
Modern people can read but they don't read anything. They stupidly watch television.


hahaha!!!!
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:49:11 PM

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While laying to a hospital bed in the U.S. Navy, back in 1960, with a full leg cast, a "gray-lady" came by pushing her library cart full of books. My response to her, when asked if wanted a book to read; "I don't read..." I then explained to her that I had always had a difficulty reading, so she opted to help me. Thanks to her and that damn cast on my leg; I was in the hospital for almost a full year; I began to "teach" myself to read and latterly, fell in love with books and what I found between their pages. May I add, years later while finishing up my college undergraduate work, I encountered this quote of Victor Hugo's and seeing it again today, it gave me a "real-rush"; I wish I could remember the name of that gray lady; thank you so very much where ever you are nice lady.....
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