BW books w maugham quote (2)

When I read a book, I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then, I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.

W. Somerset Maugham ‘Of Human Bondage’ (1915)

Guess I just had one such encounter with the book I wrote about in my last post.

How about the rest of you?
Which book(s) has had the honour of making such a claim on you?


2 thoughts on “When a Book Becomes A Part of You

  1. I could cite quite a few, but I think the one that would take pride of place is George Orwells “Down and Out in Paris and London”, as a 15 year old English literature student in 1980, this was the first really serious text that I analysed. My English teacher at the time was a big Orwell fan and we had long debates over large swathes of the book. But the simplest quotes often stay with you, and the two that live on for me are:

    “The stars are a free show; it don’t cost anything to use your eyes”


    “Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.”


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