Courtesy of Brain Pickings. I like this quote too. It comes from Carl Sagan, whose 1980 PBS series Cosmos was such a success. This quote comes from the eleventh episode called “The Persistence of Memory,” and it’s about books.
“What an astonishing thing a book is. Itâ€™s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and youâ€™re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”