Affirmation for July 18, 2011: Escape With a Book

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.- Michel de Montaigne
Thought of the day:
Books have an uncanny power to transport us from our everyday lives into the stories and worlds of its characters. They can illustrate broad themes like friendships, love, mystery, or hardship, and they can instill in us feelings of shock, suspense, warmth, sadness, even joy.
The art of storytelling is centuries old, and has always been one of the most accessible forms of entertainment and escape.
Next time you're feeling down, try reading an old classic for free on the Internet at websites like The Gutenberg Project, or visit your local library to pick up a copy of a bestseller. It's a side-effect-free and cost-free way to take a mini-vacation to another place and time.
Have a relaxing day!
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